Newburgh travel over the River Forth this coming weekend to play Harthill Royal in the league. This is sure to be a tight game with the teams having played out 2 previous fixtures. In the East of Scotland Cup Harthill won 2 -1 and in the League Newburgh won 2 -1.
A huge game at East Shore Park next Saturday with the visit of Armadale Thistle to East Shore Park on league business.
The match forecast according to the league website robots is as follows:
Newburgh v Armadale Thistle
This McBookie.com Premier League South match sees Newburgh, currently in fifth place entertain third place Armadale Thistle at East Shore Park. The last time these sides met was in the McBookie.com Premier League South match back on 22 September 2018 at Volunteer Park where Armadale Thistle beat Newburgh 5-1.
From their last 6 league matches Newburgh have taken 10 points, having won 3, lost 2, drawn 1 scoring 10 goals and conceding 12, while the visitors have taken 12 points with 4 wins, 2 defeats and 0 draws, scoring 17 goals and conceding 8.
The form favours the visitors but this could be a close match.
|Match Stats (Last 6 League Games)|
Newburgh 2 Harthill Royal 1
Newburgh faced Harthill Royal for the second time this season. The match the East Region Cup at Gibbshill Park resulted in a 2 – 1 win for Harthill in a closely fought encounter.
Newburgh’s record at home this season has been excellent winning all three home fixtures so this was sure to be a close game.
Newburgh signed 3 new players in the week. Jack Hutchinson was secured on a delayed transfer from Abernethy U19’s who are now based at East Shore Park. Johnny Milton and John Hardiker joined from Kingdom Athletic.
Scott Hudson was delighted to add to his squad which has been light in recent weeks. “I am pleased that the partnership with Abernethy U19’s is starting to work with Jack joining us. He is a confident player who will fit in well with our squad. Johnny is someone who has been on my radar for some time having had him recommended to me by a couple of contact so it is great that he has chosen to join us. John will add experience to the squad having played in the professional game for so long down in England”.
The start to the game was delayed by 15 minutes with the Harthill bus getting caught in traffic. When the game did start Newburgh burst into life immediately.
Some slick passing in midfield between Lambert and Hutchinson freed up Fraser Robinson on the wide left. Some nice combination play with Kyle Fraser allowed him a run at the defence, his speed got him beyond the defender to slip the ball across the box to his brother Craig who smashed a shot beyond the Harthill keeper giving Newburgh the lead with only 1 minute on the clock.
Newburgh were playing well creating chances at will in the opening exchanges. Harthill were struggling to retain possession and were not threatening the Newburgh goal. Kyle Fraser was making a nuisance of himself with his ball retention giving Newburgh a foot hold up front.
With 20 minutes played Newburgh were keeping up the pressure on the Harthill goal. A corner was defended by the visitors with the ball being cleared from the penalty area. The ball broke to Fraser Robinson 20 yards from goal. The ‘Burgh forward struck a shot perfectly that flew straight in to the top corner. A contender for goal of the season.
Newburgh were rampant and could have added to their goal tally before the half hour but for some resilient defending and good goalkeeping from the visitors.
The second half saw a different Harthill side as they tried to claw their way back into the game. The ‘Burgh defence was coping well Hall on the left and Johal on the right were tucked in supporting MacBride and Clark who were calmly dealing with anything that the visitors threw at them. Debutant Hutchison was having an excellent debut with Lambert and Smart linking up well with the youngster. Smart always managed to be in the right place at the right time stopping the Harthill midfield from creating any fluidity.
Newburgh introduced fresh legs with Sean MacBride replacing the tiring Hutchison in midfield on the 72st minute. The youngster left the park to a rousing round of applause from the ‘Burgh supporters. With the game entering the last 15 minutes Milton replaced Lambert in the midfield shortly after with the final change shortly after, Hardiker replacing Clark.
Harthill grabbed their goal with 4 minutes to play when a hopeful long ball was latched on to by Baillie who slid the ball past Sutherland.
Newburgh saw out the remaining minutes comfortably with no further threat from the visitors.
Manager Scott Hudson spoke after the game “I am pleased that we have managed to extend our winning run at home and now we must add to this with picking up points on our travels”. On his three debutants “Jack was superb he fitted in well to the midfield, Johnny and John both add strength and depth to the squad and I am really positive about the contribution that all three will make in the squad”.
Newburgh have a break from league business next weekend with a trip to Lochgelly in the Fife & Lothians cup on the cards. Kick off at Gardiners Park is at 2:30pm.
Newburgh 3 Stoneyburn 2
Newburgh’s league campaign got off to a winning start at East Shore Park on Saturday with Stoneyburn Juniors the first team they have faced in the all new South Premier League.
