Month: February 2019

Match report – Bathgate Thistle 2 Newburgh 2

Newburgh travelled across the River Forth on Saturday to visit Bathgate Thistle in the East Premier League. The reverse fixture at East Shore Park was an entertaining and closely fought encounter which the 3 – 0 score line in favour of the West Lothian side did not truly reflect.

Newburgh manager Scott Hudson handed a Newburgh debut to Callum McCleary on the left side of midfield.

Bathgate started the game strongly playing expansive football moving the ball well across the perfect pitch. As Newburgh grew into the game they forced a corner when Fraser Robinson drove down the left forcing the defence to clear as Robinson was about to drive a shot at goal.

Callum McCleary on the wide left was threatening the defence every time he picked up possession. The youngsters pace was clearly an issue for the right back and his determined running won Newburgh a corner in the 15th minute. Sean MacBride stepped up and drove the corner low across the box. The ball flew between the defenders and goalkeeper and snuck into the net at the back post to give Newburgh the lead.

Bathgate tried to pull themselves level but good defensive work by Newburgh was limiting them to shots from range as the home side could not turn their possession into goals.

Newburgh always looked threatening on the break, Kyle Fraser was playing well leading from the front always keeping the Bathgate defence on their toes as he closed them down whenever they had possession.

Bathgate equalised on the 32nd minute with a relay well worked goal, some creative one touch football worked an opening on the right for the ball to be delivered to the back post where Feeney net the ball at pace driving it high into the net.

Newburgh found themselves on the back foot for the remainder of the first half and would be the happier of the two sides to go into the break level.

The second half started at a frantic pace with Bathgate coming out of the blocks quickly looking to establish a lead in the game. With 48 minutes on the clock the home side were awarded a penalty when a poorly timed challenge by Johal up-ended the striker in the penalty area. Calum Sutherland, in the ‘Burgh goal pulled off a fantastic save to deny Bathgate the lead.

Newburgh were forced to make a change shortly after the re-start when MacBride who had taken a knock late in the first half had to come off with Craig Robinson introduced in his place.

Newburgh held strong up until the 54th minute when Dalrymple scored a well taken goal to give Bathgate a deserved lead at this point in the match.

Newburgh found their way back into the match with both Robinson’s and Kyle Fraser causing the home defence problems.

Just past the hour Newburgh equalised. Craig Hall won the ball in the middle of the park and placed a measured pass to Jack Hutchison who lifted his head and played a pin point accurate ball forward into the path of Craig Robinson. The ‘Burgh striker linked up well with Fraser to get beyond the defender. The Bathgate keeper came off his line to try and thwart the attack but Robinson cleverly knocked the ball past the keeper to give himself an angle to knock the ball into the net.

The following thirty minutes were mostly played in the midfield area with the home side holding the majority of possession. The chances that were created were mopped up by the Newburgh defence, without Calum Sutherland being called into further action.

As the game was drawing to a close Newburgh were dealt a hammer blow when once again Bathgate were awarded a penalty for a poorly timed challenge in the penalty area. Deep into time added on Feeney stepped up and drove his penalty kick high over the bar much to the relief of the ‘Burgh team and management.

Scott Hudson was delighted to have put an end to the run of defeats “we needed a result today to give everyone a lift. I knew we would have to defend really well today as Bathgate are a strong side. We said to the guys before the game that there would likely be periods of the game where they would have to dig in and defend as a unit which they did”.

Newburgh are at home next Saturday to runaway league leaders Pumpherston Juniors. Kick off at East Shore Park is at 14:30

Newburgh v Thornton Hibs match report

Newburgh 2 Thornton Hibs 6

Newburgh faced Thornton Hibs in a dead rubber East Region League cup tie on Saturday. Thornton having already qualified for the latter stages of the tournament with 3 wins out of 3 in their previous group fixtures.

Newburgh introduced three new signings to their starting line-up with Chad Easton, Danny Martin and Jack Mackay all being given a place in the starting 11.

Thornton came out of the blocks quickly and showed why they were un-beaten in the group so far with Their expansive and pacy play causing Newburgh problems from the off.

With only 6 minutes on the clock Thornton were awarded a penalty kick when Cunningham caught Ireland’s shin whilst trying to clear the ball. The resultant penalty was well saved by Sutherland in the Burgh goal.

Thornton continued to press Newburgh back and were rewarded with an opening goal in the 11th minute when a Crichton shot looped past Sutherland into the net. Thornton were playing some excellent football with Newburgh struggling to cope with the attack. The visitors added a further 3 goal over the following 10 minutes to take the game out of reach for Newburgh.

Newburgh’s problems were added to on the half hour when Cunningham was forced off with a back injury, Meaney replaced him slotting into the centre of the defence beside Clark.

Newburgh’s best chance of the first half was created by Ryan Smart who combined well with Robinson to make space for a driven shot that Warrender in the Thornton goal did well to turn around the post.

The second half started at much more pedestrian pace with Thornton controlling play through their midfield. Newburgh’s livewire, Ryan Smart had to be replaced when he picked up an injury in the 53rd minute with Aman Johal introduced to the game. Shortly after this MacBride replace Easton who was beginning to tire.

