Lochgelly Albert v Newburgh
This McBookie.com Premier League South match sees Lochgelly Albert, currently in eleventh place entertain fifth place Newburgh at Gardiners Park. The last time these sides met was in the McBookie.com Premier League South match back on 13 October 2018 at Gardiners Park where the sides drew 0-0.
From their last 6 league matches Lochgelly Albert have taken 1 points, having won 0, lost 1, drawn 1 scoring 3 goals and conceding 5, while the visitors have taken 3 points with 1 wins, 1 defeats and 0 draws, scoring 4 goals and conceding 5.
The form favours the visitors but this could be a close match.
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Newburgh faced another Fife derby on Saturday with a trip to Lochgelly Albert in the South premier league. Lochgelly, another team under new management, have had a mixed start to their league campaign. They are in a similar position to Newburgh with a fairly new squad this season.
Newburgh welcomed back Ryan Hughes, Sean MacBride and Scott Sutherland back into the squad. Craig Hall dropped out of the squad having picked up a thigh strain the previous week against Kirkcaldy.
Newburgh started the game well with the majority of the possession in the opening stages of the game. Robinson on the left and Fraser on the right were stretching the home defence. Newburgh forced a series of corners which they could not capitalise on with the home defence dealing with the pressure well.
The home side pulled themselves into the lead on the 25th minute. Possession was won in the middle of the park and long ball into the corner wasn’t dealt with allowing Chitmere to close in one on one with Sutherland in the Newburgh goal. The Lochgelly striker picked his spot and passed the ball into the net from 5 yards.
The loss of the goal rocked Newburgh having held so much of the possession and momentum it was disappointing to go behind in the game.
Lochgelly were given a boost with the goal and took a hold of the game pressing hard to find the second goal in the game. Newburgh defended well keeping the home side limited to shots from distance that never troubled the ‘Burgh goal.
With half time fast approaching Newburgh hauled themselves back into the game with a neat move through midfield between Lambert and Smart that released Sutherland. The young strikers pace caught the defence out allowing him to fire a tremendous shot past the home keeper.
Sutherland added to Newburgh’s tally on the stroke of half time. The forwards eye for goal showed as he lifted a lob over the keeper and defenders from 12 yards out which bounced off the crossbar and into the net giving Newburgh a deserved half time lead.
Newburgh extended their lead 10 minutes into the second half. A free kick was awarded on the angle of the 18 yard box 20 yards from goal. Lambert stepped up and drove a shot low into the corner beyond the home keepers reach to give Newburgh the all-important two goal cushion.
The response from the home side on the 56th minute shook Newburgh with a fast break out from midfield leaving Newburgh on the back foot. A pin point accurate cross was met by Stark who despatched a perfectly placed header into the top corner. Newburgh’s 2 goal advantage had only lasted 2 minutes.
Lochgelly hauled themselves level on the hour mark when a Johal tackle inside the box was adjudged by the referee to have been a foul. Johal was insistent that the challenge was a fair one however the referee would not be swayed and Perrie sent the resultant spot kick high into the net.
The game was played at high pace with Newburgh pushing to get themselves back in front. Hughes replaced Fraser. Hughes injected fresh pace to the Newburgh front line and he crafted space for himself soon after coming on with a shot flying just wide of the post. Robinson’s pace on the left continued to make life difficult for the home defence, unfortunately with no reward coming for his work. Smart was controlling the midfield breaking up any attacks and moving the ball around the park well for Newburgh.
Newburgh looked fairly comfortable up to the last 10 minutes of the game until a pair of goals for the home side took the wind out of Newburgh’s sails. A free kick into the ‘Burgh box has not cleared properly resulting in a scramble inside the six yard box which allowed Chitmere to poke the ball into the net.
With only a couple of minutes remaining Newburgh were chasing the game pushing up the park. A long clearance from the Lochgelly defence was picked up by the striker who drove towards goal. Clark met the defender and slid into a tackle that seemed to influence the ball. The referee disagreed and awarded a free kick 20 yards from goal. Perrie stepped up and hit a fantastic shot into the top corner of the net giving Sutherland no chance of reaching it.
Manager Hudson was disappointed that his side had, for the second week in a row, played very well and come away from the game with nothing to show for the hard work. “We were the better team for a considerable time in the match, but goals win games and we have no complaints we will just have to work harder again this week to see some improvement in next Saturdays game against Rosyth. Lochgelly took their chances where we didn’t and that was the difference in the game”.
Newburgh are at home next Saturday with Rosyth providing the opposition. Kick-off is at 14:30.
|August 18, 2018||2:30 pm||South Premier League 2018-19||2018 - 19|
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