Newburgh 2 Pumpherston Juniors 7
Newburgh faced a stiff challenge at home on Saturday with the visit of Champions elect Pumpherston Juniors in the South Premier league.
Pumpherston have strolled through this season winning all but to of their league fixtures giving them a commanding lead in the league table.
Newburgh manager Scott Hudson stuck with the formation that had performed well the previous week at Bathgate. The only changes to the line up being Martin slotting into midfield with Hall moving back into the centre of defence for the absent Clark and Craig Robinson added to the midfield with MacBride filling in for Johal in the defence.
Newburgh got off to the worst possible start conceding a goal in the second minute. Pumpherston were up for the game and pushed Newburgh back attacking at will. The lead was doubled on the 21st minute with the visitors free flowing football proving difficult to stem.
Newburgh grabbed a lifeline two minutes later when a perfectly struck shot from distance by Kyle Fraser bounced just in front of the keeper lifting the ball over his arms into the net.
Newburgh’s hope was short lived however when Pumpherston re-established the two goal advantage in the 25th minute.
Newburgh’s central defensive partnership had to be changed on the half hour with Hall pulling up with an injury. Local lad Matty Porteous replaced him.
The game became more competitive from this point with some attacking open play proving a spectacle for the crowd. Calum Sutherland produced several great saves and Newburgh forced the visiting keeper to be on his toes at the other end in a free flowing game.
Newburgh stemmed the tide up until the 34th minute when Pumpherston added their forth and final goal of the half.
As the second half began Newburgh were forced into making another change when Kyle Fraser picked up an ankle injury. Sean Hastie replaced Fraser in the front line.
Pumpherston added a fifth goal shortly after this to take the game beyond any doubt. Sean Hastie’s lively running up front found him in space to stick the ball away for Newburgh’s second goal in the 51st minute with no slow up in the attacking play from either side.
Both sides looked capable of increasing their tally. Newburgh’s Callum McCleary showed some excellent footwork on the wide left and was giving his maker a torrid time every time he had the ball. The youngster created several chances for himself but could not convert any of these chances into goals.
Pumpheston added two further goals in the half to take the final score to Newburgh 2 Pumpherston 7
Manager Husdon spoke after the game “Losing seven goals at home hurts but I have to look at the positives in our team. We are a threat going forward with some real creativity in the team. This was always going to be a test for the team as Pumpherston are a stick on for the title, possibly next weekend of they win, so I cannot be too hard on the team today. We will re-group and push on for next weekends fixture”.
Newburgh travel to West Calder on Saturday for their final away fixture of the league season.
Newburgh: Sutherland, MacBride, Milton, Hall (Porteous 31), Meaney, Martin, Hutchison, F Robinson, C Robinson, McCleary (MacKay 72), Fraser (Hastie 48)