Drummond extended the visitors lead just before the hour with a well-placed shot beating Sutherland

Newburgh continued to play good football in the forward areas with McKay and Fraser working well together. Newburgh grabbed a late consolation goal through Fraser Robinson who finished off a good run down the left flank with a perfect strike beyond Warrender.

Thornton re-established their 5 goal lead shortly after this with Thomson scoring from close. All credit to Newburgh they kept going with Fraser Robinson adding another goal in the closing minutes of the game.

Scott Hudson was understandably disappointed after the game “no one enjoys being beaten in the manner we were today but we have to take heart from our second half performance. Thornton are an excellent side who are doing well in the Super League. We just have to lick our wounds and get back to work through the week at training and get the lads up for next week’s visit to Bathgate”.

On the three debutants Hudson said “Danny, Chad and Jack were all thrown in at the deep end today as I wanted to see how they would fit in to the team. They all performed well and will bring more competition for starting places to the squad which is crucial to our development”.

Newburgh face Bathgate Thistle this coming Saturday in the league, kick off is at 2:30 at Creamery park.

Signings confirmed at Newburgh

Scott Hudson completed a busy week at East Shore Park completing the signings of a further three players.

Callum McCleary is a young prospect from Dundee with two good feet and pace in abundance. Callum most recently played in the successful East Craigie Swifts youth side.

Jack McKay is a strong and pacy striker who has been plying his trade most recently with Hearts of Beath in the Kingdom amateur league.

Danny Martin who previously played for Newburgh on loan from Downfield. Danny is a clever midfield player who has experience at Junior level and will bring his a calming influence to the squad.

We welcome Callum, Jack and Danny to Newburgh and hope that they enjoy their time with the club.

Signing news at Newburgh

Newburgh are delighted to announce that we have seured the signatures of two new players.

Brothers Callum and Chad Easton have put pen to paper and committed their footballing future to Newburgh.

We would like to welcome them to the club and hope they enjoy their time with us.

Keep an eye out for further signing news later in the week!

Callum Easton
Chad Easton

Newburgh v Lochore Welfare match report

Newburgh welcomed Lochore Welfare to East Shore Park on Saturday. The visitors remain un-beaten in the league since appointing James Adam as manager back in October. A tough test was expected for Scott Hudson’s team in what is always a competitive fixture.

Newburgh started the game at pace and were testing the Lochore rear guard. Robinson and Sutherland supported by the ever lively Fraser up front all caused the visitors defence problems.

With 10 minutes on the clock the opening goal came from a corner driven in low by Hutchison, Sutherland flicked the ball on and Clark met it in the six yard box to force the ball over the line. Newburgh were well worth their lead at this point and could have extended it just minutes later when a Robinson snap shop well saved.

Lochore found their feet in the game and began to impose themselves on the Burgh back line. Johal and Meaney thwarted an attack clearing the ball into the Lochore half. The ball was driven diagonally back over the Burgh defence with Renton able to latch on to the pass and strike it past Calum Sutherland in the ‘Burgh goal.

The game continued to and fro at pace with both sides creating chances without adding to their goal tally. It remained this way until the 42nd minute when a well taken Kinnimonth strike beat the ‘Burgh keeper to separate the sides once again.

Tis advantage was cancelled out just on the stroke of half time when a perfectly placed Hutchison free kick eluded the defensive wall and Lochore keeper Inglis, to curl in low at the post. 

Lochore regained the advantage on the 53rd minute. Newburgh had been pressing forward pushing for an opening. A clearance from Lochore found Johnston who gathered the ball in well and drove forward. The ‘Burgh defence back tracked in an attempt to clear the danger but Johnston found space to un-leash a sublime strike into the top corner.

Newburgh freshened up their attacking options swapping Hall for Nicol and introducing Hastie for the tiring Sutherland. Newburgh were controlling the game and looked the likelier to score as the last 10 minutes of the game approached.

Newburgh were awarded a free kick 20 yards out from goal and the defensive pairing of Clark and Milton were sent into the box. A poor delivery from the free kick was intercepted by the lively Kinnimoth who drove up field at pace. The Lochore front man got the better of Meaney and slotted his shot in at the far corner of Sutherland’s gaol to give the visitors an all-important two goal cushion.

Newburgh grabbed their final goal in the last minute of the game. The goal came from some excellent play down the right by Hastie who delivered a perfect cross to Smart. The ‘Burgh midfield stalwart rose well in the box and cannoned a superb header off the cross bar. The ball dropped into the path of Robinson who made no mistake jabbing the ball into the empty net.

Manager Hudson spoke after the game clearly disappointed to have lost hat was a highly competitive fixture “There was very little between both teams today and a few silly mistakes cost us getting out of this poor run we have been on. I am heartened with the performance today though. We showed how we can perform and we just need to tidy up a few aspects of our play to get things turned around for us. We intend to add a few players to the squad in the coming days which will introduce more competition for places in the starting line-up”.

Newburgh are at home once again this coming Saturday when Thornton Hibs visit in the East region league cup. Kick off at East Shore park is at 2pm.