Last result: Sat 30th August 2014 - Berts 1 Dunbar United 1 (League) Next up: Saturday 6th September 2014 - Berts vs. West Calder United (East of Scotland Cup) @ Gardiners Park, k/o 2.30pm

 

Berts 1 Dunbar United 1...

Posted: Saturday 30th August 2014, 10:30pm

 

"The Draw Specialists" is a name that is beginning to become notoriously associated with the Berts, but ask Head Coach Craig Ness about this and he's equally quick to point out that the club are also tougher to beat and are still unbeaten after 5 League games so any unbeaten run is a positive thing.

 

Once again the match was hampered by the equally notorious wind at Gardiners Park which, blowing end to end, helped/hindered each team each half. The visitors, on paper, offered the sternest challenge so far and got off the blocks fastest forcing Lee Wilson into two saves in quick succession in the 4th minute before grabbing the lead a minute later when a long ball from Taylor saw Dunbar's top marksman, Sam Young, nip in between defence and keeper to score.

 

The Berts had a strong shout for a penalty in the 14th minute when a corner from the left was headed goalbound by Andy Barratt and seemed to strike the arm of defender Kevin Carter standing on the line but the official waved away the Berts protests.

 

While the Berts could consider themselves unlucky from that, they could perhaps consider themselves fortune with a robust looking tackle from James Davies in the 18th minute.

 

In the 27th minute the Berts were awarded a free kick on the edge of the Seasiders penalty area after Steven Page was brought down. Vice-captain Darren Seath's effort couldn't quite find the target as it flew past the near post.

 

Action quickly swung to the other end when the Dunbar keeper's long, wind assisted, punt upfield beat Thomas Hush for Gary McCormack to head goalwards but his header lacked enough power to trouble Wilson in the Berts goal.

 

The Berts were forced into a change in the 34th minute when Page had to leave the field, giving a debut to Gregor Colquhoun just back on Thursday from a spell in America. The Berts substitute was quickly in the thick of the action when he was put through by Brett McGuire on the right hand side. Colquhoun elected to try to cut the ball back which was pounced on by keeper Wood when perhaps a shot at goal may have been more rewarding.

 

In the 41st minute McGuire was adjudged to have committed a foul on the edge of the Berts box and Shaun Hill's free kick was excellently tipped over the bar by the diving Wilson. There was still a chance for the Berts on the stroke of half time when Seath knocked a ball forward for Colquhoun who let fly with a shot from the edge of the box which was beaten out by Wood.

 

In the 47th minute Seath did some more good work on the left, before cutting back and firing a shot that was comfortably held by Wood. A minute later Wood was caught in no-man's land from Stevie Brown's corner which fell to Hush at the far post running in. The Berts defender couldn't manage to keep his shot down on the volley, though.

 

The Berts were starting to press more and more now with the wind at their backs and in the 54th minute, good work by the Berts trialist at right back saw his run and cross from the byline strike the foot of a Dunbar defender to deflect beyond the far post for a corner.

 

Dunbar created a rare second half chance in the 71st minute when Young beat keeper Wilson to a through ball, as he then broke free from the keeper his shot was cleared in front of goal by the excellently tracking back from Andy Barratt.

 

A minute later and it was the impressive Conor Schiavonne's chance to have a powerful effort at goal from range that flew just over the bar with Wood rooted to the spot.

 

In the 78th minute a long-range Berts free-kick midway in the Dunbar half saw Barratt's effort strike the wall before rolling onto Stevie 'Salmon' Brown on the right hand side. Salmon did everything right and looked on in his disbelief as the ball beat the keeper, hit the top inside right of the post before flying across the face of goal and spinning out for a goal kick.

 

The equaliser did deservedly come in the 80th minute when a long goal kick by Wilson was latched onto by the hard-working Seath and he made absolutely no mistake by smashing home a shot from 10 yards out. It was a well-taken goal by Seath who has been excellent this season so far and has been an example for his team-mates to follow.

