Newburgh made the journey across the Queensferry Crossing on Saturday to face West Calder in the McBookie.com South Premier league. The hosts have had a difficult start to their season with a recent change of management bringing some stability back to the club.
Newburgh introduced new signing striker Harry Galloway to the starting line-up. Ryan Smart returned to midfield and Aman Johal retook his place in the defence.
It was the home side who created the first chance of the game with a snap shot needed Sutherland, in the Burgh goal for the 50th time, to be at his best to parry the drive wide.
Newburgh took control of the game shortly after this with the midfield working well together to retain possession and move West Calder around the park.
With 12 minutes played Newburgh worked the ball forward to Galloway on the right. Galloway drove at the defence losing possession to a strong tackle. The tenacious ‘Burgh forward nipped the ball back off the defenders toe as he looked to clear his lines cutting the ball back inside the box to Gay who made no mistake smashing the ball into the net.
A head clash in midfield after 15 minutes brought an end to Ryan Smarts game with McKinnon replacing him in the centre of the park.
Newburgh doubled their lead with 21 minutes on the clock. A wonderful pass from Gordon Clark found Fraser Robinson whose first touch beat the defender who had to pull the ‘Burgh wide man down to stop him driving in on goal. Jamie Gay’s free kick was met at the back post by Sam Kirkham who rose and powered a header past the keeper.
The third goal for Newburgh followed shortly after. Gordon McKinnon was first to a West Calder bye kick, playing Scott Sutherland in behind the home defence. Sutherland’s pace took him in on the keeper with the ‘Burgh striker able to slide the ball under him into the net.
Ben Scarborough replaced Jordan Annandale, who had picked up a strained thigh, on the half hour
Newburgh’s fourth goal of the half was soon to follow in what had been a difficult spell for the home side. Fraser Robinson was fouled outside the box giving Jamie Gay a nice angle to drive a free kick in on goal. The keeper did well to get to the strike but could only parry the ball into the path of Harry Galloway who made no mistake slotting the ball home to give Newburgh a commanding lead which they took into the break.
The second half started well for Newburgh. Ben Scarborough broke into the box and was fouled by the defender giving the referee no option other than to award a penalty. Scott Sutherland took the spot kick which was well saved by the keeper.
Newburgh added to their lead on the 50th minute. Some excellent ball retention in midfield allowed the ball to be worked out to Fraser Robinson who broke to the bye line and lifted an inch perfect cross to Harry Galloway who rose well and headed the ball home for his second and Newburgh’s fifth of the game.
With the game now beyond them the home side seemed to relax and started to play some good football. The midfield found more energy and started to cause the ‘Burgh defence problems. A break into the box on the 63rd minute was stopped illegally allowing West Calder to grab a goal from the penalty spot.
Newburgh replied to this almost instantly with Sutherland notching his second of the game after some great work in midfield between Hutchison and Robinson.
Newburgh appeared to switch off somewhat and sat back allowing West Calder to bring the game to them. A second penalty was awarded with 15 minutes remaining. The spot kick was excellently saved by Sutherland in the Burgh goal to deny the home side a second goal.
As the game entered the final ten minutes the homes side eventually got the reward for their hard work with a goal that came from some nice play from front to back through the midfield.
As the game entered the last minute another goal was conceded by Newburgh with West Calder finishing the game in the front foot.
Newburgh Manager Scott Hudson was pleased with the win but was far from happy with the concession of the late goals, “it is always great to take points away from home and we are delighted that result today have allowed us to take top spot in the league but I have spent time in the dressing room stressing to the squad that we need to concentrate right to the final whistle. We became complacent and thankfully it has not affected todays result but we cannot allow ourselves to switch off in the way we did”.
Newburgh take a break from league duty next weekend hosting South Superleague side Whitburn in the Macron Scottish Junior cup. Kick off at East Shore park is 2:30pm
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