Month: November 2018

Newburgh v West Calder match report

With a number of the squad unavailable Newburgh manager Scott Hudson selected two young trialists to take their places on the bench against West Calder. Ryan Hughes earned himself a place in the starting line up with Harris Lambert slotting back into the midfield.

West Calder have been a difficult team to break down this season having drawn 7 of their previous 12 league fixtures.

East Shore Park had seen a lot of rain over the previous few days and was wet and slippery and not really conducive to Newburgh’s normal slick passing game.

West Calder opened the scoring after only 4 minutes when a deft chip by Stanaird from 25 yards out caught the defence and ‘Burgh keeper Sutherland on their heels looping perfectly into the net.

Newburgh pressed for an equaliser and were putting a lot of pressure on the West Calder goal with Ryan Hughes pace causing the right back problems. A driving run from the Burgh striker resulted in a series of corners that resulted in the equalising goal. A front post flick lifted the ball over the defence to Scott Sutherland who made no mistake from 5 yards out powering a header into the open net to give the home side a deserved equalising goal with 24 minutes on the clock.

Newburgh could have taken the lead shortly after with the industrious Hughes picking the ball up again in a wide area to drive in on goal and smash a vicious left foot shot off the post, the ball broke to Robinson whose powerful strike from inside the box was well saved by Black in the West Calder goal.

Newburgh were in full flow as the half drew to an end with Sutherland, Lambert and Fraser all crafting individual chances none of which could be converted to give the ‘Burgh a lead at the break.

The second half was only 8 minutes old when the home side deservedly took a lead in the game and it was from a fantastic piece of team play. Sean MacBride intercepted a loose pass and moved the ball forward to Fraser Robinson who beat his man and slid and inch perfect pass up the right wing to Scott Sutherland who timed his run perfectly to get beyond the right back to the bye line. The ‘Burgh striker drove a perfect cross to his strike partner Ryan Hughes who side footed the ball past Black to give Newburgh a well-deserved lead.

Newburgh pressed on looking for a decisive third goal. The home side had the game by the scruff of the neck and were winning the fifty-fifty battles around the park. Kyle Fraser was withdrawn just after the hour with the fresh legs of Craig Robinson introducing a fresh impetus to the game as Newburgh pressed hard for a goal. Black in the West Calder goal was having a fine game and proved his worth several times keeping his side in the game.

With time running out Newburgh introduced triallists O’Rourke and Hastie with the tiring Sutherland and Hughes replaced.

As the game entered time added on West Calder forced a corner. Black came up from his goal and powered a strong header goalward that was cleared by Clark. The ball broke up the park and with Hastie and O’Rourke combined well almost putting the game out of reach but for a timely intervention by McLaren. The ball was pumped up the park once more as West Calder threw everything at Newburgh. Another corner was awarded as the clock ticked on with 4 minutes of time added on. The pressure paid off for the visitors. The corner was headed powerfully towards goal with Calum Sutherland pulling off a magnificent save pushing the ball on to his bar only for it to drop to McLaren who headed the ball into the net. As the re-start was taken the referee blew for time.

Scott Husdon spoke after the game “West Calder proved how difficult they are to beat, we needed a third goal as there is always the chance that they would nick an equaliser. Fair play to them they battled hard and didn’t give up. We will learn from this as a team. We had chances to put the game beyond them and but for some fantastic goalkeeping we would have taken all three points”.

Newburgh have a free week this Saturday with the game against Thornton Hibs cancelled as the Scottish Cup tie between Thornton and Renfrew takes precedence.

 

This weekend’s Newburgh fixture

Newburgh v West Calder United
McBookie.com Premier League South
Saturday 24/11/2018

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MATCH FORECAST

This McBookie.com Premier League South match sees Newburgh, currently in fourth place entertain eighth place West Calder United at East Shore Park.  This is the first meeting of these two sides this season

From their last 6 league matches Newburgh have taken 9 points, having won 3, lost 3, drawn 0 scoring 9 goals and conceding 15, while the visitors have taken 8 points with 2 wins, 2 defeats and 2 draws, scoring 17 goals and conceding 15.

