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
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