Month: April 2019

Midweek football returns to East Shore Park

Newburgh look forward to our first midweek fixture for several seasons when Super League side Glenrothes come to visit.

With Glenrothes moving over to the East of Scotland league set up next season this may be the last time we welcome the Glens to East SHore Park for some time.

The game kicks off at 18:45 hopefully the weather will be kind and we will see a large crowd at our penultimate home fixture of the season.

Abernethy U19’s v Thornton U19’s Darren Stewart Cup Final

Everyone at Newburgh wishes the lads from Abernethy U19’s the best in the Darren Stewart Cup played at Humbug Park Crossgates tomorrow.

Kick off is at 2pm for any supporters making the trip to support the lads.

We have been delighted to host the lads this season and wish them good luck in their end of season endeavors as the hunt for silverware heats up

Newburgh’s next fixture

Newburgh start their Consolation, (what a name!), League Cup campaign this Saturday with a trip to Denfield Park to face Kirkcaldy YM.

The two previous matches between the two sides have been hard fought close affairs so we are looking forward to another tough match this Saturday.

Match report – Pumpherston v Newburgh

Newburgh made the trip over the River Forth to Pumpherston on Saturday to play this Fife & Lothians cup quarter final against the recently crowned Premier league champions Pumpherston.

The league encounter at Recreation Park was an excellent game of football with the home side winning 3 – 1.

The home side started the game well and opened the scoring on the 13th minute when a corner was not cleared properly by the ‘Burgh defence. The ball was eventually turned into the net by Pumpherston’s Grant.

Newburgh rallied from the loss of the goal and took the game to the home side. Newburgh used the wide pitch to their advantage with Gay on the left and Robinson on the right stretching the home defence allowing space in the centre of the park. The home side conceded a series of corners with Newburgh’s pressure eventually paying off in the 24th minute. A vicious in swinging corner from the left was parried by the Pumpherston keeper down into the penalty area. Craig Robinson was first to react volleying the ball home form 8 yards out to give Newburgh a deserved equaliser.

Pumpherston restored their lead within 90 seconds of the re-start. Newburgh’s defence stepped up as one in an attempt to catch Pumpherston’s attack offside but a well-timed run caught Newburgh out. The ball was squared to Murray who made no mistake from 2 yards out to restore the lead.

The remainder of the first half was an end to end affair with both sides relying on some strong defending and excellent goal keeping as attack after attack at either end made this an excellent spectacle for the spectators around the ground.

Newburgh were the happier team at half time having limited Pumpherston to the single goal advantage.

Jack Mackay replaced the injured Logan Cunningham at half time. Newburgh started the second half in fine fashion taking the game to the home side probing for the equaliser. The ‘Burgh created numerous chances as the game progressed with both Craig and Fraser Robinson coming close to scoring. Ryan Smart’s energy in midfield support by strong play from Jack Hutchison was causing the home side problems. Smart was unlucky not to latch on to a through ball from Gay near the hour mark that would have seen him one on one with the keeper.

Newburgh continued to limit the home side to counter attacks as they pushed hard for an equaliser. Johal and Meaney were combining well in the centre of defence for Newburgh holding strong as Newburgh pushed their wide defenders, Milton and Fraser forward to bolster the attack.

Newburgh were struck a hammer blow just on the 64th minute when Pumpherston grabbed the all-important 4th goal of the game to extend their lead. A quick break down the left was cleared by Calum Sutherland as he swept the ball away from the advancing attacker. The ball broke to Anthony about 35 yards from goal who struck the ball first time back into the penalty area over the defence. Sutherland could not get back quickly enough and the ball looped fortuitously into the net.

Newburgh continued to push hard to find their way back into the game but they could not find the vital second goal that would have given them the foot hold that they so deserved.

Scott Sutherland and Craig Nicol were introduced in the last 10 minutes replacing Fraser and Smart, who had both played well throughout the game. Pumpherston managed the last 5 minutes of the game well not allowing Newburgh any opportunities to produce a grandstand finish.

