Charlie Gordon Park, North Region Second Division, 12/10/19
Newmachar United Junior Football Club
Nickname – United
Honours – None
Current Division – North Region Second Division
Random Fact– I played my first ever away game of football at Charlie Gordon Park circa thirty years ago
Plan A of Kilwinning R*****s v Troon was knocked in the head as I woke due to my house being freezing cold. Heating was goosed, meaning I had to get someone round to fix it. This again meaning I had to delve into the “unforseen circumstances” list of teams for the second week in the row which took me to the second closest Junior team to my house. (Colony Park being the closest)
Newmachar United are reasonably new to the Junior set up after starting out as amateurs. They have never been out of the bottom tier(correct me if I’m wrong) but to be fair they get a not bad amount watching. There were around fifty there which is not bad going at that level in such a small town. These fifty were treated to a quite horrific first half of fitba. It was terrible, with unforced error after unforced error. Some of which were schoolboy stuff.
I was beginning to wonder if i was heading for a fourth 0-0 in a week. I neednt have worried though as within forty secoconds of the restart Glentanar were one up after the Newmachar keeper manged to get caught under a cross and palmed it into his net,reminiscent of Andy Goram for R*****s 1872-2012 at Pittodrie many moons ago. The game desperatley needed this and it wasn’t long untill the home team were level through a close range effort after a keeper parry. The lead didnt last long with Glentanar scoring from the penalty spot. The foul coming when the United right back went careering into the Glens striker. It was one of those that you could see coming a mile away. The defender was only going to do one thing and that was obvious very early on. Quite a silly error and another avoidable goal. A guy standing next to me informed me that it was the twelfth penalty they had conceeded this season. To be honest I would be surprised if the other eleven were as daft as this one. In the dying embers of the game it looked as if the three points were heading to Woodside but it wasnt to be as after a stramash in the Glens box in the ninetieth minute, the keeper thought the danger had been avoided and held the ball on the ground with one hand. I can only think this was to waste a few seconds. The Newmachar player noticed this and swiftly toe poked it into the goal from out of the keepers grasp. Despite the protests the goal was legitimate as the keeper did not have control of it. Why he only had one hand im not sure. Newmachar looked to have a grabbed a point in the last minute. But in a further twist they went on to take the full points when after a freekick was awarded at the edge of the box, the number 8, who was the best player on the pitch skelped an inch perfect direct shot into the keepers top right corner off of the post and into the other side of the net. An excellent hit and worthy of winning a game. Cracking finish to the game that started off in such a hurrendous manner.