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.
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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)
Newburgh would like to welcome Macaulay Jarret to the club. Macaulay, a goalkeeper, has transferred into the club from Burntisland Shipyard.
Macaulay has previous junior experience with Kinnoull, having played for the Perth side on loan from Berwick Rangers.
Everyone at Newburgh would like to welcome Macaulay to the club.
Newburgh today concluded the transfer of Grant Skinner to Burntisland Shipyard FC.
Newburgh would like to wish Grant all the very best at his new club and record our thanks to Grant for his time at Newburgh.
Newburgh welcome league leaders Pumpherston Juniors to East Shore Park tomorrow.
The reverse fixture at Pumpherston was an excellent advert for the Junior game with both sides playing some superb football with Pumpherston winning the game 3 1. However the game could have gone either way with both sides creating a multitude of chances in front of goal.
The park will be open from 13:30 tomorrow with the game kicking off at 14:30.
Under 16’s free entry
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