Newburgh 2 Lochgelly Albert 4
Newburgh played their first home league match since the 21st of September at East Shore Park on Saturday. Their opponents, Lochgelly Albert, were in a rich vein of form having banished their early season woes.
Lochgelly took the game to Newburgh from the off. The movement of their front two was causing Newburgh’s defence problems with Kirkham and Cameron making important challenges early in the game to quell the visitor’s attacks.
Newburgh’s midfield fought hard for possession but could not create anything with a succession of poor passing gifting the ball back to Lochgelly.
The opening goal came on the 18th minute from a set piece. Armour dove low in front of Calum Sutherland to turn the ball into the net to give Lochgelly a deserved lead in the game. The second goal was not long in coming for Lochgelly as they doubled their lead in the 21st minute with a sweetly struck Stark shot giving Sutherland no chance.
Newburgh tried to get themselves back into the game but Lochgelly were always dangerous on the break and their third goal came as the result of a quick break out from a Newburgh corner. Lochgelly broke down the left at pace and with Newburgh’s defence back tracking a vicious cross from the left was turned onto his own net by Kirkham as he tried to stop the Lochgelly’s Gunn getting to the ball.
The 3 – 0 deficit at the break was a fair score in a game that Newburgh were struggling to make any in roads into.
Newburgh manager rang the changes at half time introducing Harry Galloway for Cowan and Scarborough for Bell. The half time team talk in the Burgh dressing room certainly inspired the home side to play with more urgency. They looked a different team in the first ten minutes of the second half as they drove Lochgelly backwards searching for an opening in the game.
The next goal however came for the visitors on the 56th minute from the penalty spot. The result of a mistimed tackle in the box. Gunn converted the spot kick leaving Newburgh a mountain to climb.
Newburgh grabbed a goal shortly before the hour mark with Harry Galloway lashing a shot into the Lochgelly net from 10 yards out after the defence had failed to clear the danger. Newburgh took the game to Lochgelly with Craig and Fraser Robinson’s pace causing the most danger down the right hand side.
Jamie Gay was dropping deeper to pick up possession in areas where he could have more of an effect on the game. Gay’s movement started to create gaps in the Lochgelly rear guard.
Fraser Robinson unfortunately had to leave the field with 25 minutes of the game remaining when he picked up an injury to his foot in a strong challenge in the middle of the park. Jack Hutchison replaced Robinson in the middle of the park.
Aidan Edwards and Ben Scarborough were starting to make an impression in the game on the left hand side for Newburgh with Edwards unlucky not to grab a goal after a great run into the penalty area.
Newburgh did add a second goal in the 70th minute with Andy Cameron turning the ball over the line with his chest after the Lochgelly keeper had parried a goal bound header.
Newburgh continued to press looking for their third goal but Lochgelly’s defence held fast denying the ‘Burgh the grand stand finish they were looking for.
Manager Hudson spoke after the game “We never got ourselves into the game in the first half. We allowed Lochgelly to dictate the tempo of the game and we were always on the back foot. The second half was better and more like us but we were too far behind in the game by this time to make an impression on the score line”.
|November 9, 2019||2:00 pm||South Premier League 2019-20||2019 - 20|
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