Newburgh returned to East Shore Park on Saturday looking to maintain their excellent home form against Lochgelly Albert. The visitors appointed a new manager during the week with Andy Healey taking over the hot seat at Gardiners Park. With Healey only just appointed the caretaker manager Davie Sheach took the team for the final time with Healey observing his new squad from the side lines.
Newburgh had Craig Hall back in the centre of defence and Johnny Milton was handed his first start for the team at left back with Grant Skinner unavailable. There were no changes in midfield with Smart, Hutchision and Wright starting again this week. Craig and Fraser Robinson were charged with leading the line alongside Kyle Fraser who made a return to the starting line-up.
Newburgh took the game to Lochgelly from the start and could have opened the scoring in the first minute but for a timely intervention by Armour stopping a driving Fraser Robinson run into the box with a well-timed tackle.
Newburgh’s opening goal came on the tenth minute from a corner. Jack Hutchison drilled a low cross into the box straight to Gordon Clark who struck a perfect volley into the net from 12 yards out.
Newburgh were dominating the game and thoroughly deserved their second goal which came from some excellent work on the left by Johnny Milton. The left back who had settled well in the defence drove forwards managing to get to the by line and deliver a lovely left footed cross over the box. Kyle Fraser met the cross at pace and powered a header into the goal with the ball just licking the underside of the bar giving the keeper no chance.
It didn’t take Newburgh long to add to their tally with their pace of attack causing the visitors defence problems every time they came forwards. With 23 minutes played a fantastic diagonal ball from Clark was taken at pace by Fraser Robinson who drove into the box and placed a shot under the diving Lochgelly keeper to give Newburgh a well-deserved three goal lead.
Newburgh were playing well with patient play from the back. The home team almost added to their lead when Johal took the ball in the wide right area beating his man easily to create space allowing him time to play a measured pass through to Ryan Smart. Smart picked the ball up in the centre circle and drove forward. The ‘Burgh live wire beat two defenders and broke into the box. Smart picked a perfect pass to Craig Robinson who was just about to slot the ball into net when Armour came from nowhere to make a well-timed tackle to deny Newburgh.
Newburgh were well worth their lead and continued to create chances the best of which fell to Craig Hall. A shot in the box from Willie Wright was parried by the keeper with the ball spilling out to Craig Hall 12 yards out. With the keeper on the ground Hall hit his shot at goal only to see his effort squirt off his boot high and wide of the target.
Lochgelly grabbed a goal with 10 minutes of the first half remaining when a missed clearance 20 yards from goal allowed Gowans to pick up the ball and slot it into the empty goal.
The second half was played out in a similar pattern to the first with Newburgh holding a good proportion of the possession and managing the game very well. Lochgelly did create more opportunities for themselves going forward but with Newburgh’s back line in excellent form they never really troubled Sutherlands goal.
The closest Newburgh came to adding to their goal count in the second period was a Craig Robinson shot that had to be cleared off the line by Lochgelly defender Callum Bissett at the back post.
Scott Hudson spoke after the game of his team’s game management “Going three goals up early in the game gave us a tremendous platform to work with. We were very good in possession today and protected the ball well. I don’t think there would have been many complaints if we had gone in at half time even further ahead. We talked at half time about being smart in possession for the remainder of the game and I was just as delighted with the performance in the second half as the first even though we didn’t add any goals”. On the fantastic run of home form Hudson commented “we really have been playing well at East Shore Park and the football we are playing is exactly what we are preaching, possession, movement and pace. We have a real threat up front with all the guys capable of scoring given the chance”.
Newburgh have another home fixture this Saturday when Bathgate Thistle come to East Shore Park. Kick-off is at the earlier time of 2pm this weekend.
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Newburgh welcome Lochgelly Albert to East Shore Park tomorrow in the McBookie.com Premier League South
We have played Lochgelly twice already this season once in the cup and once in the league. Between these two games there have been 16 goals from open play. 9 scored by Lochgelly and 7 scored by Newburgh,
Lochgelly were winners in the reverse league fixture 5 – 3 with Newburgh running out winners in the Fife & Lothians cup after the match ended 4 – 4 and Newburgh won the penalty shoot out.
If you enjoy football and are looking for a value for money afternoon head on down to East Shore Park.
