Newmachar Utd 4-1 Burghead Thistle
We welcomed Burghead to a warm Charlie’s for our first home game of the season.
We started off slowly and Burghead had a couple of chances in the opening few minutes when Mitchell saved comfortably from a shot from the edge of the box and then a last ditch tackle from Robertson deflected another shot just past the post.
We then found our feet and created a few chances including a Whelan long range effort that went wide with the keeper off his line, he then had a shot blocked after he had followed up a McMahon cross come shot that had been saved by the away keeper.
McMahon then had a couple of headers that he put wide from about 6 yards. We did eventually take the lead after 27 minutes when McMahon was tripped in the box as he got to the ball first. He stepped up and scored his second penalty in 2 games by putting the goalkeeper the wrong way.
We kept on going but the half ended with us being 1 up.
Full Time 4-1
NUFC Team – Mitchell, E Dryburgh, Black, Walton, Robertson, Young, Gerrie (Reynolds), Tough, Whelan, McMahon (Davidson), B Dryburgh (Wood).
Subs – Buckham, Wood, Blanksky, Duthie, Davidson, Reynolds
We caught up with the gaffer and the captain, Davie Black after the game to get their thoughts…
Obviously delighted to get the 3 points. Another 4 goals and probably should’ve had a couple more but we’ll take it. We’ve not played particularly well and with a very sloppy start we were fortunate not to go behind. Burghead had a couple great opportunities to score through our sloppy passing. I felt we upped the tempo a bit in the second half and looked dangerous going forward. It’s more experience into our young side. Not every game will go to plan and sometimes you need to find a way to get over the line when you’re not playing that well and they’ve done that today.
First & foremost getting the 3 points was the main aim and we did. First half was a bit stop start and we didn’t really get into a rhythm. Was a much improved 2nd half and we were ruthless when we needed to be. Still plenty room for improvement but the signs are there.