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Newburgh’s next fixture

Newburgh travel across the River Forth this weekend to face Stoneyburn Juniors.

The reverse fixture which was on the opening weekend of the league programme resulted in a 3 -2 win for Newburgh in a closely fought game. THis is sure to be a cracking fixture with both teams looking to consolidate their points total in the league.

Match report Kennoway Star Hearts v Newburgh

Kennoway Star Hearts 5 Newburgh 0

Newburgh’s first foray into the Thorntons League Cup began with a heavy defeat at the hands of Super league side Kennoway Star Hearts.

This is the inaugural year of the Thorntons League Cup with the tournament starting with a sectional element. Newburgh have been drawn in a section with Kennoway Star Hearts and Thornton Hibs. Each team plays one another home and away with the winner of the section progressing to a knockout stage. In the opening fixture last weekend Kennoway Star Hearts lost 2 – 0 away from home to Thornton Hibs.

Newburgh made the worst possible start to their cup campaign when after only 6 minutes of play they were reduced to 10 men with Paul MacBride being sent for an early shower. The ‘Burgh defender knocked over a Kennoway attacker in the box conceding a penalty. The referee adjudged this to be a goal scoring opportunity and somewhat harshly sent the ‘Burgh defender off with a straight red card. Kennoway’s Johnstone then stepped up and sliced the penalty kick wide of the goal.

It did not take long for the home side to make the extra man count on the scoreboard. With 11 minutes played the opening goal came from an excellent run down the left hand side. The ball was crossed through the defence with Liam Craig on hand to hit a first time strike that Calum Sutherland managed to parry. The ball broke back to Craig who made no mistake with his second strike high into the net.

Newburgh manager Scott Hudson made personnel changes bringing on defender Grant Skinner for forward Kyle Fraser to try and shore up the defence. The move helped but it allowed the home side to claim possession easily with Scott Sutherland the lone Newburgh forward struggling to make much headway in the game.

The pressure told after 26 minutes when possession was lost in midfield, Rolland latched on to a long ball with just the goalkeeper Calum Sutherland to beat. Rolland won the foot race and lifted a delicate chip over the Burgh keeper to double the lead.

The one way traffic continued as Newburgh looked to hold on to half time. The defence was holding fast and it took a wonder strike from Craig to beat Sutherland. A free kick was cleared by Craig Hall with the ball dropping to Craig outside the box. The striker took a first time strike that flew straight into the top corner.

The start to the second half was almost as difficult as the first had been with Kennoway adding two goals in the space of two minutes with band netting a brace on the 51st and 53rd minute of the game.

Newburgh played some of their best football in the closing quarter of the game with chances being created for Sutherland and also Robinson coming close to breaking the duck but for some excellent goalkeeping.

Burgh manager Scott Sutherland spoke after the game “To lose Paul so early in the game really blew the game plan out the window. We were always chasing the game from them on in. We moved to a 5 man midfield to try and stop their attacks but this just left us very little to work with up front as Scott was then isolated”.

Newburgh return to league this Saturday with a trip across the River Forth to face Stoneyburn Juniors. Kick-off is at the earlier time of 13:45

Newburgh v Bathgate Thistle match report

Newburgh 0 Bathgate Thistle 3

Newburgh’s fine run of wins at home this season came to an abrupt end on Saturday in a closely fought game at East Shore Park.

Bathgate Thistle, under the new management team of Mickey Weir and Kevin McKee, have had a similar start to their season as Newburgh sitting just below the home side in the league before Saturdays game.

The game started well for Newburgh with some excellent possession in the midfield area, Hutchison, Smart and lambert combining well to move the ball around the park. The first break forward by Newburgh that managed to penetrate the defence ended with a snap shot from Craig Robinson that spun off the wet pitch just wide of the goal.

The game flowed from end to end with no team in ascendancy until the opening goal for the visitors which came in the 26th minute. Bathgate had managed to sustain a period of pressure pressing Newburgh up the park. The home defence, marshalled by Paul MacBride, had coped well limiting the visitors to half chances that never really threatened the Newburgh goal. With the pressure relived the ball broke to midfield and an innocuous cross was swung over from the left. Sean MacBride was well placed to block the ball which then looped up into the air and into the home net to give Bathgate the lead.

Newburgh took a hold of the game and pressed hard for an equaliser. Craig and Fraser Robinson’s pace in the wide areas was causing the Bathgate back line problems and with Kyle Fraser’s tenacity the front line were causing the visitors to defend deep. This opened up space for the ‘Burgh midfield which allowed Ryan Smart to break forward on the 35th minute. Smart picked the ball up in the centre circle and drove into the space beating two opponents for pace as he entered the 18 yard box. A clumsy challenge in the area on Smart resulted in a penalty award. Harris Lambert’s shot was touched on to the bar by the keeper. The ball looped back into Lambert’s path but the Newburgh midfielder could not get his header under the bar, the ball striking the upright and bouncing to safety.

Newburgh fell two goals behind on the stroke of half time, a bad time to lose a goal for the home side. A quick break up the right and a pin point cross from wide took out the retreating ‘Burgh defence, Feeney rose at the back post to head a powerful header beyond Sutherland reach.

The second half provided some entertaining football for the neutral observer with frenetic end to end football as the home side looked to pull themselves into the game.

The best chance of the half came just after the hour. Newburgh were pushing hard for a foot hold in the game. Sutherland and Hughes had been introduced to the ‘Burgh front line with the tireless Fraser and Lambert having run themselves into the ground. The fresh legs up re-invigorated the ‘Burgh attack. Scott Sutherland drove up the right channel and managed to work the ball past the defender to the bye line. His driven cross was met by Hughes who smashed a goal bound shot from 10 yards out only to see the Bathgate keeper pull off a wonderful one handed save, the ball dropped to Robinson who drove another shot goal bound and once again the in-form keeper managed to somehow keep the ball out of his net.

