Newburgh returned to league duties this weekend looking to put last week’s cup disappointment behind them at Westfield Park. Syngenta changed their management team recently and with several new faces added to the playing staff they were always going to present a different challenge to the team Newburgh faced on the opening day of the season at East Shore Park.
Syngenta started the match on the front foot with Calum Sutherland in the ‘Burgh goal being called into action twice in the opening exchanges to keep the home side at bay. Newburgh’s back three of Clark, Kirkham and Bell were coping well and stifled the attacks allowing midfield to grab a hold of the game and maintain a good period of Newburgh possession without carving out an real clear cut chances for the forwards.
Aidan Edwards on Newburgh’s right was to create the first chance for Newburgh with his direct running allowing him to get beyond the defence to drive the ball across the box. Fraser Robinson could not latch on to the ball and the danger was cleared.
Newburgh took the lead just after the half hour. Gordon Clark intercepted a loose pass and lifted an inch perfect ball 30 yards over the home defence. Craig Robinson’s pace outstripped the retreating defence allowing the ‘Burgh striker time to pick his spot and drive a shot into the corner of the goal beyond Reid in the Syngenta goal.
Syngenta probed for an equaliser and Calum Sutherland was called into action twice more before the break making critical saves to allow Newburgh to go into the break in the lead.
Newburgh started the second half well taking the game to Syngenta. Newburgh created a flurry of half chances in the opening exchanges. The concerted pressure failed to add to the ‘Burgh’s goal tally.
It was to be the home side who carved out the second goal of the game just after the hour. A Newburgh corner was defended well and with Newburgh’s defence pushed up the park a long ball over the top caught them out. Syngenta’s striker McCann contested a foot race with Calum Sutherland who sprinted off his line to try and clear the danger. McCann just beat the ‘Burgh keeper to the ball and made space to turn the ball into the gaping net from 20 yards out.
Newburgh made a double substitution minutes later with Scott Sutherland and Jamie Gay introduced to play replacing Aidan Edwards and Craig Robinson. This substitution was to prove decisive. Ben Scarborough picked up a loose pass halfway into the ‘Burgh half and lofted a tremendous ball over the Syngenta defence for Scott Sutherland to run on to. The striker latched on to the ball and drove in on goal with the defence training in his wake. Sutherland lashed a perfectly placed shot under Reid to restore the lead for Newburgh.
Ryan Smart replaced Jack Hutchison to introduce fresh legs and stiffen up the midfield. Smart took his place alongside Jack Cowan in a like for like swap.
Newburgh extended their lead in the 76th minute. Syngenta were pushing further and further up the park looking for an equaliser. Bell headed a cross clear into the path of Sutherland who turned his marker just inside the Burgh half. Sutherland slipped the ball to Jamie gay who was breaking at pace into the Syngenta half. Gay timed a perfect pass back to Sutherland who had made up ground into the Syngenta penalty area where he once again picked his spot and struck the ball into the Syngenta net beyond the keepers reach.
Syngenta grabbed a consolation goal in the 85th minute the result of a driving run down the right that found Lyon on his own the penalty box with time to slot the ball away for the home sides second goal of the game.
Newburgh managed the remainder of the game well never presenting Syngenta with any opportunities to take anything from the game.
Manager Scott Hudson was happy to maintain the momentum in the league “It was important that we put last weeks result in the cup behind us. We talk about momentum to the squad all the time and we needed to keep the good run of form in the league going. We faced a different side today to the one we played on the first day of the season, they were hard to break down and defended well. The substitutions made the difference for us with the players coming on making an impact in the game right away”.
Newburgh travel to Super League Pumpherston next week to play the re-arranged Fife & Lothian’s cup tie.
|October 19, 2019||2:30 pm||South Premier League 2019-20||2019 - 20|
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