Manager Scott Hudson spoke after the game “As disappointed as I am to have been knocked out of the cup I am really proud of the team. Pumpherston have had a phenomenal season winning our league easily. We have given them two really tough games here at Recreation Park both in the league and the cup. Both of these games could have gone either way showing we are not far away from competing further up the league next season”.  

Newburgh travel to Kirkcaldy YM next Saturday to play the first of four group fixtures in the Consolation Cup. This is sure to be a close game with the YM finishing their league campaign with only 1 point less than Newburgh. Kick-off is at 14:30 at Denfield Park Kirkcaldy.

Saturday’s fixture – Fife & Lothian cup 1/4 final

Newburgh head over the Queensferry Crossing on Saturday to face South Premier League champions Pumpherston in the 1/4 final of the Fife & Lothians cup at Recreation Park.

With Newburgh having completed their league programme last weekend the full focus of the squad is now on the remaining cup fixtures with Saturdays game offering the winners a home semi final tie against Livingston United.

Match report – West Calder v Newburgh

West Calder 2 Newburgh 4

Newburgh travelled over the River Forth to complete their 2018 – 19 league programme at West Calder on Saturday. Goalkeeper Macauley Jarret was handed his Newburgh debut between the posts as manager Scott Hudson shuffled his side with several players unavailable.

On a perfect pitch in excellent conditions the game started at a pace with both sides keen to move the ball around the park probing for an opening. Newburgh’s wide men Fraser and Craig Robinson were causing the home defence problems with their pace and movement and it was this combination that opened the scoring for Newburgh in the 16th minute.

An inch perfect ball from Gordon Clark in defence found Fraser Robinson wide on the right, Robinson took an excellent first touch and sent a defence splitting cross over the box. Craig Robinson met the ball perfectly to turn it into the net.

Ten minutes later Newburgh doubled their advantage again through Craig Robinson who was on hand un-marked at the back post as another cross from the right swung over. Robinson nodded the ball into the bet from 3 yards out.

West Calder were unlucky not to grab a goal in the final minutes of the first half. A shot driven goal bound from just inside the 18 yard box was turned over the bar by Jarret to maintain Newburgh’s two goal lead.

The home side started the second half in a positive fashion pushing up the park probing the Newburgh defence for an opening. The Newburgh defence was coping well with the attacks frustrating the home side and limiting them to half chances.

Having absorbed the fast start that West Calder had made to the second half in the 54th minute a tackle by Smart was adjudged to have been a foul on the edge of the box. The referee changed his mind as he approached the area the foul had taken place and awarded the home side a penalty, the offence having taken place inside the box. McGuigan made no mistake from the spot.

Newburgh attacked directly from the re-start, a Robinson cross was cut out conceding a corner. The corner, taken by Hutchison was perfectly flighted for Clark to meet and drive the ball past the home keeper restoring Newburgh’s two goal advantage immediately.

The game gathered pace as West Calder pushed to try and get themselves back into the game. Newburgh were forced to make a change just after the hour with Craig Hall picking up an injury. Craig Nicol replaced him in the centre of the park.

West Calder added their second goal shortly later with good work down the right flank carving out space for McGuigan to grab his another goal.

Newburgh freshen legs bringing on Sean Hastie for Jack McKay who had played well throughout the game. Shortly after this Dean Cairns entered the fray for Jack Hutchison.

The extra energy swung the game back Newburgh’s way as they got a hold of the game and pushed forward. The two goal advantage was restored with five minutes of the game remaining. A Newburgh corner broke out of the penalty area to Ryan Smart who lashed a rocket of a strike towards the top corner of the West Calder goal. The flight of the ball was changed as a defenders leg flicked the ball high into the air up and over everyone to deservedly drop into the net.

Newburgh managed the remainder of the game well to see out the 90 minutes picking up a vital three points to complete the league campaign on a positive note.

Newburgh manager Scott Hudson was pleased to have picked up the three points “We needed a win today to give us a lift as we go into the cup fixtures that remain. We have the quarter final in a couple of weeks and the remaining Consolation cup fixtures that we can now focus on”.

Newburgh have no fixture this Saturday with their league campaign completed. The next fixture is Saturday the 13th of April when they face league champions Pumpherston for a place in the Fife & Lothians cup semi-final.