Newburgh called up two youngsters from Leven U19’s to assist with the match day squad on Saturday with Mitchell Young and Josh Ellis gaining their first experience of Junior football.
Newburgh were looking to get back to winning ways having fallen to Rosyth the previous Saturday.
Newburgh started brightly with Scott Sutherland immediately putting MacArthur under pressure from kick off. Linlithgow settled down and were the first team to create a chance with a poor shot from 18 yards not testing Calum Sutherland in the ‘Burgh goal.
Newburgh were holding the majority of possession but they could not craft any clear cut chances in front of goal.
It was the visitors who took the lead in the 23rd minute with Henderson driving in on goal at the angle giving himself space to smash a shot into the net across the face of goal.
Newburgh were not playing cohesively and were really struggling to create anything resembling the form they had been showing recently. Craig Robinson and Jack Cowan playing in the wide area of midfield were finding themselves isolated when they collected possession and the swarming defence of the visitors was coping well with Newburgh coming at them.
The second half opened well for Newburgh with a series of corners. The equalising goal arrived in the 48th minute when Kyle Fraser picked up a header from Sam Kirkham to slot the ball under MacArthur.
Linlithgow reacted to the set back and started to create chances. The lively Henderson was proving a thorn in Newburgh’s side with his pace and movement pulling the defence around. The game became fragmented with neither team seeming to be able to craft anything.
Ben English who had picked up a knock in the face in the build up to Newburgh’s goal was replaced by Harry Galloway around the hour mark.
With the game stretched and becoming more and more fractious Newburgh lost possession in the midfield giving Coleman time to pick a pass to Henderson who slipped a lovely weighted pass through to Sneddon who had continued his run into the box. The Linlithgow midfielder was composed enough to lift the ball over the advancing Sutherland to restore the visitors lead.
With half an hour to play Newburgh took the game to the visitors attacking in numbers to try and drag themselves back into the game. Half chances fell to Scott Sutherland and Harry Galloway but there appeared to be no way through the organised defence.
Newburgh continued to press right to the end of the match but there was to be no late fightback with Linlithgow running out winners.
Scott Hudson spoke after the game “We managed to retain a good level of possession but we really lacked a cutting edge in the last third of the pitch. It is disappointing to have dropped more points in the league but we have to lift our heads and get on with it”.
Newburgh travel to Superleague Armadale Thistle next Saturday in the Thornton’s Property League cup. Kick-off is at 13:45
|January 18, 2020||1:45 pm||South Premier League 2019-20||2019 - 20|
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