 

The Berts number 9 wasn't finished there and in the closing moments came close with two further efforts. Firstly, he robbed keeper Wood and tried to score from an acute angle and then forced Wood into a great save in the closing seconds.

 

In many respects, the Berts will be frustrated to come away with only a point from this game as they certainly had the chances to claim all three. But on the flip side, the Berts remain unbeaten and the seeds of confidence and stability will have raised a few more notches upwards too.

 

BERTS: 13 L Wilson, 2 Trialist A, 3 S Brown, 4 Barratt, 5 Hush, 6 Davies (sub: Grubb 83 mins), 7 McGuire, 8 Brown, 9 Seath, 10 Page (sub: Colquhoun 34 mins), 11 Schiavone. Subs: 12 McIntosh, 14 Colquhoun, 15 Grubb, 16 Trialist B.

Goal(s): Seath 80 mins

Booking(s): Trialist, S Brown, Davies, Schiavone.

Man of the Match (Sponsored by The Old Ship Inn): Conor Schiavone.

 

DUNBAR: 1 Wood, 2 Cowan, 3 Thomson, 4 Taylor, 5 Wilson, 6 Carter, 7 McFarlane, 8 Hill, 9 Young, 10 McCormack, 11 Gatt. Subs: 12 Twaddle, 14 Ferguson, 15 Burstow, 16 Glynn.

Goal(s): Young 5 mins.

 

Berts go Glasgow-bound in the Cup...

Posted: Wednesday 27th August 2014, 9:30pm

 

The Berts head to Glasgow again in the 1st Round of the Scottish Junior Cup on Saturday 27th September 2014 as the club have been drawn away to St. Roch's at James McGrory Park, in the Provanmill area of Glasgow.

 

St. Roch's are nicknamed "The Candy" and their ground is named after the legendary James 'Jimmy' McGrory, who is the British all-time goalscorer in the top flight with 550 goals and played for Celtic and Clydebank after leaving St. Roch's in 1922.

 

They play in the West Region Central District Second Division, with their League season yet to start as they are currently competing in the League Cup, where they are currently 4th (out of 5 teams) in their group, which contains Thorniewood United, Petershill, Bellshill Athletic and Shettleston. Their last game saw them win 2-1 over Thorniewood, who lead the table, but they've also lost 10-2 to Bellshill.

 

The ground is located on Royston Road.

 

Further details and travel arrangements will be announced shortly...

 

Stoneyburn Juniors 2 Berts 3...

Posted: Saturday 23rd August 2014, 10:30pm

 

The Berts continued their unbeaten start to the new season with a hard-working, but deserved victory at Beechwood Park.

 

The game got off to a slightly dubious start when a well-timed tackle was deemed to be a back-pass by the referee and Stoneyburn found themselves with a free kick deep inside the Berts penalty area in the 5th minute, but could not convert.

 

In the 11th minute good work by Conor Schiavone near the half way line saw the winger cut inside to beat his man and send over a deep ball into the box, which was knocked down by Darren Seath and Brett McGuire saw his shot saved by the Stoneyburn keeper Holliday.

 

A couple of minutes later Berts hearts were in their mouths when a sliced clearance when curling away and Andy Barratt couldn't get enough power on the ball to head back to Lee Wilson in goal and instead the Stoneyburn no.9 latched onto it but couldn't find a way past Wilson.

 

The Berts took the lead in the 19th minute in spectacular fashion when full-back Brown's free kick from the half way line caught the home keeper scurrying back to claw the ball away from the top corner, but McGuire was alive to the chance and was following up to stab home the rebound from close range.

 

The lead didn't last much more than a minute when the Stoneyburn no.10 turned and unleashed a spectacular effort from 25 yards that flew past Wilson for a great finish and the equaliser.

 

Stoneyburn took the lead in the 33rd minute when Barratt was deemed to have committed a foul on the edge of the Berts box and no.10 was on hand again to fire the free kick home with another very good finish.