Kick off is at 14:30 and the ground will be open from 13:30. We look forward to seeing everyone at the game
Entry Adult £5 – Concession £3 – Under 16’s free.
The home of Newburgh Junior Football Club is also used by the local primary school, the cubs and the local racing pigeon club, and could, we believe, offer much more to our community.
The opportunity to secure this area for community use has arisen using the Community Asset Transfer process. This allows community groups to take over ownership of land or buildings from a public body to enable them to deliver services to the community. This acquisition must be of benefit to local residents.
Newburgh Community Trust was set up 13 years ago to provide a vehicle through which local people could influence the future of the town. It now owns the piers along the waterfront and the former reservoir, Lochmill, managing them on behalf of the local community. The Trust is now looking to secure community backing to allow the community to purchase East Shore Park from Fife Council and so secure it for the people of Newburgh as a recreational and sporting area in community ownership and would like to know what you think.
Lochore Welfare 3 Newburgh 0
Newburgh’s poor run of form away from East Shore Park continued on Saturday with a defeat at the hands of Lochore Welfare.
With manager Andy Healey leaving the club the weekend prior senior player James Adam took the reins for the home side.
Newburgh manager Hudson selected Scott Sutherland and Ryan Hughes up front beside Craig Robinson who had grabbed a brace the weekend before in the cup tie with Lochgelly Albert.
From the kick off it was obvious that Lochore were fired up and looking to put in a performance with their side full of energy and pressing Newburgh at every opportunity.
Newburgh struggled to get into the game in the early stages and were unable to create anything going forwards. With 20 minutes played Newburgh were awarded a free kick half midway in the Lochore half of the pitch. Jack Hutchison swung a cross into the box that the home defence cleared into the Newburgh half. McNeish broke and was able to steal the ball from Hutchison who had made good ground up to get between the Lochore forward and the ball only to lose his footing as he went to clear the ball. Calum Sutherland in the Burgh goal slipped at the same time and could not correct himself as he watch McNeish’s chip loop over his head into the ‘Burgh goal to give Lochore the lead.
Newburgh pushed hard towards the end of the first half looking for an equaliser with a series of corners which were defended well by the home side. As the half drew to a close Ryan Hughes made a break down the right outpacing his marker and getting to the bye line where a clumsy challenge from the defender up ended the ‘Burgh striker at pace causing him to slide into a post that borders the pitch. Attention was given by the Newburgh physio allowing Hughes to re-join the game as the half ended.
Ryan Hughes tried to run off the knock but had to be replaced 5 minutes into the second half by Kyle Fraser.
With ten minutes of the second half played Lochore doubled their lead. A ball back to Sutherland in the ‘Burgh goal bobbled just in front of the keeper and his clearance squirted off his book to Lochore striker Johnstone who drove forward and placed a shot past Sutherland in to the net.
‘Burgh manager Hudson tried to change the game with Fraser Robinson replacing Ryan Smart on the hour. Robinson’s fresh legs aided Newburgh going forward. Willie Wright was unlucky with a volley that shot over the Lochore bar. Newburgh pressed the game trying to get themselves into contention but the Lochore back line stood firm restricting Newburgh to half chances.
With 5 minutes remaining in the game Lochore capitalised on Newburgh pushing up the park when a long ball from the goalkeeper caught out the ‘Burgh defence. Johnstone took a superb first touch on the edge of the 18 yard box and placed a shot high into the net giving Sutherland no chance in the ‘Burgh goal.
Manager Hudson was disappointed in his sides lack lustre performance “we were really off the pace today, there was no cohesion to anything we did in the park. It is a tough one to take having broken our away duck last week we were looking to push on. We will sit down this week and have a good talk through the game with the players and get this game out of our system so that we are fresh for next weekend’s game”.
Newburgh welcome Lochgelly Albert to East Shore Park this Saturday in a league fixture. Kick-off is at 2:30pm at East Shore Park.
Lochgelly Albert 4 Newburgh 4
PenLTY SHOOT OUT – Lochgelly Albert 4 – Newburgh 5
Newburgh travelled to Lochgelly on Saturday looking to improve their away form, with manager Scott Hudson on holiday assistant manager Scott Lawson took the reigns for this Fife & Lothians cup tie.
Craig Hall slotted into central defence returning from injury and Wille Wright regained his starting slot in the team.
