Month: April 2018

Newburgh v Scone Thistle match report

Newburgh 1 Scone Thistle 4

For the third Saturday in a row Newburgh were at home this weekend’s North League opponents were Scone Thistle who were sitting towards the top half of the league having had a successful season.

Newburgh manager Scott Hudson introduced Michael Cooper to the match day squad that faced Luncarty midweek with both Callum Connolly and Kieran Foy unavailable.

In almost perfect conditions Newburgh got the game underway and took the play to Scone with Reilly and McKenzie combing well in the midfield to free MacBride on the left, the youngster swept a ball across the box with Fraser just unable
to reach the ball in front of goal.

Scone took the lead after 11 minutes with a long ball from the defence catching out Newburgh’s defence allowing Avollo to slide a pass in to Carlon who picked his spot and slotted the ball past Warrender from the angle of the 6 yard box.

Newburgh picked themselves up from the early setback and continued to press Scone forcing a series of corners. On the 18th minute the equaliser came from some great play with slick passing and movement throughout the team allowing
MacBride and Gay to combine down the left to work the ball out to Wilson. The ‘Burgh captain dipped his shoulder and beat his man for space to provide an inch perfect cross to Rogerson who was attacking at the back post. Rogerson volleyed the ball home to
cap off a superb passage of play.

Scone restored their lead just 5 minutes later with the youngster Carlon again being the provider after some neat work in the midfield from Avollo once again. Scone had their tails up and could sense that Newburgh were rocking at this point.
A flurry of chances were created with Warrender being called upon to keep the visitors at bay.

Scone’s vital third goal came on the 33rd minute from Mitchell whose physical presence had been causing Newburgh’s defence problems from the off. The big striker converted a cross from Sinclair to give Scone the two goal advantage
that they had been pushing for.

The second half as with the previous game at Luncarty was to be a different affair with Newburgh pinning Scone back for large chunks of the game without managing to convert the pressure into goals. Fraser and Gay were always likely to cause
problems when they had the ball and with McKenzie and Macbride offering width there was space being created that Newburgh were exploiting. The closest that Newburgh came to scoring was a Reilly free kick that was conceded on the edge of the box. Reilly’s attempt
was off target and Scone were let off once again.

The physicality in the game was growing and Fraser had to be replaced on the 76th minute when a strong challenge ended the ‘Burgh strikers game with a fairly serious knee injury.

There was another flash point in the 80th minute with Mitchell earning himself a straight red card for a high tackle on Paul MacBride, whose reaction led to him receiving a second yellow card and also being sent to the shower

With the game running to an end Scone exploited the space vacated by MacBride in the Newburgh defence with Avollo, who had played well throughout the game, securing Scone’s fourth goal.

Manager Hudson is happy to be seeing progress every week in the side and is looking to turn this into results, “There were phases in this game when I see the team playing how we want them to and this is paying off for us. We now need to
do this more consistently and manage the game better when we are without the ball.

Hudson commented on the injury to Kyle Fraser “Kyle will go to physio on Monday to be assessed, we hope that the injury is not too serious and he is back playing as soon as possible. Everyone at the club wishes him a speedy recovery.”

Newburgh are away to Coupar Angus next weekend kick off is at 2:30.

Newburgh: Warrender, Rogerson, Wilson (Perrie 76) , P MacBride, Meaney, Reilly, Fraser (Connor 69), Gay, S MacBride, Tabengwa, McKenzie (Brocklebank 62),

'Burgh lotto result

The ‘Burgh lotto draw was made this evening at Last Orders
Numbers 4-8-11 were drawn and there were no tickets matching the winning numbers
The prize pot rises to £400 next week.
Tickets available throughout the town and from any committee member.