 

There was a drama in the 36th minute when Thomas Hush was harshly booked for a foul when going for an aerial ball. This frustrated Berts manager Craig Ness and he was promptly dismissed from the dug out for expressing his opinions to the official.

 

McGuire nearly got the Berts back on level terms just before half time, but he got under Brown's free kick from the left a little too much and was unable to keep his header down enough to trouble the Stoneyburn keeper. At the other end, Stoneyburn's no.10 missed the chance to complete his hat-trick when his header also looped over the crossbar.

 

Lochgelly were on level terms, however, in the 47th minute when Seath was put through and he showed the power and determination to hold off a defensive challenge as he ran on to fire home an unstoppable shot from the edge of the area for 2-2.

 

In the 56th minute, 'Salmon' couldn't get his effort on target after good work from left back Brown who set Seath through, who held up the ball just inside the home penalty area to then lay off the chance for Salmon.

 

Two minutes later, influential left back Brown cut a cross back at the byline for Seath who couldn't quite connect but the ball fell to McGuire from 8 yards who was thwarted by another excellent save from Holliday.

 

The Berts were having a good sustained period of pressure and it was Michael Perrie's turn to go close when Seath beat the offside trap and laid the ball off to the onrushing Perrie, but the Berts man's effort went just over the bar.

 

Two quick chances came to the home side, but neither overly troubled Berts keeper Wilson before play switched up the other end with Seath and McGuire both unable to convert their spectacular efforts from Salmon's cross.

 

Then it was Holliday's turn to show the heroics again when he excellently kept out Salmon this time, after a quick throw in from Ryan O'Connor saw a cross come over to the Berts veteran.

 

Still Stoneyburn weren't giving up and the no.10 had another chance to beat Wilson from a free kick, but the Berts keeper had the better of him as he palmed the shot away. A minute later Wilson was beaten when no.7 turned and unleashed a spectacular effort from distance that rattled the bar, bounced down and out. It would probably have needed the "Goal Ref" to adjust that one but the official wasn't convinved and nothing was given.

 

That near miss was to turn out to haunt the home side as the Berts netted the winner in the 84th minute when good work from Lewis Grierson, Salmon and Trialist C saw the ball played into the left hand side of the Stoneyburn box for Perrie to smash home the winner.

 

Overall it was a good, solid performance for the Berts and a deserved win against a stubborn, hard-working and unlucky Stoneyburn side.

 

BERTS: 13 Wilson, 2 Grierson, 3 S Brown, 4 Hush, 5 Barratt, 6 Brown (Salmon), 7 O'Connor (sub: Trialist C 78 mins), 8 Perrie, 9 Seath (sub: Triailst B 90 mins), 10 McGuire, 11 Schiavone (sub: Trialist D 48 mins). Subs: 12 McIntosh, 14 Trialist A, 15 Trialiist B, 16 Triailist C, 17 Triailist D.

Goal(s): McGuire 19 mins, Seath 47 mins, Perrie 84 mins.

Booking(s): Wilson, S Brown, Hush, Barratt, Perrie.

 

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BERTS

vs.

WEST CALDER UNITED

 

East of Scotland Cup
1st Round


Saturday 6th

September 2014

@ Gardiners Park


Kick off: 2.30pm


 

 

South League Table 2014/15

as at games played 30/08/14

 

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Pts
GD
 Haddington Athletic  
15 
15 
 Rosyth  
13 
 Dunbar United  
13 
 Tranent Juniors  
10 
 Blackburn United  
9 
 BERTS  
 West Calder United  
6 
 Whitburn Juniors  
6 
 Harthill Royal  
4 
-6 
 Stoneyburn Juniors  
3 
-3 
 Falkirk JFC  
3 
-5 
 Pumpherston Juniors  
2 
-9 
 Crossgates Primrose  
2 
-12 
 Livingston United  
1 
-11 
 

 

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