Month: January 2019

Match report Harthill Royal v Newburgh

Harthill Royal 6 Newburgh 2

Newburgh suffered a second half collapse at Harthill on Saturday in their McBookie.com league fixture. Newburgh and Harthill had faced up twice already this season with only a single goal separating the sides on both occasions.

On a very difficult surface it was Harthill who took the lead in the 16th minute when Johnston outpaced the defence to slot the ball past Sutherland.

Newburgh rallied and played some good football going forward with Hughes and Hastie’s pace testing the home defence.

Newburgh’s equaliser came from a in the 23rd minute. A perfect cross was delivered by Hutchison and met by Fraser moving at pace to head the ball powerfully into the home sides net.

In testing conditions, the game became dis-jointed with neither team able to create chances. However as half time approached it was Newburgh who finally managed to make the break through.

The sprightly Hughes latched on to a long through ball outpacing his marker to drive in towards goal. The Harthill keeper charged out of his box but Hughes slipped the ball past him and bore in on the empty goal slotting the ball into the net to give Newburgh the lead as half time approached.

As he teams started the second half the heavy rain abated but the pitch was very heavy and with the strong wind behind them Harthill pressed Newburgh back from the off.

Newburgh were losing the battle in the middle of the park and it was only a matter of time till the home side breached the ‘Burgh back line.

The equalising goal came on the 62nd minute and from then on in the home side were on the front foot. Newburgh held out until the 71st minute when the home side took the lead and with Newburgh struggling to make any impact on the game going forwards Harthill added further goals in the 78th, 82nd and 88th minute to give them a convincing and deserved win.

Manager Hudson spent a considerable amount of time in the changing room after the game talking to his side. Speaking after the game his disappointment was evident “We never turned up in the second half and the most disappointing thing is we had really taken the game to them in the first half and were playing well. The conditions can’t be blamed as it was as difficult for Harthill as it was for us. We need to start to perform as well as we did in the first half for much longer in games to win in this league as there are no easy games”.

 Newburgh start a run of three home fixtures in a row this Saturday when Kirkcaldy YM are the visitors to East Shore Park. Kick-off is at 2pm

Match report Thornton Hibs v Newburgh

Thornton Hibs 5 Newburgh 1

With several injured hampering his squad Scott Hudson made several changes to his starting 11 for this sectional League Cup fixtures at Thornton Hibs on Saturday. With predominately midfield players out Hall, Stapleton and Nicol were all drafted into the starting midfield.

The game came alive on the 13th minute when Newburgh took the lead. A Hughes corner was met by Skinner who headed the ball confidently past Warrender in the Thornton goal.

Thornton pushed Newburgh back from the kick off earning a corner that was delivered from the right into the path of Adam Drummond who rose well at the back post heading the ball goal bound. Ryan Hughes who was on the back post stopped the ball crossing the line and was adjudged by the referee to have used a hand in doing so. Hughes was shown a straight red card reducing Newburgh to ten men for the remainder of the game. Stuart Drummond made no mistake from the spot to restore parity.

The extra man told for Thornton after 36 minutes taking the lead when Orrock smashed home a Thomson shot that had rebounded off the post into his path.

Newburgh did well to contain the home side up to half time restricting them shots from range with some resolute defending from the ‘Burgh back line.

The second half began well for Newburgh with some neat interplay between Robinson and Stapleton crafting a half chance for Sutherland who unfortunately couldn’t get power behind his shot to trouble the home goal.

The game was taken out of sight for Newburgh in the 53rd minute. A free kick form the edge of the box was met by Adam Drummond in the air and perfectly flighted header soared over Sutherland in the ‘Burgh goal.

Newburgh introduced fresh legs on the 64th minute bringing on Fraser Robinson and Johnny Milton for Craig Robinson and Greg Stapleton who had both played well throughout the game.

As the newly introduced players were settling into the game Thornton added a fourth goal to their tally from another poorly defended free kick. Millar met Robertson’s cross unopposed at the back post to volley the ball into the net.

