Arbroath Vics would have been pleased to take a point against Newburgh after the hosts turned in a poorer performance than recent weeks.
Vics made just one change to the side that beat Brechin the previous week, with Danny Ross replacing the unavailable Colin Lawson.
The home side were first to challenge when Kane Hester flicked a Kieran MacGregor throw-in across the box; Garry Warren went down under a challenge but the referee wasn’t impressed and waved play on.
At the other end, Allan Ferguson let fly from distance, but his shot failed to trouble Alex Cargill as it sailed high and wide of the target.
Vics had a great chance to take the lead in the eighth minute when Dale Riddell sent Kane Hester racing through the Newburgh defence, but he directed his shot too near Craig Houston and the keeper was able to stick out a hand to push it away..
Fraser Wilson got away on the left and when his cross into the box wasn’t cut out, Dylan Honeyman turned it goalwards where Cargill had to get down quickly at his near post.
From the corner, Bruce McAdam swung a cross to the far post where David Gray got in a header but Warren was able to nod it clear.
Allan Ferguson sent the ball out wide to McAdam on the left who got beyond Riddell and crossed into the box; Cargill made a great save form Daryl Falconer’s shot.
Newburgh came close when Falconer picked up a McAdam cross and got beyond Riddell before sending over a cross, which Craig Sturrock failed to deal with.
Cargill was Vics’ saviour again in the 30th minute when he got down low to save a Falconer shot close to the post after Riddell could only push a Wilson cross into his path.
Vics started the second half in a much more positive fashion and came close to taking the lead a minute in.
Matthew Swan delivered a cross into the Newburgh box, picking out Ross who sent a header against the bar with Houston beaten.
Ross got in another header after Warren crossed into the box when his initial corner had been cleared, but on this occasion his effort dropped wide of the post.
Falconer then picked up a McAdam through ball and cut into the box, drilling in a shot which Riddell threw his body at to block away.
Falconer was again in the thick of the action almost getting on the end of a Steven Harris hook into the box, but Kevin Durno beat him to the ball on the penalty spot to head clear.
Vics came close to breaking the deadlock in the 72nd minute when Steve Florence sent a pass through the Newburgh defence for Mowatt to race on to.
His shot was blocked by Houston, but the rebound fell for Hester whose shot was cleared off the line by a defender.
The away side almost profited from a contested drop ball soon after when Harris got to the byline and pulled the ball back for Honeyman, but his shot went straight into the body of Cargill.
With 12 minutes left, Harris passed up a great chance to give Newburgh the lead when Jordan Davidson sent Falconer away up the right, and when the number nine whipped the ball across the face of goal, he completely missed it with his head from inside the six yard box.
Vics then had another let off when an Allan Ferguson shot struck the arm of Durno inside the box, but the referee ruled it to be accidental and only halted play to yellow card the Newburgh player.
In the closing stages Vics pushed Newburgh back in search of a winner, but despite forcing a couple of corners the nearest they came was when Ross pulled the ball back from the byline where Mowatt had a shot blocked before Riddell fired the loose ball high over the bar.
Despite only picking up a point, Vics couldn’t feel too disappointed as they didn’t play as well as in recent matches.
They did hit the bar and had one shot cleared off the line, but Cargill produced a few quality saves to keep Newburgh out.
Their unbeaten run continued however and they had the satisfaction of keeping a clean sheet for the fifth game in succession.
Vics are out of town tomorrow when they travel to meet Thornton Hibs.
Kick-off is at 2.30 p.m. and transport leaves Ogilvy Park at 12 noon.
Arbroath Vics: Cargill, MacGregor, Sturrock, Riddell, Durno, Florence, Mowatt, Ross, Swan (Thomson, 63), Hester, Warren.
Newburgh: Houston, Davidson, Gray, Wilson, Ross, Hood (Chimiak, 73), McAdam, Ferguson, Harris, Falconer, Honeyman.
East Region North Division
p w d l f a pts
Downfield 22 18 2 2 69 20 56
Kennoway SH 26 16 6 4 95 46 54
East Craigie 22 13 4 5 66 34 43
Blairgowrie 22 13 3 6 58 31 42
Thornton Hibs 21 12 4 5 70 39 40
Brechin Vics 24 13 0 11 55 52 39
Arbroath Vics 24 10 6 8 48 43 36
Luncarty 23 10 4 9 52 45 34
Newburgh 24 10 4 10 45 42 34
Lochee Harp 23 10 2 11 48 47 32
Scone Thistle 22 8 2 12 38 52 26
Lochore Welfare 22 5 4 13 38 69 19
Kirrie Thistle 23 4 6 13 27 56 18
Kirkcaldy YM 24 4 3 17 40 75 15
Forfar Albion 24 2 0 22 20 118 6