Luncarty v Newburgh match report

Luncarty 5 Newburgh 0

Newburgh travelled to Luncarty for their first midweek fixture of the season with high hopes of an improved performance following the capitulation to Kinnoull on Saturday fresh in their minds.
Manager Scott Hudson swapped Meaney for Perrie and Rogerson for Brocklebank in the starting 11 to ensure there were fresh legs in the team facing a strong Luncarty side who are still in the race for the top spot in the league.
Luncarty, who lost by the odd goal in three to local rivals Scone Thistle on Saturday past, started the game at high tempo obviously still smarting from their unexpected defeat at the weekend. The home sides pace and movement blew Newburgh away in the opening 20 minutes with the ‘Burgh finding themselves 4 goals down and chasing shadows all over the park.
Luncarty were deserving of the lead and very much looked to be going to overrun Newburgh and rectify their goal difference deficit against their rivals at the top of the league.
Newburgh made a tactical substitution around the half hour mark to shore up the midfield introducing Connolly for Sean MacBride. This helped to stop the onslaught with Connolly’s grit and determination in midfield helping to break up the Luncarty possession.
Newburgh limped in at half time licking their wounds. The second half was to be a different game altogether. Newburgh’s defence marshalled by Paul MacBride and Paddy Highley were dealing far better with the Luncarty attacks and crucially retaining possession when they won the ball back.
With Jamie Gay stamping himself on the Newburgh looked the more likely to score. Fraser Wilson and Kyle Fraser combined well on the left on the 58th minute with the ‘Burgh captain Wilson making a strong run into the box only to have the ball whipped away from him by the Luncarty defence just as he was about to shoot in goal.
Luncarty were always dangerous in their attacks and added a further goal to their tally on the 67th minute with a well-placed header at the near post beating Warrender.
Newburgh continued to play well for the remainder of the game without creating any clear cut chances seeing out the final 20 minutes of the game in a far better fashion that the opening 20.
Hudson spoke after the game “we warned the lads before the kick off that Luncarty would be smarting from their defeat at the weekend and we expected them to come out of the blocks quickly. We didn’t do ourselves any favours conceding so early and were on the back foot right away”.
Looking to this Saturdays game at home against Scone Thistle Hudson commented “this is going to be a game we look for a reaction from the lads, we have to put up a more consistent performance and get out tempo right from the start at a level that makes it difficult for teams to deal with”.
Newburgh welcome Scone Thistle to East Shore Park this Saturday – kick off is at 14:30
Newburgh: Warrender, Meaney, P MacBride, Highley, Wilson, Reilly (Brocklebank), MacKenzie, Gay, Fraser, S MacBride (Connolly 38), Rogerson

Newburgh v Kinnoull match report

Newburgh 1 Kinnoull 6

Newburgh went into this game against one of the league’s top sides on the back of some really good performances of late. With Rogerson and Foy missing due to work commitments Perrie and Brocklebank were boosted into the starting line-up.

Kinnoull kicked off and were immediately on the attack with their front line working well together causing Newburgh problems defensively from the off. A poorly executed offside trap allowed Kinnoull in after 7 minutes when Smith latched
on to a through ball lifted the ball over Warrender to open the scoring.

The game was very much flowing in one direction at this point and Kinnoull extended their lead 10 minutes later from a corner which found Ragan unmarked with time to slot the ball away.

Newburgh wakened up at this point and started to work the ball around the park holding possession and making Kinnoull defend. On the half hour mark Jamie gay made a run though midfield moving the ball wide to Fraser Wilson who beat his
man and created an opening for Fraser to shoot in on goal, a defensive leg cleared the ball only as far as Gavin Reilly on the 18 yard line who smashed a perfectly placed shot high into the Kinnoull net.

Newburgh continued to play well in the remainder of the first half and were matching Kinnoull well. Just as their thoughts were turning to a half time team talk this was to change when a speculative ball into the box was headed home by
Smith to extend the visitors lead.

The second half started badly for Newburgh when 5 minutes in a rash challenge in the box resulted in a penalty award to Kinnoull. The spot kick was deftly converted by Whyte to further extend the visitors advantage.

The second half found Newburgh struggling to match the energy and organisation of Kinnoull on the park and a further two goals midway through the half left Newburgh licking their wounds on a day best forgotten.

Manager Scott Hudson was realistic after the game “the goal on the stroke of half time changed everything for us, we had been competing well up to that point. To lose a goal so soon after break really took the wind out of our sails and
the most disappointing thing for me was how our performance level dropped at this point”.

Newburgh face a midweek trip to Luncarty on Wednesday 25th and then welcome Scone Thistle to East Shore Park this Saturday.

Newburgh: Warrender, Perrie (Meaney), P MacBride, Highley, Wilson, Connolly (McKenzie 70), Reilly, Brocklebank, Gay, S MacBride, Fraser