Newburgh hosted Sauchie for the third time this season at East Shore Park on Saturday. Newburgh won the previous league encounter and Sauchie took the honours in the East Region cup tie. The form book suggested that this would be a close game with Sauchie sitting mid-table in the league having not lost in their last 5 league fixtures.
Newburgh were forced to change the central defensive pairing once again with Gordon Clark sitting the game out having picked up a suspension. Sam Kirkham returned from suspension to take his place beside Andy Cameron. Jordan Annandale was added to the starting line up in in place of Craig Robinson who was unavailable due to work.
Newburgh’s created the first chance of the game when Jordan Annandale’s strong running on the left set him free from two defenders to flash a cross in front of Houston in the Sauchie goal. Newburgh’s strikers were not able to forward to turn the ball goal bound.
Newburgh’s pace was causing the Sauchie defence problems and the opening goal of the game came from a quick break out of defence by the home side. Andy Cameron lifted a pass forward from midfield over the Sauchie defence who were holding a very high line, Harry Galloway took a superb first touch and drove forward supported by Scott Sutherland. A delightful through ball from the outside of Galloway’s foot found Sutherland with just Houston to beat, Sutherland lifted his head and slid the ball beyond the Sauchie keeper into the net giving Newburgh the early advantage.
Sauchie were finding it difficult to create chances with Newburgh’s back line well marshalled by Kirkham and Cameron catching the Sauchie attackers offside on several occasions as they tried to get a foot hold in the game. Scarborough and Wight were posing more of an offensive threat in the flanks which was leaving the Sauchie front line isolated as their midfield were being pushed back into their own half.
With only a couple of minutes of the half remaining Newburgh created a superb chance to double their lead. Good work breaking out of defence by Ben Scarborough allowed him to link up with Galloway who lifted an inch perfect pass into the path of the ‘Burgh defender as he broke into the Sauchie 18 yard box. Scarborough’s shot whistled just wide of the upright with the keeper beaten keeping the advantage down to a single goal at halftime.
Sauchie started the second half in a more positive fashion and were able to work Calum Sutherland into making a save after 52 minutes. A shot from the angle of the 18 yard box looked goal bound but for a strong left hand from the Burgh stopper to turn the ball away for a corner.
Sauchie were reduced to ten men with an hour played. Scott Sutherland whose pace had been troubling the defence whenever he broke was pulled back as he advanced into the 18 yard box with just the keeper to beat. The referee showed a straight red card to Sauchie defender Atkins and awarded Newburgh a free kick just outside the 18 yard box. Sauchie loaded the wall expecting a strike at goal from Galloway. The free kick was taken sideways into the path of the un-marked Sutherland who made no mistake from 10 yards out to smash and unstoppable shop into the Sauchie net.
With the extra man advantage Newburgh pushed to extend their lead with chances falling to Aidan Edwards and Kyle Fraser both shooting high of the target.
Sauchie pushed hard as the game entered the last five minutes of play searching for a gaol. A series of corners were well defended by Newburgh denying any clear cut chances. With time running out Ryan Kinnes dropped deeper to protect the defence and it was looking more likely that Newburgh would keep the clean sheet until a well struck shot was deflected by an outstretched leg over Calum Sutherland to give the visitors a consolation goal in the dying minutes of the game.
Scott Hudson was pleased to have returned to winning ways “Sauchie are a really difficult side to break down, they are well organised and do not concede a lot of goals so to come away with all three points was really pleasing. We restricted them to very few chances in front of goal with our defence playing excellently and maintaining their concentration throughout the game”.
Newburgh return to Bo’ness Utd this weekend looking to avenge the late defeat suffered two weeks ago at the same venue. Kick off is at 14:30 at Newton Park Bo’ness.
|February 8, 2020||2:00 pm||South Premier League 2019-20||2019 - 20|
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