The form favours the home side but this could be a close match, with maybe a draw being the likely result.

Match Stats (Last 6 League Games)
Newburgh
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West Calder United
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Points 9 8
Wins 3 2
Losses 3 2
Draws 0 2
Goals for 9 17
Goals Against 15 15
Goal Diff -6 2
Newburgh   WLWLWL
West Calder United   DWLLDW

Match report – Stoneyburn 2 – Newburgh 3

Newburgh traveled to Stoneyburn on Saturday on the back of two subsequent defeats. Having lost to Bathgate Thistle at home, Newburgh’s first points lost at East Shore Park, they were looking to pick up their first points on the road in this fixture.

With Manager Hudson unavailable due to work assistant Scott Lawson took the reins. Gordon Clark replaced Craig Hall in the centre of defence alongside Aman Johal. Sean MacBride dropped into defence with the Robinson brothers starting together on the right hand side.

Stoneyburn started the game strongly pressing forward in the wide areas stretching the Newburgh defence which held fast limiting the home side to shots from distance that did not trouble Calum Sutherland in the ‘Burgh goal

With 17 minutes played Stoneyburn won a corner with a shot deflected wide by Johnny Milton. The corner was floated over to Evan Drew at the back post who rose un-challenged to power a header home.

Newburgh pressed forward with Fraser and Craig Robinson combining well stretching the home defence allowing space for Kyle Fraser and Scott Sutherland to exploit. Sutherland was seeing more of the ball and a neat pass from Johal led to the equalising goal with 27 minutes played. The ‘Burgh striker gathered the ball in and turned smartly making space to shoot from just inside the penalty area. The shot was blocked with the referee judging that the defender had used a hand to stop the flight of the ball awarding a penalty. Sutherland stepped up and converted the spot kick.

Protests from the home dugout resulted in two of the home management team being removed from the technical area.

The game continued at a frantic pace with neither team able to take advantage of the chances they created.

The second half was only five minutes old when Newburgh took the lead. Craig Robinson made good progress down the left hand side and with the Stoneyburn defence drifting towards the left Sutherland found himself in space in the middle of the box. Robinson did well to find his strike partner from the by line. Sutherland had time to gather the ball and pick his spot from ten yards out slotting the ball home.

Newburgh’s midfield trio of Smart Hutchison and Robinson were working hard to break up any attacks in midfield. The play was fast paced with Stoneyburn looking to grab an equaliser.

With just over the hour played Gallagher picked the ball up in midfield for the home side but Sutherland nipped in and took the ball off his toe as he was about to release a pass. The Stoneyburn defender fouled Sutherland attempting to regain possession and then swung a wild kick at the Newburgh striker. The referee had no hesitation in sending Gallagher off with a straight red.

Newburgh pressed hard to add a third goal with the advantage of the extra man. The home side contained them and created chances of their own to pull level with their wide players causing Newburgh defence problems whenever they drove on. Smart and Hutchison were finding more and more space in the centre of the park. Ryan Hughes replaced the tireless Kyle Fraser up front for Newburgh after 76 minutes.

Stoneyburn pulled themselves level with 82 minutes on the clock with an excellent goal from Robertson. A diagonal pass from Wade in midfield was perfectly weighted over the ‘Burgh defence for the wide man to lash a right foot volley home from 6 yards out.

Newburgh regained their lead with 2 minutes of regular time to play. Hughes who had looked lively since his introduction, picked the ball up wide on the left and drove forward beating his marker to make space for Sutherland on the right who beat his man and reversed a pass to find Hutchison free in the box. The young ‘Burgh midfielder, who had been having a strong game, turned well and guided a left foot shot high into the net.

