Newburgh got back to winning ways on Saturday but they didn’t half make it hard for themselves. With leading goal scorer Scott Sutherland serving a one game suspension Harry Galloway started up front with Andy Cameron replacing the absent Gordon Clark in defence.
Syngenta were the visitors on the opening day of the season with Newburgh taking full points in a tough encounter. In the return fixture at Denny Newburgh faced a different challenge with a changed squad who posed a difficult challenge, Newburgh won a close encounter 3 2.
Newburgh had the better chances in the opening exchanges as they moved the ball around the park probing for an opening in the Syngenta defence.
Jamie Gay was causing the visitors problems and had to be tightly marshalled whenever he was in possession. The opening goal for Newburgh came in the 18th minute. A quick free kick taken by Jordan Annadale to Ben Scarborough allowed the ‘Burgh wing back to drive forward into the penalty area where he slipped a neat pass to Harry Galloway who had time to curl a shot around the Syngenta keeper. The ball looked net bound but just clipped the far post and fell to Scarborough, who had continued his run giving him a tap in to open the scoring.
Syngenta reacted positively to falling behind and but for a mixture of good defending, goalkeeping and poor finishing they could have been right back in the game as they pushed Newburgh hard.
With only a minute left in the first half Newburgh doubled their lead with Aidan Edwards on hand to pick up a loose back pass and wrong foot the keeper to pass the ball into an empty net.
Syngenta probably felt aggrieved to have lost the late goal and the start they made to the second half showed they meant business. A series of corners were conceded by Newburgh with Syngenta pressing for a foothold in the game. The vital third goal of the game came from a corner in the 56th minute for the visitors with a nice header from Smith at the back post eluding the Newburgh defence.
Newburgh were dealt a blow just after the re-start with Harry Galloway pulling up with a hamstring problem. Galloway was replaced by Fraser Robinson.
With a heavy pitch tiring the teams there were chances at either end which neither team were able to convert. Jack Hutchison finished a driving run through the midfield but could not pick a team mate out with his pass. Andy Cameron and Sam Kirkham were defending resolutely and Gordon McKinnon made several timely interceptions to keep Newburgh ahead in the game. Calum Galloway replaced Jordan Annandale to give the midfield fresh legs with 20 minutes remaining on the clock.
As the game entered the last 10 minutes Syngenta drew level with substitute Goss picking up the ball inside the 18 yard box, turned nicely and curled a pinpoint shot beyond Calum Sutherland.
Newburgh to their credit reacted within two minutes, Fraser Robinson picked up a ball from midfield and outpaced his marker to the bye line allowing himself space to deliver a cross into the path of Kyle Fraser who made no mistake from 6 yards to restore Newburgh’s lead and tie up the game and the three points.
Manager Scott Hudson was happy with the result when speaking after the game “we needed to break the run of poor results. Last week we were unfortunate to lose a player and then gave up the two goal lead. Thankfully this week when we did lose the lead we reacted well and grabbed the goal soon after conceding”.
Newburgh face another home fixture this Saturday with West Calder the visitors to East Shore Park. Kick off is at 1:30pm
|December 14, 2019||1:45 pm||South Premier League 2019-20||2019 - 20|
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Newburgh commence a run of thee home fixtures in a row next Saturday with the visit of Linlithgow Rose CFC to East Shore Park.
We look forward to welcoming the Rose to Newburgh for their first ever visit.
Newburgh travelled over the River Forth to face league leaders Stoneyburn Juniors on Saturday in a first v second tie. Stoneyburn have managed to remain un-defeated so far this season so this was going to be a difficult trip for the ‘Burgh
Newburgh started the game well with some neat passing and movement causing Stoneyburn problems in the opening exchanges. Jamie Gay and Jack Hutchison were working well together in the middle of the park moving the ball through the home defence for the lively Harry Galloway.
Newburgh opened the scoring in the tenth minute the product of some excellent play by Jack Cowan. A crossed ball into the box was neatly flicked on by Sam Kirkham finding Cowan inside the penalty area. The ‘Burgh livewire beat three defenders to give himself space to slot the ball into the corner establishing an early lead for Newburgh.
Newburgh were well worth their lead at this point and could have extended the advantage creating several chances shortly after the re-start. The home side pulled their socks up and fought their way back into the game with Gowans causing the Newburgh defence problems with his movement and pace on the left-hand side.
The equaliser came in the 27th minute with Robertson pouncing on a loose pass across the defence. The Stoneyburn top goal scorer curled an inch perfect shot beyond Calum Sutherland to restore parity to the score line.
A crazy 2-minute spell just after the half hour shaped the remainder of the game. In the 32ns minute Stoneyburn were awarded a penalty when Gordon Clark tackled a Stoneyburn forward in the box. The ‘Burgh defender insisted to the referee that he played the ball first but the official had made his mind up and the spot kick was converted by Gowans to give the home side the lead.
Within a minute of the re-start Newburgh were reduced to ten men with Thomson send for an early shower after a poorly timed tackle cost him his second yellow card of the game.
Newburgh continued to play well but with ten men the game was always going to be an uphill struggle.
The second half continued in a similar vein as the first had ended. Stoneyburn held on to the ball well and with Newburgh chasing the game chances were few and far between,
Stoneyburn added a third goal to give them a 2-goal cushion in the 68th minute with a perfect strike by Craig from 10 yards out beating Sutherland.
Newburgh crafted several chances in the remainder of the game the with Scarborough, Ananndale and Kirkham all coming close to reducing the deficit. As the game drew to a close Stoneyburn stamped their authority on proceeding and as Newburgh’s ten me tired they found it more and more difficult to create chances.
A Stoneyburn header that hit the ‘Burgh post in the closing minutes was as close as either side came to increasing their goal tally.
Manager Hudson spoke after the game “What was going to be a difficult task was not helped with the sending off. Stoneyburn are not top of the league by accident. We played well in phases and I am proud of the way we continued to play our game even being a man down”.
Newburgh are without a fixture this coming weekend with their next fixture on the 30th of November away to Kirkcaldy & Dysart FC.
|November 16, 2019||1:45 pm||South Premier League 2019-20||2019 - 20|
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Newburgh are on the road again next weekend with a trip to Stoneyburn Juniors. The previous match in the league resulted in a 5 – 5 draw, a game that had everything – it and was a great advert for our league.