Charlie Gordon Park, NRJFA Championship, 18/2/23
Me still 266, Wee Man 138
Newmachar United Junior Football Club
Founded-1987 at amateur ranks
Nickname – United
Honours – None since stepping up to Juniors in 2010
Current Division – North Region Second Division
Random Fact– I played my first ever away game of football at Charlie Gordon Park circa thirty two years ago
The NRJFA quest for Wee Man keeps on coming. Again his pick today without even giving him a choice. Funnily enough all five left to visit for him were at home today but a journey to our second most local Junior club after Colony Park it was to be. There were no plans in the morning but with the day whittling away the boss decided we were going the 8 miles down the A947. Given the proximity and the lateness of the decision there were no pre match escapades barring a bit of Mario Kart.
Coming into this both teams were tied on 29 points locked in mid table so it had the makings of a close game. In the end though I am sure both teams will agree the better team on the day won. However the game started in disaster as Wee Man had forgotten his sweeties for the game. He was was sitting on the roller for the pitch away from me looking sad with a proper sulk on and I initially thought it was due to the lack of kick about pre-game. But eventually he told me it was sweetie related. On the pitch, it didn’t take the hosts long to take the lead when after some fine play out on the right Lewis Mewse fired in a cross which found the back post and more importantly team mate Gregg Wood who had as good as an open goal to strike into. Two minutes and the deadlock broken. Newmachar looked up for this and were again causing issues when in a similar move to the goal Mewes picked out Watt but his effort was too tame to trouble Sharp in the Banks o’ Dee goal. Speaking of not testing keepers, the Dee had a massive chance when Osprey skinned two defenders at the edge of the box he managed to find league top scorer Charlie Rothnie but he miscued to a wide open strike partner Scott Milne who could not divert at goal leaving keeper Mitchell to breath a sigh of relief. The Dee had another chance before the half was out when a ball over the top found Rothie who thumped the ball goalward with Mitchell palming it upward and for a split second I thought the ball was going to drop in the net but it went just over.
HT 1 v 0
During the first half I was chatting to Brian Johnstone from the committee. (ex Ellon Thistle player for the record). A very friendly dude for starters but also informative on the club. For example he told me that there is a stand to be erected at Charlie Gordon Park and the seats being used were donated by Motherwell FC, nice one the Well. But to add to Brian’s top man credentials after he had his own kick about with the days mascots, he then came and gifted Wee Man a club pennant. A fantastic wee touch from him. After getting Wee Man filthy scudding shots at him the players remerged from the clubhouse, which seems to be very similar if not identical to Cruden Bays last week.
Newmachar were unlucky not to score early in this half too when Mewes saw an effort cleared of the line in last gasp fashion by Danny Robertson. Then it was the Dee who were threatening when Mitchell was called into a decent double save when he saved from Milne then Milne again on the rebound. Solid goalkeeping. Newmachar did double their lead when after a quick break and in similar fashion to the opener a ball out wide was then crossed in and Mewes had gone from assist maker to scorer this time when he couldn’t miss from 5 yards. If anyone deserved a goal on the park today it was the Newmachar number seven. A very good shift. This killed the game and the Dee heads visibly went down from here. Newmachar probably should have had a third when Cormack did well to beat his man in the box but to be fair to Lloyd Sharp in the BoD goal he did well to keep it out. One of those, part bad miss, part good save affairs. The game was over as a contest and the Dee never rallied in the half hour post second goal. Their only chance was a header off a corner from Ewen Robertson which was high wide and handsome in the end. The wee bunch of kids with their songbook (“ultras Newmachar”) were in full voice as the game petered out and as the distant rumbles of helicopters at Dyce was replaced by a louder rumble of punters in CGP keeping tabs on the Aberdeen shitshow at Celtic Park the referee blew to a close and the points deservedly stayed in the ‘shire. With 5 teams going up this season(an extra added as Montrose Roselea are dumping the North for the Midland League as of next season) this could be an extremely valuable three points with United now up to sixth joint with two other sides in Buchanhaven Hearts and Rothie Rovers.
4 to go for Wee Man in his quest. He was only half way in August when he came up with it
Entrance – £6 Me, Free Wee Man
Attendance – 63
Pie – £6.50 2 x pies, crisps, Crunchie and coffee
Pint – £6 Stella and Apple Juice. (Newmachar Hotel)
Score Predictions – Me 2 v 2, Wee Man 2 v 1
Season Score Prediction Total – Me 1 v 2 Wee Man