Gowfers can’t dim Newtongrange’s Star

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Carnoustie Panmure 0, Newtongrange Star 1

On Saturday Carnoustie Panmure welcomed high-flying Midlothian’s outfit Newtongrange Star to Laing Park, for a match in the McBookie.com East SuperLeague.

For the match, manager Alan McSkimming made several positional changes and one personnel change to the line-up from the previous week.

Rori Bews was unavailable and Roddy Black was on from the start, with Scott Robertson being moved up front to lead the line. Kev Cumming was back from his four-match suspension and went straight on to the bench, where he was joined by John Roberts, Marc Scott, Ryan Roach and spare ‘keeper, Chris Macpherson.

The Gowfers kicked off playing towards the town, but it was the visitors who struck after only six minutes, when Cherrie made a good run up the right, then picked out C. KING, on the edge of the box and he drove the ball, low, past Ferrie, into the bottom of the net.

At this point Newtongrange were having the best of the play and in 16 minutes C. Renton burst through and tried to lob Ferrie, but the ‘keeper was equal to his task and was able to palm the ball down, then thump it away to safety.

Three minutes later, the visitors won a free-kick around 30 yards out, when Buggins was adjudged to have fouled Cropley. Thomson took the kick and sent in a good shot, but Ferrie got up well to touch the ball over for a corner, which was taken by Cropley and cleared away to safety by Millar.

Play then surged downfield in what was Carnoustie’s first real attack, but Simpson put his shot narrowly over the top, from the edge of the box. In 25 minutes a corner by Simpson, from out on the left, caused a bit of panic in the Star’s defence, before it was eventually cleared away upfield by Swaney.

Five minutes later, Smith won a corner out on the left, off Noble, which Simpson took and when the ball came over, Cook fired in a shot, which was deflected behind, again by Noble. Again Simpson took the kick, but this time Dunn was able to clear the ball away, before any of the Gowfers could get a vital touch. In 35 minutes the Gowfers won yet another corner, which was again taken by Simpson and this time it was Thomson who was on hand to clear it to safety.

Four minutes later, the visitors had a half-chance to add to their tally, after C. King burst through, but then wasted the chance by firing the ball high over the top. Right on the whistle, the Gowfers had a chance to level the tie after Smith fed a good ball through to Simpson, who fired in a low drive, but keeper K. Renton rushed from his line and was able to block it away with his feet and Noble thumped the ball away upfield.

Half-time: Carnoustie Panmure 0, Newtongrange Star 1.

Four minutes after the restart, the visitors had another half-chance when C. King tried a snap-shot from the edge of the box, but sent the ball high over the bar. In 55 minutes, the Gowfers went very close to opening their account, after Black took a pass from Millar, strode forward, then drilled in a low shot, only to see the ball rebound off C. Renton’s left-hand post, and get cleared away by Swaney.

Two minutes later it was Cook who went close to levelling matters, but was just off target and the ball whizzed narrowly past the keeper’s right-hand post. With an hour on the watch, it was the Gowfers who made the first change, with McIlravey going off and M. Scott taking over.

A minute later the homesters again came close to drawing level when Black fired in a fierce shot from 30 yards, but K. Renton made a great save turning the ball round his left-hand post, for a corner.

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Again Simpson took the kick and picked out Robertson, but he drilled his shot narrowly past.

In 65 minutes Star made their first change with M. King going off, to be replaced by Jamieson and a couple of minutes later, Wilson took over from Cropley. Seven minutes later the Gowfers went close to going further behind after Jamieson burst through and, with only the ‘keeper to beat, fired in a shot, but Ferrie rushed out and blocked the ball away with his feet and it spun out behind for a corner. C. King took the kick and picked out Tolmie, but he headed the ball straight at Ferrie, who had no trouble making the save.

In 80 minutes, Wilson was shown the yellow card for chopping down McGeehan, who received some lengthy treatment from the physio, but was unable to continue and was helped off, to be replaced by Roberts. Three minutes later, Jamieson again burst through and fired in a low shot, but again Ferrie rushed out and blocked the ball away with his feet.

In 86 minutes, C. Renton became the second Star player to be shown yellow, this for a foul on Buggins. Right on the whistle, Newtongrange really should have gone two up when, firstly Jamieson, then C. King both had clear chances, but on both occasions the Gowfers were able to get bodies in the way and block shots. Moments later the referee brought the game to a close and once again, despite a good overall performance, the Gowfers were left with nothing.

Teams: Carnoustie Panmure - Ferrie, Cook, Neave, Buggins, Millar, McGeehan, McIlravey, Black, Robertson, Smith, Simpson. Substitutes – M. Scott, Roberts, Cumming, Roach and MacPherson (GK).

Newtongrange Star – K. Renton, swaney, Noble, Tolmie, Dunn, Thomson, M. King, Cherrie, C. Rennie, C. King, Cropley. Substitutes – Jamieson, Wilson, Kerr, Gillon and Amos (GK).

Tomorrow’s Match

Tomorrow (Saturday), the Gowfers are back on the road, heading this time for Volunteer Park and a meeting with fellow strugglers, Armadale Thistle, in the McBookie.com East Superleague.

If ever a game were to take on the mantle of the proverbial ‘six pointer’, then surely it must be this one. The West Lothian’s club currently lie in 13th spot in the table, immediately above the Gowfers, having leapfrogged them last Saturday, courtesy of their excellent 2-1 win away to table-toppers, Kelty Hearts. With both sides desperate for points, this is sure to be a hard-fought affair. Kick-off will again be at 2.30 p.m.

Results: Penicuik 1, Lochee United 3; Musselburgh Athletic 5, Camelon Juniors 1; Kelty Hearts 1, Armadale Thistle 2; Hill of Beath Hawthorn 2, Bonnyrigg Rose 2; Carnoustie Panmure 0, Newtongrange Star 1; Broxburn Athletic 0, Boness United 2; Fauldhouse United 0, Sauchie Juniors 3.

McBookie.com East Superleague

P W D L F A Pts

Kelty Hearts 22 16 4 2 54 18 52

Bo’ness 17 11 3 3 37 14 36

Newtongrange 16 11 3 2 31 13 36

Linlithgow 15 10 2 3 41 18 32

Penicuik Ath 19 8 6 5 31 27 30

Musselburgh 17 8 4 5 33 27 28

Bonnyrigg 20 8 4 8 39 39 28

Sauchie 20 7 6 7 28 38 27

Broxburn Ath 20 5 11 4 26 28 25

Hill of Beath 19 6 4 9 28 32 22

Fauldhouse 21 5 6 10 32 40 21

Camelon 19 4 4 11 21 40 16

Armadale 18 3 3 12 25 41 12

Carnoustie 18 2 5 11 17 39 11

Lochee 19 3 2 14 31 58 11

Ballingry Rvrs 0 0 0 0 0 0 0