With his Newburgh squad short of bodies on Saturday, manager Scott Hudson drafted in two local youngsters to take their places on the bench for this South Premier league clash with Rosyth.
Willie Wright and Kyle Fraser moved from their familiar positions into the defence and Jamie Gay re-joined the squad after a period out through injury.
Rosyth’s attacking threat is under-pinned with them having Tam Hampson, the league’s leading goal scorer, in their starting eleven.
The opening half an hour of the game was a close affair with Newburgh and Rosyth both having chances to open their account for the day. Newburgh’s defence was well marshalled by Clark with no real threat on the Newburgh goal.
With 25 minutes played Rosyth thought they had broken the deadlock with a cross that was turned in to the Newburgh goal. A break from a long ball over the top, that looked suspiciously offside, allowed the visitor in on goal. A low ball driven across goal was turned past Sutherland in the ‘Burgh goal however the referee adjudged that a hand had been used by Hampson and gave Newburgh the free kick much to the Rosyth dugouts dismay.
Ryan Smart who had been playing well in midfield picked up an injury around the half hour mark forcing Hudson to introduce Jamie Gay into the game earlier than would have been ideal with the ‘Burgh forward returning from injury just this week.
Gay made his mark on the game shortly after coming on picking up a pass from Skinner just outside the box. He wasn’t closed down quickly enough allowing him the opportunity to turn and lift a beautiful shot into the top corner of the net to give Newburgh the lead.
The priority for Newburgh was then to take the lead into the dressing room at half time which they managed with the defence coping well with back lash from Rosyth at going behind.
The second half was only 5 minutes old when Newburgh doubled their lead with Scot Sutherland crafting an opportunity for himself with his never say die attitude up front. A poor pass back from Hynd to Harkness in the visitors goal allowed Sutherland to use his pace to quickly press the goalie. The keeper tried to move the ball from his left to his favoured right foot, Sutherland got across the keeper as he cleared it and intercepted the ball and slotted the ball into the open goal. A fantastic piece of work by the young forward to bring his tally as a ‘Burgh player to 8 goals in 7 starts.
Newburgh continued to take the game to Rosyth with the whole team playing well. Rosyth were limited to possession in the wide areas where they struggled to make an impression on the game. A series of knocks slowed the game down as both physio’s were called on to the park to attend to their players.
With Newburgh defending well Rosyth found it increasingly difficult to impose themselves on the game. It was Newburgh who scored the crucial 3rd goal of the game when some excellent work from Craig and Fraser Robinson allowed the ball to be driven into the box from the wide left. A perfect cut back from Robinson was met by Gay who made no mistake in adding to his tally for the day smashing the ball past Harkness to put Newburgh comfortably 3 goals ahead on the 78th minute.
Newburgh recorded their second home win out of two starts this season, most pleasing for ‘Burgh manager Hudson was his the teams tenacity “we didn’t allow the fact we were down in number affect us today, every single player did his bit on the park. We had players playing out of position but anyone watching who didn’t know the squad would not have been able to pick any player who looked out of place or uncomfortable in where they were playing”.
Newburgh have a break from league duties next weekend when they visit Harthill Royal in the 2nd round of the East Region Cup.
|August 25, 2018||2:30 pm||South Premier League 2018-19||2018 - 19|
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