Newburgh nick the win against Vics

Brechin Vics were at home for the first time since January 10, and welcomed Fife outfit Newburgh.

Vics were first to come close when Lewis was played in on goal but the ‘keeper made a good diving save.

They were on the ascendancy and good passing movements created opportunities down both flanks but the final ball into the box was failing to find their intended targets.

However, Newburgh were dangerous on the break and Robbie was called into action to save a header from 12 yards.

Vics came agonisingly close in 30 minutes when Whitworth’s headed flick found Lewis and his angled shot from eight yards was again saved by the ‘keeper.

Two minutes later Whitworth had a free header from eight yards which was just too high and went over the crossbar.

They came close again towards the end of the half when a Milne cross went across the six yard box with no takers.

Half-time: Brechin Vics 0, Newburgh 0.

Vics had a chance on 55 minutes when again Lewis had an attempt with a shot which the ‘keeper spilled but to his relief went behind for a corner. Newburgh were as much on the attack but the Vics defence held firm and kept any attempts at long range.

Vics came close on 60 minutes when a Whitworth header from 10 yards was saved by the ‘keeper.

Newburgh took the lead on 70 minutes with what proved to be the winning goal. Their striker was tripped in the box and a penalty kick was awarded. Harris stepped up and slammed the ball past Robbie.

Vics pushed forward and on 78 minutes Whitworth again came close when played in on goal but although he rounded the ‘keeper, Newburgh somehow managed to scramble the ball clear and the chance was lost. Vics pushed for the remainder of the game but were unable to break a stubborn Newburgh defence.

Team: Robbie, S. Eaton, Milne, Stephen, Gauld, Steel, Renilson, Strachan, Whitwroth, King and Lewis. Subs: Ross, Wilson, Mitchell, Dunn and Main (gk).

A club spokesperson said: “Vics dominated the first half but the second was very much even with Newburgh grabbing the all important goal. Vics haven’t yet reached the standards set before the enforced break but self belief, hard work and togetherness will soon see them get back too winning ways.”

Vics are away to Kirkcaldy this Saturday (February 28), with a 2.30 p.m. kick off.