Lochgelly’s young line up started the game well with the wide areas giving them the most success as they pushed forward. Newburgh’s defence held strong and quelled the early attacks as they eased themselves into the game.
The opening goal of the game gave Lochgelly the lead and it came from a Newburgh corner. The ball broke out to the left where Cooper picked the ball up and drove the Newburgh defence, a tackle by Johal sprung the ball to Sutherland in the goal who got the ball caught up in his feet allowing Devaney in to steal the ball and slot it home.
The goal came somewhat against the run of play and Newburgh continued to press forward. Newburgh’s front three were causing the home defence problems when they drove forwards and a succession of corners were awarded to Newburgh as Lochgelly clung to their lead.
The second goal of the game for Lochgelly came on the 26th minute. Lochgelly doubled their lead with an excellent goal from Cooper. The young winger picked the ball up 25 yards out and drove forward, he struck a shot from the edge of the 18-yard box that was perfectly placed out of Sutherland reach in the top corner.
Newburgh grabbed a foothold in the game 10 minutes later. Craig Robinson, who had been causing the home defence problems from the start of the game, latched on to a Lambert pass and got goal side of his marker. Robinson homed in on goal and slotted the ball under the advancing keeper into the net.
Newburgh’s tails were up as they pushed for an equaliser. Lochgelly hung on but were wavering under the pressure that was being exerted on their goal. Newburgh grabbed an equaliser with 3 minutes of the half to play. A corner was whipped into the box by Lambert which wasn’t properly cleared by the home defence. The ball looped up in the air and Willie Wright rose at the back post to head it into the net.
At half time the Newburgh supporter must have been confident that their side were going to come out in the second half and take the game to Lochgelly.
It only took 10 minutes of the half for their hopes to be quashed as Lochgelly were once again allowed in to re-take the lead with a mix up in defence allowing Start to grab the ball and smash a shot past Sutherland high into the net.
Newburgh’s hopes of a quarter final in the cup were pushed further into the back ground as Devaney added another goal for the home side to extend their lead to 4 – 2 on 65th minute.
Newburgh did not allow this to st back to quell their desire to get forward and they continued to press Lochgelly back.
Scott Lawson shuffled his pack with 15 minutes to go swapping Wright, who had played well in midfield, for Hutchison and bringing on Ryan Hughes for the tiring Sean MacBride.
The fresh legs helped Newburgh get back into the game with Hughes energy up front creating several chances. Hutchison slotted into the middle of the park and his work allowed Smart to get further up the park.
It was from another corner after a period of Newburgh pressure that the equalising goal came. The ball dropped into the box and was not cleared by the home defence, as the home side attempted to clear the ball Robinson stepped in to smash the ball home from 3 yards out.
Newburgh could have finished the tie off in the closing minutes when Hughes shot deflected just wide taking the game to penalties.
Newburgh took the opening penalty and following conversions from Johal, Hall, Fraser, Hughes and Lambert it was Lochgelly who blinked first when Perrie, who had been excellent for Lochgelly, struck his penalty against the post giving Newburgh the win.
Scott Lawson was delighted with the way his side had twice fought their way back from behind “we never gave up and even after the set back at the start of the second half I still fancied us to go through”.
Newburgh are once again away from home this coming weekend as they travel to Lochore Welfare in the league.
This McBookie.com Premier League South match sees Lochore Welfare, currently in tenth place entertain fourth place Newburgh at Central Park. The last time these sides met was in the McBookie.com Premier League South match back on 23 May 2018 at East Shore Park where Lochore Welfare beat Newburgh 1-2.
From their last 6 league matches Lochore Welfare have taken 6 points, having won 1, lost 2, drawn 3 scoring 11 goals and conceding 17, while the visitors have taken 9 points with 3 wins, 3 defeats and 0 draws, scoring 13 goals and conceding 15.
The form favours the visitors but this could be a close match.
South Premier League fixtures
|Saturday 20 October 2018|
|Armadale Thistle||v||Rosyth||Kick Off: 2.30pm|
|Bathgate Thistle||v||Stoneyburn Juniors||Kick Off: 2.30pm|
|Harthill Royal||v||Lochgelly Albert||Kick Off: 2.30pm|
|Livingston United||v||Pumpherston Juniors||Kick Off: 2.30pm||
|West Calder United||v||Kirkcaldy YM||Kick Off: 2.30pm|