Category: East Region South Premier League

Match report – West Calder v Newburgh

West Calder 2 Newburgh 4

Newburgh travelled over the River Forth to complete their 2018 – 19 league programme at West Calder on Saturday. Goalkeeper Macauley Jarret was handed his Newburgh debut between the posts as manager Scott Hudson shuffled his side with several players unavailable.

On a perfect pitch in excellent conditions the game started at a pace with both sides keen to move the ball around the park probing for an opening. Newburgh’s wide men Fraser and Craig Robinson were causing the home defence problems with their pace and movement and it was this combination that opened the scoring for Newburgh in the 16th minute.

An inch perfect ball from Gordon Clark in defence found Fraser Robinson wide on the right, Robinson took an excellent first touch and sent a defence splitting cross over the box. Craig Robinson met the ball perfectly to turn it into the net.

Ten minutes later Newburgh doubled their advantage again through Craig Robinson who was on hand un-marked at the back post as another cross from the right swung over. Robinson nodded the ball into the bet from 3 yards out.

West Calder were unlucky not to grab a goal in the final minutes of the first half. A shot driven goal bound from just inside the 18 yard box was turned over the bar by Jarret to maintain Newburgh’s two goal lead.

The home side started the second half in a positive fashion pushing up the park probing the Newburgh defence for an opening. The Newburgh defence was coping well with the attacks frustrating the home side and limiting them to half chances.

Having absorbed the fast start that West Calder had made to the second half in the 54th minute a tackle by Smart was adjudged to have been a foul on the edge of the box. The referee changed his mind as he approached the area the foul had taken place and awarded the home side a penalty, the offence having taken place inside the box. McGuigan made no mistake from the spot.

Newburgh attacked directly from the re-start, a Robinson cross was cut out conceding a corner. The corner, taken by Hutchison was perfectly flighted for Clark to meet and drive the ball past the home keeper restoring Newburgh’s two goal advantage immediately.

The game gathered pace as West Calder pushed to try and get themselves back into the game. Newburgh were forced to make a change just after the hour with Craig Hall picking up an injury. Craig Nicol replaced him in the centre of the park.

West Calder added their second goal shortly later with good work down the right flank carving out space for McGuigan to grab his another goal.

Newburgh freshen legs bringing on Sean Hastie for Jack McKay who had played well throughout the game. Shortly after this Dean Cairns entered the fray for Jack Hutchison.

The extra energy swung the game back Newburgh’s way as they got a hold of the game and pushed forward. The two goal advantage was restored with five minutes of the game remaining. A Newburgh corner broke out of the penalty area to Ryan Smart who lashed a rocket of a strike towards the top corner of the West Calder goal. The flight of the ball was changed as a defenders leg flicked the ball high into the air up and over everyone to deservedly drop into the net.

Newburgh managed the remainder of the game well to see out the 90 minutes picking up a vital three points to complete the league campaign on a positive note.

Newburgh manager Scott Hudson was pleased to have picked up the three points “We needed a win today to give us a lift as we go into the cup fixtures that remain. We have the quarter final in a couple of weeks and the remaining Consolation cup fixtures that we can now focus on”.

Newburgh have no fixture this Saturday with their league campaign completed. The next fixture is Saturday the 13th of April when they face league champions Pumpherston for a place in the Fife & Lothians cup semi-final.

Tomorrow’s fixture details

West Calder United v Newburgh
McBookie.com Premier League South
Saturday 30/03/2019
MATCH FORECAST

This McBookie.com Premier League South match sees West Calder
United, currently in seventh place entertain eighth place Newburgh at
Hermand Park.  The last time these sides met was in the McBookie.com
Premier League South match back on 24 November 2018 at East Shore
Park where the sides drew 2-2.
From their last 6 league matches West Calder United have taken 8 points,having won 2, lost 2, drawn 2 scoring 10 goals and conceding 11, while
the visitors have taken 2 points with 0 wins, 4 defeats and 2 draws,
scoring 10 goals and conceding 24.
Current form favours a win at home for West Calder United particularly when you consider the goal difference of the two teams.

Last six games
West Calder United   LWLWDD
Newburgh  DLDLLL

Images from Newburgh v West Calder United

Match report Newburgh v Pumpherston Juniors

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)

Tomorrow’s fixture

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.

Adult £5

Concession £3

Under 16’s free entry

Newburgh v Lochore Welfare match report

Newburgh welcomed Lochore Welfare to East Shore Park on Saturday. The visitors remain un-beaten in the league since appointing James Adam as manager back in October. A tough test was expected for Scott Hudson’s team in what is always a competitive fixture.

Newburgh started the game at pace and were testing the Lochore rear guard. Robinson and Sutherland supported by the ever lively Fraser up front all caused the visitors defence problems.

With 10 minutes on the clock the opening goal came from a corner driven in low by Hutchison, Sutherland flicked the ball on and Clark met it in the six yard box to force the ball over the line. Newburgh were well worth their lead at this point and could have extended it just minutes later when a Robinson snap shop well saved.

Lochore found their feet in the game and began to impose themselves on the Burgh back line. Johal and Meaney thwarted an attack clearing the ball into the Lochore half. The ball was driven diagonally back over the Burgh defence with Renton able to latch on to the pass and strike it past Calum Sutherland in the ‘Burgh goal.

The game continued to and fro at pace with both sides creating chances without adding to their goal tally. It remained this way until the 42nd minute when a well taken Kinnimonth strike beat the ‘Burgh keeper to separate the sides once again.

Tis advantage was cancelled out just on the stroke of half time when a perfectly placed Hutchison free kick eluded the defensive wall and Lochore keeper Inglis, to curl in low at the post. 

Lochore regained the advantage on the 53rd minute. Newburgh had been pressing forward pushing for an opening. A clearance from Lochore found Johnston who gathered the ball in well and drove forward. The ‘Burgh defence back tracked in an attempt to clear the danger but Johnston found space to un-leash a sublime strike into the top corner.

Newburgh freshened up their attacking options swapping Hall for Nicol and introducing Hastie for the tiring Sutherland. Newburgh were controlling the game and looked the likelier to score as the last 10 minutes of the game approached.

Newburgh were awarded a free kick 20 yards out from goal and the defensive pairing of Clark and Milton were sent into the box. A poor delivery from the free kick was intercepted by the lively Kinnimoth who drove up field at pace. The Lochore front man got the better of Meaney and slotted his shot in at the far corner of Sutherland’s gaol to give the visitors an all-important two goal cushion.

Newburgh grabbed their final goal in the last minute of the game. The goal came from some excellent play down the right by Hastie who delivered a perfect cross to Smart. The ‘Burgh midfield stalwart rose well in the box and cannoned a superb header off the cross bar. The ball dropped into the path of Robinson who made no mistake jabbing the ball into the empty net.

Manager Hudson spoke after the game clearly disappointed to have lost hat was a highly competitive fixture “There was very little between both teams today and a few silly mistakes cost us getting out of this poor run we have been on. I am heartened with the performance today though. We showed how we can perform and we just need to tidy up a few aspects of our play to get things turned around for us. We intend to add a few players to the squad in the coming days which will introduce more competition for places in the starting line-up”.

Newburgh are at home once again this coming Saturday when Thornton Hibs visit in the East region league cup. Kick off at East Shore park is at 2pm.