Newburgh kick started their 2020-21 season in the East of Scotland Football league structure with a convincing win against Fife rivals Lochore Welfare on Saturday.
Making their competitive debuts for Newburgh in the starting line-up were Nyass, signed from Kinnoull and Redpath signed from Pittenweem Rovers.
Both sides took some time to blow the cobwebs away with no real cohesion in their playing the opening 15 minutes. The first chance of the game fell to Sutherland who managed accelerated away from the Lochore defence only to be pulled back for a harshly judged offside.
Newburgh’s first goal came from the penalty spot in the 18th minute. A hand ball in the area presented Scott Sutherland with the opportunity to open Newburgh’s scoring. Sutherland stroked a well hit penalty into the net to give Newburgh the lead
As the first half progressed Newburgh remained on top with Lochore battling hard to keep the score at 1 – 0 at the break.
Another debutant for Newburgh was introduced at half time with Connor Murdoch, signed in the pre-season from Bowhill Rovers replacing Nyass in the middle of the park.
Lochore started the second half well with Kirkham and Clark being called upon early to thwart Lochore’s frontline before they could test Sutherland in the ‘Burgh goal.
Edward’s and Scarborough in the wide areas were causing problems with their driving play. Both could have scored midway through the half but for some good defending from the visitors.
The final 10 minutes of the game found Newburgh adding two goals, the first a world class free kick from debutant Reece Redpath who, from 20 yards, lifted a free kick over the wall and dip into the top corner. It was just a shame that at the moment their were no fans allowed into East Shore Park to witness the goal.
The final goal of the game was scored with three minutes to go when another driving run from Ben Scarborough out of defence was not stopped. Scarborough beat two men in midfield and drove towards the Lochore 18-yard box. A whipped left foot cross took a deflection off Lochore’s centre back past the keeper to give Newburgh their third goal.
Newburgh manager Scott Hudson was happy with his team’s performance, “we took the game to Lochore from the off and played some nice football through out the team. I was really pleased how all of the new lads played, they all fitted in really very well”.
Newburgh face two fixtures this week travelling to Stirling University midweek and then away again on Saturday to Burntisland Shipyard on Saturday.
Newburgh: C Sutherland, Johal, Scarborough (Findlay 82), Clark, Kirkham, Nyass (Murdoch 45), Hutchison, Redpath, S Sutherland, Edwards (Robinson 62), Gay
|October 10, 2020||2:30 pm||EoSFL Conference B||2020 - 21|
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