Category: Scottish Junior football

Semi Professional football in Scotland

Season 2018 -19 – Done!

As the sun sets on season 2018 -19 the Newburgh Juniors FC committee would like to extend our thanks to everyone at the club for their efforts.

There were a lot of changes this season with a new league structure placing Newburgh in the South area where we visited several new clubs and made many new friends. The hospitality throughout the league has been superb and we have thoroughly enjoyed meeting so many great folks associated with the cubs which we have visited.

The management team and squad have been superb throughout the year working hard week in week out to push us forwards. The league season has concluded with us in a creditable league position for such a new squad. We are delighted that the majority of this seasons squad have signed on for next season giving us the consistency that we hope will bring further improvement on the park.

Thanks also to the supporters who have come out and watched the team this year there has been a noticeable increase in attendances as word spread that the team were playing some great football at East Shore Park.

The final thanks are to all of our fundraisers and sponsors who have been consistently supportive of the club as we try to improve everything around the club both on and off the field.

Our end of season presentation function takes place at the superb Lindores Abbey Distillery on the 7th of June. We look forward to topping the year off with a great night.

We are looking forward to season 2019 -20 already!

Would you like to get involved at Newburgh Juniors?

Have you always fancied being involved in local football but not sure how to make the first step? Read on we would love to talk with you.  

Newburgh Juniors are a progressive club with a strong committee attending to everything that is needed to run a semi professional football club.

However, we are always looking for extra help to improve the club, so how do you fancy getting involved?

We have compiled a few FAQ’s about helping at the club and would love to speak to anyone interested in joining us.

Q – How much time will I need to commit to the club if I come along to help?

A – We are all volunteers so anytime that you can commit will be appreciated. There is no minimum commitment.

Q – What may I be able to assist with?

A – We have a broad range of work going on around the club all year round. A few examples include

  • Park maintenance
  • Ground maintenance
  • Building maintenance and cleaning
  • Match day assistance for home games
    • Manning the gate
    • Selling raffle tickets
    • Pitch preparation – nets, lines and flags
    • Linesman
    • Help in the kitchen
    • Cleaning up after game
  • Strip cleaning (facilities provided)
  • Fundraising
  • Photography/Videoing of matches
  • Website upkeep

Q – Do I have to be there very week

A – No any assistance is voluntary and based upon your availability

Q – How do I get involved?

A – Get in touch – we really are a friendly bunch – we would be delighted to hear from you. Send an email to info@newburghfc.co.uk contact us via the link on this website, get in touch with any committee member or come along to our next committee meeting on Wednesday the 5th of June at 7pm in the club pavilion for more info

Q – What will I get out helping?

A – You will be guaranteed to enjoy yourself. We are a sociable committee and very welcoming. We all enjoy being involved for the benefit of the football club.

Newburgh’s next fixture

Newburgh play their final fixture of the season this Saturday.

Glenrothes are the opponents as Newburgh look to finish the season on a positive note.

With Glenrothes heading off to the East of Scotland League set up next season this may be the last competitive fixture between the two teams for some time.

Newburgh 5 Kirkcaldy YM 1 match report

Newburgh welcomed Kirkcaldy YM to East Shore Park on Saturday in the return leg of the Consolation Cup. YM won the previous encounter 3 – 1 at Denfield Park.

Manager Scott Hudson fielded Ben Scarborough at left back in his debut for Newburgh. Ben is the third player from Abernethy Under 19’s who has committed his footballing future to Newburgh. He joins his Abernethy team mates Jack Hutchison and Aidan Edwards at Newburgh.

Newburgh Manager Hudson is glad to see the partnership prospering, “We are delighted that the tie up with Abernethy is proving so successful. We have hosted them at East Shore Park this season and the lads are all welcome additions to the squad”.

Kirkcaldy started the game on the front foot and took the game to Newburgh. A well struck shot by Fenton narrowly missed the target.

Newburgh settled and started to move the ball around the park with the wide midfield duo of Craig and Fraser Robinson always looking to get by the defence to the bye line.

It was the forward duo of Jamie Gay and Kyle Fraser who combined to open the scoring in the 20th minute of the game. Gay slid a defence splitting pass through to Fraser who picked the ball up and stroked the ball under the diving keeper to give Newburgh the lead.

The second goal for Newburgh came shortly after when some excellent play on the right by Fraser Robinson allowed him space to drive a cross low across the penalty area. Jack Hutchison took a great first touch and opened his body up to stroke the ball into the corner of the goal giving the young YM keeper no chance.

Newburgh’s defence had been coping with the YM threat well but a defensive slip allowed the visitors to grab a goal on the 34th minute. A poorly weighted back pass to Calum Sutherland was picked up by Henderson who lifted a neat lob goal wards. Sutherland got a hand to the ball but could not stop it dropping into the net.

YM were lifted by this goal and pushed hard up to half time to find an equaliser. Newburgh held them at bay and entered the changing room with the single goal advantage at the break.

YM started the second half well pushing to even the score. Sutherland was called into action early in the half to tip a goal bound header round his post. Newburgh soon told a hold of the game with Smart and Hutchison in the midfield playing particularly well breaking up the visitor’s attacks not allowing any fluency to develop.

Just after the hour Newburgh extended their lead. Craig Robinson found space in the box to strike a shot at goal which Doran in the YM goal parried, the ball fell to Fraser Robinson who volleyed the ball into the net.

Newburgh extended their lead in similar circumstance 3 minutes later. Robinson once again drove a shot at goal for Doran to produce another great save. The ball fell to Jamie Gay who made no mistake in putting the ball into the back of the net.

Newburgh were dominating possession with both Johal and Scarborough pushing up in the wide areas freeing Newburgh’s wide midfield duo to play high up the park. Hutchison and Smart were dominant in the middle of the park moving the ball quickly at every opportunity.

Smart broke from midfield on the 69th minute and looked to guide a pass through to Fraser when he was fouled just outside the penalty area. Jamie Gay stepped up to take the free kick and guided a superb strike over the wall into the top corner of the YM goal, giving the young keeper Doran no chance.

This killed the game off for Newburgh giving the ‘Burgh their first win over their local rivals this season.

Hudson was delighted with his sides performance in their last home game of the season “We played some excellent football throughout the team today and posed a threat every time we went forwards. I wanted us to play on the front foot pressing YM when they were in possession and we did this throughout the game never allowing them to settle on the ball”.

Newburgh have a free week this Saturday with their final game of the season the following week against Glenrothes at Warout Stadium

Mouth watering fixture at East Shore Park this Sunday

Something has to give as two un-defeated sides Abernethy U19’s and Glenrothes Athletic U19’s face each other this Sunday at East Shore Park.

With Glenrothes sitting two points ahead of Abernethy at the top of the Under 19 league this game will go a long way to deciding who wins the premier youth league title in Fife this season.

The game kicks off at 2pm with free entry to the ground. The kitchen will be open for refreshments. The lads would appreciate your support.