With time running out for Newburgh they were pushing further and further up the park leaving space in the midfield for Bathgate to pick up the ball and manage the game. The final goal of the game came with 5 minutes remaining. Feeney once again the goal scorer having found space to pick the ball up and drive in on goal giving Sutherland no chance with his well-placed shot.

Newburgh manager Scott Hudson was happy with his team’s performance if not the result of the game. ”We went behind to a freak goal at a time when we had soaked up a good bit of pressure without them threatening our goal. We then lost the second goal at really bad time, right at the end of the first half, which totally changed what we had to ask the team to do in the second period”. Hudson is happy with the way things are going with the performances improving week on week “we are a potent threat to any team going forward and the game management is getting better and better every week”.

Newburgh’s next fixture is this Saturday’s Thorntons League Cup tie away to Superleague side Kennoway Star Hearts at Treaton Park Star of Markinch.

Tomorrows fixture at East Shore Park

Newburgh v Bathgate Thistle
McBookie.com Premier League South
Saturday 03/11/2018

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MATCH FORECAST

This McBookie.com Premier League South match sees Newburgh, currently in fourth place entertain fifth place Bathgate Thistle at East Shore Park.  This is the first meeting of these two sides this season

From their last 6 league matches Newburgh have taken 9 points, having won 3, lost 3, drawn 0 scoring 10 goals and conceding 14, while the visitors have taken 11 points with 3 wins, 1 defeats and 2 draws, scoring 11 goals and conceding 6.

The form favours the visitors but this could be a close match.

Match Stats (Last 6 League Games)
Newburgh
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Bathgate Thistle
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Points 9 11
Wins 3 3
Losses 3 1
Draws 0 2
Goals for 10 11
Goals Against 14 6
Goal Diff -4 5
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Match report Newburgh v Lochgelly Albert

Newburgh returned to East Shore Park on Saturday looking to maintain their excellent home form against Lochgelly Albert. The visitors appointed a new manager during the week with Andy Healey taking over the hot seat at Gardiners Park. With Healey only just appointed the caretaker manager Davie Sheach took the team for the final time with Healey observing his new squad from the side lines.

Newburgh had Craig Hall back in the centre of defence and Johnny Milton was handed his first start for the team at left back with Grant Skinner unavailable. There were no changes in midfield with Smart, Hutchision and Wright starting again this week.  Craig and Fraser Robinson were charged with leading the line alongside Kyle Fraser who made a return to the starting line-up.

Newburgh took the game to Lochgelly from the start and could have opened the scoring in the first minute but for a timely intervention by Armour stopping a driving Fraser Robinson run into the box with a well-timed tackle.

Newburgh’s opening goal came on the tenth minute from a corner. Jack Hutchison drilled a low cross into the box straight to Gordon Clark who struck a perfect volley into the net from 12 yards out.

Newburgh were dominating the game and thoroughly deserved their second goal which came from some excellent work on the left by Johnny Milton. The left back who had settled well in the defence drove forwards managing to get to the by line and deliver a lovely left footed cross over the box. Kyle Fraser met the cross at pace and powered a header into the goal with the ball just licking the underside of the bar giving the keeper no chance.

It didn’t take Newburgh long to add to their tally with their pace of attack causing the visitors defence problems every time they came forwards. With 23 minutes played a fantastic diagonal ball from Clark was taken at pace by Fraser Robinson who drove into the box and placed a shot under the diving Lochgelly keeper to give Newburgh a well-deserved three goal lead.

Newburgh were playing well with patient play from the back. The home team almost added to their lead when Johal took the ball in the wide right area beating his man easily to create space allowing him time to play a measured pass through to Ryan Smart. Smart picked the ball up in the centre circle and drove forward. The ‘Burgh live wire beat two defenders and broke into the box. Smart picked a perfect pass to Craig Robinson who was just about to slot the ball into net when Armour came from nowhere to make a well-timed tackle to deny Newburgh.

Newburgh were well worth their lead and continued to create chances the best of which fell to Craig Hall. A shot in the box from Willie Wright was parried by the keeper with the ball spilling out to Craig Hall 12 yards out. With the keeper on the ground Hall hit his shot at goal only to see his effort squirt off his boot high and wide of the target.

Lochgelly grabbed a goal with 10 minutes of the first half remaining when a missed clearance 20 yards from goal allowed Gowans to pick up the ball and slot it into the empty goal.

The second half was played out in a similar pattern to the first with Newburgh holding a good proportion of the possession and managing the game very well. Lochgelly did create more opportunities for themselves going forward but with Newburgh’s back line in excellent form they never really troubled Sutherlands goal.

The closest Newburgh came to adding to their goal count in the second period was a Craig Robinson shot that had to be cleared off the line by Lochgelly defender Callum Bissett at the back post.

Scott Hudson spoke after the game of his team’s game management “Going three goals up early in the game gave us a tremendous platform to work with. We were very good in possession today and protected the ball well. I don’t think there would have been many complaints if we had gone in at half time even further ahead. We talked at half time about being smart in possession for the remainder of the game and I was just as delighted with the performance in the second half as the first even though we didn’t add any goals”. On the fantastic run of home form Hudson commented “we really have been playing well at East Shore Park and the football we are playing is exactly what we are preaching, possession, movement and pace. We have a real threat up front with all the guys capable of scoring given the chance”.

Newburgh have another home fixture this Saturday when Bathgate Thistle come to East Shore Park. Kick-off is at the earlier time of 2pm this weekend.