Thornton’s final goal of the game came five minutes later with the industrious Thomson finally getting himself on the score sheet. A Drummond free kick was cleared by Clark ricocheting off Cunningham to Garry Thomson who made no mistake from 6 yards out.

To Newburgh’s credit they finished the game playing well without managing to threaten Warrenders goal. 

Scott Hudson was happy with the performance of his team particularly having had to play out the majority of the match with ten men “The referee’s view of the incident was far better than mine but Ryan is insistent that he didn’t make a move to the ball with his hand when it struck him. We just have to accept the decision and get on with the game which we did and to the teams credit they gave everything they had. It is always difficult facing teams from the higher leagues and the extra man made it even more of a challenge”. 

Newburgh return to league business next Saturday with a visit to Harthill Royal. The game kicks off at 1:45 pm.

Match report Newburgh v Kennoway Star Hearts

Newburgh 0 Kennoway Star Hearts 3

Newburgh welcomed Superleague side Kennoway Star Hearts to East Shore Park in the return leg of the Thorntons property East region league cup on Saturday. The fixture at Treaton Park resulted in a heavy defeat for Newburgh having played 80 minutes of the game with ten men due to an early sending off.

Newburgh’s squad was bolstered with the signings of Cunningham and Stapleton, both of whom featured in the squad, Cunningham starting and Stapleton on the bench.

The game started well for Newburgh with some good possession and forward momentum putting the visitors under pressure. Newburgh forced a series of corners that were well dealt with by the Kennoway defence.

The opening goal of the game on the 13th minute came from a quick break by Kennoway who had been defending a corner. The ball was played long to Muir who controlled the ball well and lifted a speculative lob over the Sutherland who had come out of his area to try and clear the ball. Muir’s lob bounced once before dropping into the net.

Kennoway were buoyed by their opening goal and pushed to extend the lead. Newburgh were holding fast at the back with a goal line clearance by Craig Robinson the closest the visitors came to extending their lead. The pressure began to tell on the home side, a series of corners for Kennoway culminated in a second goal. A well taken corner was met by Bryce at the front post who flicked a header into the top corner on the 24th minute.

In the run up to the half time break Newburgh began to create chances, Hastie and Fraser Robinson were causing the home defence problems stretching them, chasing down every ball that was played forward. The best of these chances fell to Hutchison who broke free in midfield and drove in on goal. As the Kennoway keeper closed him down he pulled his shot wide of the target.

In the second half Newburgh continued to probe the resolute Kennoway defence for a foot hold in the game. Manager Hudson freshened up his attack on the hour with Scott Sutherland and Greg Stapleton replacing Hastie and Craig Robinson.

As Newburgh pushed for a goal Kennoway were always likely to break quickly up the park exploiting the space being left in midfield by Newburgh. Cunningham, making his debut for Newburgh, was alert having an excellent game and looked assured alongside Clark in the defence. The youngsters play belied his years as he broke up any Kennoway attacks.

Skinner began to find space on the left and was increasingly playing forward supporting Robinson. On the 78th minute this pair combined to open up the Kennoway defence on the left hand side. Robinson got beyond his man and delivered an inviting ball across the face of the goal that was beyond the strikers reach. 

With time running out Newburgh pushed hard but Kennoways defence held firm denying any clear cut opportunities.

With the game into stoppage time a corner for Kennoway found Brewster un-marked to head the ball across the line to. The referee blew for full time before the re-start could be taken.

A frustrated Hudson spoke after the game of his pride and frustration “We made a poor start going down to the two early goals which meant we were always chasing the game. If we could have made an impact on the score line before half time I think it wold have been a very interesting second half. I am really pleased that the lads dug in and really imposed our game on Kennoway in the second half. Logan and Greg both did what we asked of them and should be proud of their contribution”.

Newburgh are in cup action again this Saturday with another league cup game in prospect. A trip to Superleague Thornton Hibs will be another stern test for Newburgh.