Newmachar United v Rothie Rovers

Match Reports 22/23

Apr 19

Newmachar Utd 1-0 Rothie Rovers

We welcomed Rothie Rovers to Charlie’s for Tuesday’s championship fixture with Tait Duthie & Jack Cowie missing. Ryan Cormack, Ryan Whelan, James Baxter & Murray Dawson all returned to the squad.

We continued our promotion push with a narrow victory. It wasn’t a game for the purists on a fiery pitch with very little football played but we put in a mature performance and a Stewart Gerrie header from a Lewis Robertson corner just before half time was the difference between the teams.

The team defended as a unit throughout the game limiting the away side to very little chances. Simon saved well from a Jake Stewart shot, other than that there weren’t too many chances for either team.

We did have the ball in the net toward the end of the game. Greg Wood lifting it over the on rushing keeper and in off the post but the referee blew for a foul in the build up.

At this stage of the season the most important thing is to get the 3 points and this was definitely one of those games where playing passing possession football was sacrificed for the win.

Thanks to Ryan from North East Windows & Doors Ltd for sponsoring the game last night. Your support is really much appreciated.

We now move onto another home game v New Elgin on Saturday where another 3 points are vital in the promotion race.

FT 1-0

NUFC Team – Mitchell, Walton, Robertson, B Dryburgh, Young, Gerrie, Munro, Reid, Mewse, Watt, Whelan

Subs – Cormack, E Dryburgh, Collins, Wood, Baxter, Dawson, Reynolds

We caught up with the gaffer after the game to get his thoughts…

We knew what to expect. Rothie are good side, playing with a tempo hard to deal with and some very good, dangerous players in their side, so that coupled with a dry, fiery surface made it very hard to play any football. I knew if we could stay compact at the back and not commit men forward, we’d get a chance. This team always creates chances, we just had to be clinical. Lewis has put a great ball in from the corner and Gezza got his head on it.

We were almost in a couple of times but the final ball let us down. We restricted Rothie to very few chances so all in all, although a horrific game of football to watch, a very pleasing night.
I thought the team were fantastic. Some very good performances. We now have a different test in New Elgin to overcome on Saturday.

Photos courtesy of Simon Robertson