Category: East Region North League 2014-15

Football this weekend anyone???

With the weather turning again later this week will we be subjected to another “snowmageddon” or a “snowpocalypse” this weekend?

Just when we thought we may see some Junior football action it again looks unlikely that many games will survive the weather, or does it…..

snowmageddonNew York mayor Bill De Blasio suffered the wrath of his city when a “snowmaggedon” style don’t leave your house instruction was issued to the cities inhabitants earlier this week. The resultant half-inch of snow has led his office to declare the retrospective better safe than sorry card.

So can we hold on to a modicum of hope that we may see some Junior football this weekend? I for one sincerely hope so and this is seconded by my wife who can no longer suffer my company between 1pm and 4pm on another football less Saturday.

Mon the weather forecast! – Oh and the Burgh of course!

The 'Burgh management team contemplate another weekend without kicking a ball.
The ‘Burgh management team contemplate another weekend without kicking a ball.

Newburgh v Lochore Welfare match report

Newburgh 1 Lochore Welfare 1

Newburgh returned to competitive action last Saturday having not played a competitive match since the 29th of November. A series of call off and a blank week meant this would be Newburgh’s first game in the month of December.
Mike Gow returned to the Newburgh squad which was minus the transfer listed Dylan Honeyman and Dean Elder.
Newburgh started the game the livelier of the two sides and pushed Lochore back with McAdam and Spence in the wide areas causing the visitors some concern with their strong running. Lochore looked a different side to the one that Newburgh convincingly beat in the return fixture in October. Lee Dair has taken over the managerial reigns at Lochore and they have benefited from his vast experience, now looking a well organised outfit that Newburgh were finding difficult to break down.

Wilson defends Newburgh's penalty area
Wilson defends Newburgh’s penalty area

Towards the end of the first half Newburgh had a flurry of chances with McAdam, Spence and Harris all coming close to breaking the deadlock.

Houston clears the danger for Newburgh
Houston clears the danger for Newburgh

The Lochore goalkeeper pulled off some superb saves to deny Newburgh the lead.
With no changes made at half time Newburgh were hoping for as good a start to the first half as the finish they made to the first. It was the visitors however who were to have the better of the opening exchanges. Celetano was linking up well with his midfield and could have opened Lochore’s account if he had steadied himself before unleashing a drive wide whilst un-marked in the box.
The game flowed from one end of the park to the other with neither team cutting out any really clear chances.

Newburgh press for an opening against the stubborn Lochore defence
Newburgh press for an opening against the stubborn Lochore defence

Newburgh’s Ferguson and Davidson were battling well in the middle of the park allowing the wide midfield players to get further forward. A series of corners for Newburgh around the hour mark gave the home side momentum but they still could not break down the well marshalled stubborn Lochore defence.
With both sides protecting the point it looked like there were to be no goals in the game. This all changed in the space of 2 minutes when in the 85th minute McNiven lost possession in midfield allowing a neatly placed pass through between Ross and Gray to find the energetic Godwin who lashed a perfectly placed shot below Houston in the ‘Burgh goal.
Before the visitors had finished celebrating what they must have thought was a much needed away win they were back on level terms. Davidson won the ball well in the centre circle from his opposite number and placed a beautiful pass through to Ferguson on the right. The ‘Burgh midfield maestro drove a wonderful low cross into the danger area which McAdam smashed beyond the keeper to restore parity.

Ferguson drives forward to cross into McAdam's path for the equaliser
Ferguson drives forward to cross into McAdam’s path for the equaliser

Lochore could have retaken the lead with seconds of the game remaining but for a world class save from Houston in the home goal. With the final whistle fast approaching the visitors found a pocket of space down the right flank, Lochore striker Willie Campbell was bearing in on goal looking certain to score. The Lochore striker drove a vicious shot low to the bottom corner of Houston’s goal, the ‘Burgh keeper managed to somehow get his finger tips to the ball turning it round the post.
In his post match comments Manager Graham Nicoll praised his shot stopper for holding on the point “Craig’s save was worth the admission fee on it’s own there are not many keepers who would have been able to change direction and get down so quickly to parry the ball in that fashion”.
Newburgh’s final game of 2014 when they travel to Luncarty on Saturday the 27th where they will be looking to keep up with the teams at the top of the league.

Newburgh: Houston, Ross, Gray, McAdam, Wilson (Gow 76), Hood, Ferguson, Davidson, Harris, Spence, McNiven

No fixture this weekend but no change in League position

Newburgh stay in 3rd position in the McBookie.com North league thanks to Downfield’s win at Brechin Vics. The Vic’s were the only team that could leapfrog Newburgh in 3rd place if they had taken all the points in their home fixture against Downfield. With Blairgowrie being held to a goalless draw against Arbroath Vics Downfield made in roads on their lead at the top of the table reducing the lead to a single point.

Kennoway Star Hearts swapped places with Luncarty with their 3-1 win at Treaton Park. Luncarty also lost a place in the league to Thornton Hibs who trounced bottom of the table Forfar Albion 10-1 at Jubilee Park.

Biggest shock result of the day was at Denfield where Kirkcaldy YM put Scone Thistle to the sword winning 7-1. The young YM team seem to be making progress and may be a team to watch in the coming weeks.

Lochore Welfare continue to make progress under new manager Lee Dair winning by the odd goal on 7 against Lochee Harp at Central park.

East Craigie continued their good run of form winning away at Kirrie Thistle. East Craigie have not lost a match since September and have progressed to 4th in the table witting 1 point below Newburgh.

Next weeks Newburgh travel to Scone Thistle, home of the best steak pies in the league. The ‘Burgh will have to be wary of a side looking to bounce back after yesterdays poor result at Kirkcaldy YM.

This weekends results

McBookie.com North Division      

Blairgowrie         0 – 0      Arbroath Vics

Brechin Vics       2 – 3      Downfield

K S Hearts          3 – 1      Luncarty

Kirkcaldy YM       7 – 1      Scone Thistle

Kirrie Thistle       0 – 2      East Craigie

Lochore Welfare 4 – 3      Lochee Harp

Thornton Hibs     10 – 1    Forfar Albion

McBookie.com North Division
Team P W D L F A GD PTS
1 Blairgowrie 14 9 2 3 37 20 17 29
2 Downfield 11 9 1 1 31 11 20 28
3 Newburgh 13 8 1 4 35 22 13 25
4 East Craigie 13 7 3 3 41 22 19 24
5 Brechin Vics 12 8 0 4 36 22 14 24
6 Kennoway Star Hearts 14 6 4 4 45 35 10 22
7 Thornton Hibs 11 6 3 2 44 22 22 21
8 Luncarty 13 6 2 5 32 25 7 20
9 Scone Thistle 14 6 1 7 33 34 -1 19
10 Arbroath Vics 13 4 4 5 24 29 -5 16
11 Lochee Harp 13 5 0 8 27 28 -1 15
12 Kirriemuir Thistle 14 3 4 7 19 34 -15 13
13 Kirkcaldy YM 13 3 2 8 30 47 -17 11
14 Lochore Welfare 14 3 1 10 24 52 -28 10
15 Forfar Albion 14 1 0 13 15 70 -55 3