Newburgh played out the remainder of the game in the Stoneyburn half. Sean MacBride was replaced by Grant Skinner as the clock was played out. With seconds remaining in the game Scott Sutherland picked up his second yellow of the game to be sent from the pitch early by the referee.

Coach Scott Lawson was delighted to have picked up the team’s first points on the road, “Our intensity levels were good today with the whole team working really hard for each other. We stressed to the team that there are no free points in this league every single point has to be earned and we really had to work hard to earn the three points today”. Lawson was positive about the contribution made by the whole squad, “we have lads playing who have taken their chance when selected and we have really good competition for places now. We know that anyone coming off the bench will have a point to prove as they want a place in the starting line-up next week”.

Newburgh start a run of three games at home next weekend with West Calder visiting East Shore Park. Kick-off is at 1:45 with the ground open from 1pm.

Newburgh’s next fixture

Newburgh travel across the River Forth this weekend to face Stoneyburn Juniors.

The reverse fixture which was on the opening weekend of the league programme resulted in a 3 -2 win for Newburgh in a closely fought game. THis is sure to be a cracking fixture with both teams looking to consolidate their points total in the league.

Match report Kennoway Star Hearts v Newburgh

Kennoway Star Hearts 5 Newburgh 0

Newburgh’s first foray into the Thorntons League Cup began with a heavy defeat at the hands of Super league side Kennoway Star Hearts.

This is the inaugural year of the Thorntons League Cup with the tournament starting with a sectional element. Newburgh have been drawn in a section with Kennoway Star Hearts and Thornton Hibs. Each team plays one another home and away with the winner of the section progressing to a knockout stage. In the opening fixture last weekend Kennoway Star Hearts lost 2 – 0 away from home to Thornton Hibs.

Newburgh made the worst possible start to their cup campaign when after only 6 minutes of play they were reduced to 10 men with Paul MacBride being sent for an early shower. The ‘Burgh defender knocked over a Kennoway attacker in the box conceding a penalty. The referee adjudged this to be a goal scoring opportunity and somewhat harshly sent the ‘Burgh defender off with a straight red card. Kennoway’s Johnstone then stepped up and sliced the penalty kick wide of the goal.

It did not take long for the home side to make the extra man count on the scoreboard. With 11 minutes played the opening goal came from an excellent run down the left hand side. The ball was crossed through the defence with Liam Craig on hand to hit a first time strike that Calum Sutherland managed to parry. The ball broke back to Craig who made no mistake with his second strike high into the net.

Newburgh manager Scott Hudson made personnel changes bringing on defender Grant Skinner for forward Kyle Fraser to try and shore up the defence. The move helped but it allowed the home side to claim possession easily with Scott Sutherland the lone Newburgh forward struggling to make much headway in the game.

The pressure told after 26 minutes when possession was lost in midfield, Rolland latched on to a long ball with just the goalkeeper Calum Sutherland to beat. Rolland won the foot race and lifted a delicate chip over the Burgh keeper to double the lead.

The one way traffic continued as Newburgh looked to hold on to half time. The defence was holding fast and it took a wonder strike from Craig to beat Sutherland. A free kick was cleared by Craig Hall with the ball dropping to Craig outside the box. The striker took a first time strike that flew straight into the top corner.

The start to the second half was almost as difficult as the first had been with Kennoway adding two goals in the space of two minutes with band netting a brace on the 51st and 53rd minute of the game.

Newburgh played some of their best football in the closing quarter of the game with chances being created for Sutherland and also Robinson coming close to breaking the duck but for some excellent goalkeeping.

Burgh manager Scott Sutherland spoke after the game “To lose Paul so early in the game really blew the game plan out the window. We were always chasing the game from them on in. We moved to a 5 man midfield to try and stop their attacks but this just left us very little to work with up front as Scott was then isolated”.

Newburgh return to league this Saturday with a trip across the River Forth to face Stoneyburn Juniors. Kick-off is at the earlier time of 13:45