Newburgh travelled to East Lothian on Saturday to contest the 2nd round of the Fife & Lothians cup against South Super league side Pumpherston at Recreation Park. Pumpherston have started their Super league campaign in good form and sit 4th in the table.
Newburgh welcomed back Jordan Annandale to match fitness after a period out with injury.
Newburgh were first to create a chance with Gordon Clark delivering an inch perfect diagonal ball to Ben Scarborough wide on the left. Scarborough latched on to the ball and drove for the bye line where he pulled a cross over the 18 yard box that neither Gay nor Sutherland could connect with in front of goal.
Pumpherston took the lead in the 4th minute with Nicholson turning a cross from the wide right into the net to establish an early advantage for the home side.
This lead was doubled in the 15th minute with Smith on hand to cut the ball low into the net after a period of dominance for Pumpherston that well warranted their lead.
Callum Galloway had to make way having picked up an injury with Craig Robinson introduced into the midfield.
Newburgh could not get a hold of the ball and were surrendering possession too easily. Pumpherston continued to probe the Newburgh defence with Calum Sutherland called into action several times to keep the home side at bay.
The almost constant pressure paid off for the home side on the half hour when the near side linesman saw an infringement in the penalty area that resulted in a converted spot kick for Pumpherston’s midfield play maker Beaumont.
Andy Cameron made way for Sam Kirkham as Newburgh changed formation to try and turn the game around.
Newburgh welcomed the break at half time with Pumpherston continuing to cause the ‘Burgh defence problems.
Newburgh’s woes were compounded early in the second half with Pumpherston’s Beaumont adding his second and Pumpherston’s 4th goal to set Newburgh an almost impossible task of getting themselves into the cup tie.
Pumpherston continued to play the better football restricting Newburgh to half chances without ever really threatening the home goal.
Newburgh made their final change in the 73rd minute introducing Harry Galloway for the tiring Annandale. Galloway’s energy introduced a new dynamic for Pumpherston to cope with.
Craig Robinson grabbed a goal for Newburgh on the 75thminute lashing a shot under O’Neill.
The goal spurred Newburgh on and with increased urgency they took the game to the home side and forced their first spell of real pressure in the game. A series of corners were conceded by Pumpherston which led to the second goal of the game for Newburgh with Jack Cowan picking up a headed clearance just outside the penalty area. Cowan made no mistake with his shot high into the roof of the net on the 83rd minute.
Pumpherston were now being pinned back into their half with Newburgh throwing everything at them and the third goal for Newburgh once again came from a corner. A well delivered Jamie Gay corner was contested by Newburgh’s Gordon Clark and the opposition keeper O’Neill. The ball flew up over the defence and dropped into the net to bring Newburgh to within one goal of taking the tie to penalties with only injury time remaining.
Newburgh pushed hard attempting to carve out the equaliser but it was not to be with the game finishing much to the relief of the home side before Newburgh could convert the pressure into goals.
Newburgh manager Scott Hudson spoke after the game “We demanded improvements in the dressing room at half time as the first half performance was unacceptable. To lose the 4th goal was really disappointing as I feel if we had scored first in the second half we would have given ourselves a chance”.
Newburgh travel to Rosyth on Saturday in a return to league duties. Kick of is at the earlier time of 2pm at the Fleet Grounds Rosyth
|October 26, 2019||2:30 pm||Fife & Lothians Cup||2019 - 20|
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