With an exodus of predominantly East Lothian and Edinburgh based teams choosing to join the East of Scotland league this season a re-shuffle of the league structure has moved Newburgh into the South Premier league where they will face teams from Fife and West Lothian.
Newburgh manager Scott Hudson has retained a number of players from last season’s squad and added several players in the close season. Having a settled squad in place prior to the start of the competitive fixtures Hudson is sure that Newburgh will be more competitive in the league this season.
Newburgh started the game on the front foot pushing the Stoneyburn defence back and exploiting the space on the wings with Scott Sutherland and Craig Robinson causing problems from the start with their direct movement causing the defence to turn and defend. The closest the home side came to opening the scoring was from a Lambert snap shot that cleared the bar.
The opening goal came at the other end of the park on the twelfth minute when a defensive slip up allowed Wade to steal the ball and slot it past Sutherland in the ‘Burgh goal.
Newburgh steadied themselves and continued to play the ball through midfield. It was from some excellent play on the left by Skinner that the equalising goal came. The ‘Burgh left back beat his man and opened up space for Sutherland to drive into the box, the young ‘Burgh forward drove a vicious cross across the box that Craig Robinson slid onto to direct the ball into the net for a deserved equaliser.
Newburgh’s tails were up and they had the better of play for the remainder of the half with Stoneyburn keeping the score even through some excellent defending and goalkeeping.
The second half got off to a superb start for Newburgh with only 3 minutes played. Ryan Smart who was having an excellent game in the middle of the park for the home side played an inch perfect through ball between the Stoneyburn central defenders that Craig Robinson latched on to. With plenty still to do the ‘Burgh striker lifted his head and coolly turned his strike round the advancing keeper into the net.
Stoneyburn rallied from this early setback and had the better of the play for a 15 minute spell. The visitors forced a series of corners that the ‘Burgh defence dealt with.
With almost an hour played Newburgh extended their lead from a corner at the other end of the park when another corner taken by Hughes flew too high over everyone causing the visiting defence issues, the corner was not dealt with properly allowing Craig Hall to rise above everyone to head towards goal. The ball was cleared off the line but dropped to Craig Robinson who headed it over the line to secure his first hat trick for Newburgh.
Stoneyburn were handed another lifeline just 5 minutes later when a mis-placed clearance fell to O’Brien just outside the 18 yard box. The striker twisted and turned into the box and smashed a shot low under Sutherland to haul his side back into the game.
‘Burgh manager Hudson introduced fresh legs into his side shortly after this bringing Reilly and MacBride on for Fraser and Craig Robinson who had put in an almighty shift on their competitive debuts for Newburgh. Stoneyburn continued to press but the Newburgh defence held firm and limited the visitors to shots from range that never threaten the ‘Burgh lead. With a few minutes remaining Kyle Fraser was introduced for Hughes who had run his heart out for 85 minutes.
Hudson was happy with his teams performance but isn’t getting carried away just yet, “this is a long term project at Newburgh, we are looking to stabilize and get the squad to gel together for the future. Stoneyburn are a good side and I am pleased we took the 3 points on offer but each week will bring new challenges for the team. Our focus is now on the game next Saturday when we face Kirkcaldy YM”.
Newburgh: C Sutherland, Johal, P MacBride, Hall, Skinner, Lambert, C Robinson (Reilly 76), F Robinson (S MacBride), Smart, S Sutherland, Hughes (Fraser 85)
Newburgh v Stoneyburn Juniors
Newburgh Juniors competitive season starts this Saturday with a visit to East Shore Park for Stoneyburn Juniors.
The Fulshie played in the East region South league last season finishing in 13th place.
New season – New management
In similar circumstances to Newburgh, Stoneyburn also installed a new manager with several league games remaining last season. This game, therefore, will be the first fixture for both Newburgh and Stoneyburn’s new management teams with their own squads and a good pre-season under their belts.
Newburgh’s new squad will be introduced over the coming weeks as they settle into the team. With a good number of last season’s squad retained there have been several exciting additions to enhance the team. With the squad fully commited to Newburgh before the start of the season ‘Burgh manager Scott Hudson is content that he has a team that will be very competitive. “We have added experience, and youth to the squad. There have been some positive signs in the pre-season games but this Saturday is where we have been focused as there is nothing like playing competitively to bring the best out in a player”.
Almost all new for Newburgh
With improvements around the ground continuing and work being done within the pavilion everyone at the club has done their bit to ensure that everything is ready for the season starting this weekend. The new league set up this year means we will only play one team that we faced last year, Lochore Welfare, every other team in the league played in the South last season so the club looks forward to welcoming new visitors to the ground this year.
With both teams looking to get off to a positive start in their league campaign this is sure to be a great game.
Kick off is at 2pm with the ground being open from 1pm – entry is by the North gate – £5 for adults £3 for concession with under 16’s free. We look forward to welcoming a large crowd to the opening game of the season.