Newburgh travelled through to Bo’ness for the first of two league fixtures at Newton Park, the second coming along two weeks later.
With Sam Kirkham and Jack Hutchison suspended Newburgh were forced to change the line-up that had performed so well at Armadale the previous weekend. Ben English started in the centre of the park for Hutchison and Andy Cameron returned from illness to take Kirkham’s place in the centre of defence.
Newburgh made the worst possible start to the game conceding a goal in the second minute. A loose back pass by Clark was picked up by Bo’ness striker Balmer who slotted the ball past Calum Sutherland to give the home side a dream start to the match.
Newburgh did not look a shadow of the side that had performed so well the previous week and were soon two goals behind. With just twelve minutes on the clock good work on the left flank by Bo’ness led to a cross which was delivered between Clark and Cameron. Bo’ness midfielder Knox was on hand to lift the ball over Sutherland, his looping shot dropping into the net.
Newburgh eventually got themselves going in a forward direction and started to make inroads towards the Bo’ness goal with Harry Galloway and Aidan Edwards causing the home defence problems. It was Ryan Kinnes who almost broke Newburgh’s duck latching on to a through ball lifting his shot just wide of the mark as Brown came off his line to close the space down.
A Bo’ness corner which was well defended led to a Scott Sutherland break away , as the ‘Burgh striker entered the 18 yard box Brown, the Bo’ness keeper, made a challenge that sent Sutherland up in the air. The Newburgh bench assumed a penalty had been awarded but the referee who was behind play gave Newburgh a free kick just outside the 18 yard box and booked Brown. The resultant Gordon Clark free kick snuck just past the post and was the closest that Newburgh came to scoring in the first half.
A half time rollicking saw a different Newburgh start the second half re-invigorated. Brandon Wight replaced Ben English shortly after the re-start. This released Kyle Fraser from his defensive duties into midfield. Ben Scarborough was finding much more of the ball on the left and his forward running was causing the home defence problems. It was Scarborough persistence that led to Newburgh’s opening goal driving forward into the 18 yard box and sliding a pass to Craig Robinson inside the six yard box, a poor challenge bundled Robinson over giving the referee no option that to award a penalty.
Craig Robinson assumed the penalty taking duties and sent his spot kick high into the new sending Brown the wrong way. With almost half an hour to play Newburgh had plenty of time to chase a second goal.
Newburgh pressed hard and with the momentum behind them they looked the likelier of the two sides to score. Chances fell to Sutherland and Galloway but neither could convert and as the dame entered the final tem minutes of play Newburgh were being held at bay by some excellent defending.
Jordan Annandale replaced Ryan Kinnes with 8 minutes remaining on the clock in an attempt to create more forward momentum as Newburgh chased the equaliser.
With 5 minutes to play Newburgh got their just rewards for the pressure they were putting Bo’ness under. A throw in from the left to Scott Sutherland was controlled well, Sutherland looked up and swept an inch perfect pass into the on-rushing Kyle Fraser who drove an unstoppable shot from just outside the 18 yard box into the Bo’ness net.
From the kick off Newburgh came out of the blocks quickest and but for two marginal offside calls against first Galloway and then Sutherland they may well have grabbed a winner.
It was however the home side who were to inflict a late defeat on Newburgh with aquick break up the right catching the ‘Burgh defence out. The cross was perfect to Gribben who found himself presented with an open goal to slot home Bo’ness’s third and winning goal.
Newburgh’s day was dealt a further blow when Clark was shown a straight red card for a late challenge just before the referee blew for full time.
Scott Hudson was disappointed with the loss of the late goal after his team had dragged themselves back into the match in the second half “We made the worst possible start and were so far off the pace in the first half that we had to show improvement in the second half. The lads did what was asked of them in the second half and it was a devastating blow to lose the game so late on. It was a very quiet dressing room at full time”.
Newburgh return to East Shore Park on Saturday with Sauchie the visitors. The game kicks off at 2pm.
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