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),