|West Calder United v Newburgh|
McBookie.com Premier League South
This McBookie.com Premier League South match sees West Calder
United, currently in seventh place entertain eighth place Newburgh at
Hermand Park. The last time these sides met was in the McBookie.com
Premier League South match back on 24 November 2018 at East Shore
Park where the sides drew 2-2.
From their last 6 league matches West Calder United have taken 8 points,having won 2, lost 2, drawn 2 scoring 10 goals and conceding 11, while
the visitors have taken 2 points with 0 wins, 4 defeats and 2 draws,
scoring 10 goals and conceding 24.
Current form favours a win at home for West Calder United particularly when you consider the goal difference of the two teams.
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Images from Newburgh v West Calder United
Newburgh welcomed Kirkcaldy YM to East Shore Park on Saturday for the final league home fixture of the season. Newburgh have been drawn in the same group as Kirkcaldy in the Consolation cup so the two teams will face each other twice more before the end of the season. Glenrothes make up the third team in the group which is played on a home and away basis.
Kirkcaldy started the game on the front foot taking the early pressure to Newburgh with Calum Sutherland called upon twice in the opening 10 minutes to keep the visitors at bay.
Newburgh’s first chance of the game fell to Kyle Fraser from outside the box. The ‘Burgh striker snatched at his shot and lifted the ball high over the goal.
Newburgh’s Robinson’s Craig and Fraser were lively and looked the likeliest to break down a stubborn YM defence, both having chances as the half hour approached.
Newburgh’s game plan was put into disarray five minutes before the break with the game still deadlocked. A poorly timed tackle by MacBride was penalised by the referee who showed the Newburgh defender a straight red card much to the astonishment of everyone in the ground. Kyle Fraser dropped back into defence to take MacBride’s place.
The second half started with Newburgh pushing forward looking to stamp their authority on the game. The one man dis-advantage did not seem to be causing the home side many problems with good passing and ball retention throughout the team keeping Newburgh in the game.
As much as Newburgh pressed in the wide areas through Robinson they could not commit enough men forward to threaten the YM goal with the keeper hardly troubled.
YM pressed forward from the hour onwards looking for the opening goal but Newburgh’s defence stood strong with Johal and Meaney playing well in the centre frustrating the YM attack limiting them to half chances which Sutherland was equal to in the Burgh goal.
The closest either team came to breaking the dead lock was in time added on when a quick break from the YM midfield got behind the ‘Burgh defence with only Calum Sutherland between YM and the winning goal. The ‘Burgh keeper got his angles perfect forcing the YM striker to push his shot on to the post with the ball rebounding into the keepers waiting arms.
Speaking after the game manager Scott Hudson was happy with the performance “we could have felt sorry for ourselves and allowed ourselves to get turned over after losing Sean so early in the game. I have to applaud the team as they buckled down and just got on with the game. We kept the ball well and were not putting ourselves under too much pressure”.
Newburgh travel to West Calder this weekend to complete their league programme with only cup fixtures remaining between now and the end of the season.
Additional photos taken by Ricky Evans
Newburgh are looking forward to tomorrows game against Pumpherston with a place in the semi final of the Fife & Lothians cup up for grabs.
We welcome all support that is able to travel and for anyone unable to make the game we will be broadcasting live scoring on the USQOR app as usual
Newburgh travel to across the River Forth once again next Saturday to face Pumpherston in the 1/4 final of the VTECH SMT Fife & Lothians cup.
Newburgh are on the road again this week as we travel to Hermand Park at West Calder for this vital league fixture.
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Newburgh 2 Pumpherston Juniors 7
Newburgh faced a stiff challenge at home on Saturday with the visit of Champions elect Pumpherston Juniors in the South Premier league.
Pumpherston have strolled through this season winning all but to of their league fixtures giving them a commanding lead in the league table.
Newburgh manager Scott Hudson stuck with the formation that had performed well the previous week at Bathgate. The only changes to the line up being Martin slotting into midfield with Hall moving back into the centre of defence for the absent Clark and Craig Robinson added to the midfield with MacBride filling in for Johal in the defence.
Newburgh got off to the worst possible start conceding a goal in the second minute. Pumpherston were up for the game and pushed Newburgh back attacking at will. The lead was doubled on the 21st minute with the visitors free flowing football proving difficult to stem.
Newburgh grabbed a lifeline two minutes later when a perfectly struck shot from distance by Kyle Fraser bounced just in front of the keeper lifting the ball over his arms into the net.
Newburgh’s hope was short lived however when Pumpherston re-established the two goal advantage in the 25th minute.
Newburgh’s central defensive partnership had to be changed on the half hour with Hall pulling up with an injury. Local lad Matty Porteous replaced him.
The game became more competitive from this point with some attacking open play proving a spectacle for the crowd. Calum Sutherland produced several great saves and Newburgh forced the visiting keeper to be on his toes at the other end in a free flowing game.
Newburgh stemmed the tide up until the 34th minute when Pumpherston added their forth and final goal of the half.
As the second half began Newburgh were forced into making another change when Kyle Fraser picked up an ankle injury. Sean Hastie replaced Fraser in the front line.
Pumpherston added a fifth goal shortly after this to take the game beyond any doubt. Sean Hastie’s lively running up front found him in space to stick the ball away for Newburgh’s second goal in the 51st minute with no slow up in the attacking play from either side.
Both sides looked capable of increasing their tally. Newburgh’s Callum McCleary showed some excellent footwork on the wide left and was giving his maker a torrid time every time he had the ball. The youngster created several chances for himself but could not convert any of these chances into goals.
Pumpheston added two further goals in the half to take the final score to Newburgh 2 Pumpherston 7
Manager Husdon spoke after the game “Losing seven goals at home hurts but I have to look at the positives in our team. We are a threat going forward with some real creativity in the team. This was always going to be a test for the team as Pumpherston are a stick on for the title, possibly next weekend of they win, so I cannot be too hard on the team today. We will re-group and push on for next weekends fixture”.
Newburgh travel to West Calder on Saturday for their final away fixture of the league season.
Newburgh: Sutherland, MacBride, Milton, Hall (Porteous 31), Meaney, Martin, Hutchison, F Robinson, C Robinson, McCleary (MacKay 72), Fraser (Hastie 48)