Newburgh were missing several players on Saturday with the injury toll mounting up and bug making its way around the squad. Newburgh made two new signings in the past week with Brandon Wight being selected to start at right back and Ben English, signed midweek from Kinnoull, given a place on the bench.
Sam Kirkham who was in the starting line up also had to withdraw shortly before kick after becoming ill in the warm up to add to ‘Burgh manager Scott Hudson’s woes.
Newburgh made a disastrous start to the game conceding in the second minute when a Calum Sutherland clearance rebounded off McKee’s back into the ‘Burgh net.
Newburgh hauled themselves back into the game five minutes later with Scott Sutherland connecting well with a Kyle Fraser cross from the bye line. Sutherland picked his spot and struck a sweet shot into the corner.
Newburgh were ahead with just ten minutes on the clock. Callum Galloway picked up a loose clearance from Martin in the West Calder goal, a neat change of feet just outside the 18 yard box made space for Galloway to curl a shot from the outside of his foot beyond Martin to establish a deserved lead for Newburgh.
On a sticky pitch that was making the passing game difficult both sides adapted to the conditions and long ball football became the nature of the match. Both sides had chances to score but it was Newburgh who extended their lead just after the half hour mark. A long clearance from Calum Sutherland in the Burgh goal was allowed to bounce by the defence, the alert Scott Sutherland took advantage of a defensive slip to lob the ball over Martin into the West Calder net to give Newburgh a two goal advantage.
West Calder were not playing like a side rooted to the bottom of the league on nil points. They continued to press the game and were rewarded with a second goal five minutes before the break when Paton picked up a through ball spiltting the defence giving himself time to round Sutherland and place a shot into the ‘Burgh net from 2 yards out.
The second half started as the first had ended with both sides creating chances to extend their goal tally. Unfortunately for Newburgh it was the visitors who claimed the sixth goal of the game with Staniard picking his spot drawing West Calder level.
Newburgh worked hard to re-establish a lead in the game with chances falling to Cowan, Fraser and Sutherland before they finally made the breakthrough in the closing minute of the game. Some good work by Ben English, who had replaced Fraser Robinson at half time, freed up Jack Cowan on the right had side. Cowan lifted his head and drove a ball across goal into the path of Scott Sutherland who made no mistake from inside the 6 yards box grabbing his third and Newburgh’s fourth goal of the game.
Newburgh closed the game out protecting the lead without giving the visitors any opportunities to score again.
Manager Scott Sutherland was delighted to have taken the points “We had to work really hard for those points in really difficult conditions. The pitch has taken a hammering with three games in a row played on it so we knew we were not going to be playing free flowing football today. I am delighted for the guys as they really worked hard to grab the winner”.
|December 21, 2019||1:45 pm||South Premier League 2019-20||2019 - 20|
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