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Berts 4 Haddington Athletic 1...

Posted: Saturday 18th October 2014, 10:00pm


The Berts turned on the style, showed their true bottle and made their opponents pay for their mistakes. It's not often you can say all of those about one particular Lochgelly Albert game, but all of them points applied with an excellent and hard-working performance against the League leaders Haddington Athletic on Saturday.


There were many positives carried over from the previous Saturday's 2-2 draw at promotion hopefuls Blackburn United, but the Berts went one step better by handing out a result that the club had always been capable of dishing out.


In fairness to Haddington, whilst they'll probably readily admit that it was a "bad day at the office", they threw everything (including the kitchen sink) at the Berts - which made the result even more pleasing. As the visitors pushed more and more forward, the Berts were able to pick them off at the back each time.


In the 6th minute Ponton had the first chance of the game for Haddington with a smart turn and shot from the edge of the area which just flew over the bar.


The Berts were forced into an early change in the 11th minute of the game when Stevie Brown went down holding his foot. It was clear he was unable to continue and he was helped from the field to be replaced by youngster Mikey Lawson.


Lawson got straight into the thick of the action after receiving a pass from Michael Perrie on the right and cutting back with a cross over which Perrie was on the receiving end to knock off towards the far post. Darren Seath tried to turn and get a shot away at the far post but Polowyj and Berry were on hand to clear the danger.


The Berts took the lead in the 17th minute with a well-worked move. Brown (Salmon) picked up the ball in the centre circle and changed direction of play by sending Lawson away down the right. In turn the Berts sub laid the ball forward to Seath who cut a low cross from the bye-line for Perrie to turn and rifle a powerful shot home into the bottom left-hand corner of the net.


In the 20th minute a good move from Haddington ended with a brief scramble inside the Berts six-yard box before a shot forced Lee Wilson to tip the ball round the far post for a corner.


Wilson continued his recent fine form in the 32nd minute when a deep corner from Tansey was met by the head of Motion and the Berts keeper tipped the effort around the post for another corner.


In the 37th minute it was 2-0. A ball was pushed forward to Seath who had sprung the Haddington offside trap. Perhaps fortunately, the wind held the ball up and thus the Berts no.9 was able to beat the onrushing Polowyj to the ball and rounded him outside the penalty area and ran on to fire into an empty net from 18 yards out.


A minute later and the Hi-Hi stepped up the pressure in an attempt to get back into a game with a good passage of play on the right saw Berry's cross cleared on the edge of the area by Lawson and the ball ran onto Slight to fire a long range shot that Wilson was again equal to and the Berts keeper pushed the ball away for a corner.


In the 40th minute Haddington played a quick crossfield ball from left to right to Berry. The visiting full-back floated over a deep cross to the far post for McMillan but his header went wide of the post. Minutes later Berry had an effort himself following a driving run but it was straight into the arms of Wilson.


In first half stoppage time the Berts built up a three-goal lead following more positive work by the hard-working sub Lawson who cut back a cross to Seath to fire a shot under the body of Polowyj from about 8 yards out.


While the Berts hadn't had many opportunities in the opening 45 minutes, they had made them count in clinical fashion. The Berts were to have the wind at their backs in the second period, but an onslaught was still to be expected from the league leaders.


In the 55th minute a dangerous cross from Tansey towards the near post saw Lewis Grierson dive in ahead of a forward to knock the ball behind for a corner.


A minute later and a quick ball forward by Gallagher found Murray who turned quickly and got his shot away, but Wilson was a match for the effort with a save from close range.


In the 65th minute a misplaced corner by Tansey had Wilson scrambling to the near post to fist away the danger under pressure from an onrushing forward.


In the 70th minute play switched to the other end following a corner on the right hand side by Perrie which saw the now-customary Darren Seath overhead kick attempt at goal. Give Seath his credit, his effort was not far off target.


Two minutes later it was the turn of the Haddington sub, Wright, to jinx towards the Berts goal and unleash a shot that took a deflection and went over the bar.


The Berts were now beginning to defend deeper and deeper leaving Seath exposed up front. So when a ball was knocked forward the Berts man had little option but to hold onto the ball before beating Porteous and playing a ball across to Lawson. With the Berts not pushing too many numbers forward at this stage, Lawson's cross back towards Seath was headed behind for a corner.


It was to be Seath's last involvement in the game as he had been struggling with a knock to his knee in the first half, but he had maintained his recent run of form with 6 goals in 4 games and he was replaced by the energetic Paul Hindley.


The Berts sub wasted no time at all in applying his fresh legs chasing a ball forward. For some reason the Haddington defender slipped and Hindley was able to run onto the ball with Polowyj again forced to run out from his goal. Hindley got it first and beat the visiting keeper and firing into the empty net from the left-hand side of the penalty area to put the final nail in the Haddington coffin.


But the visitors were not quite finished and managed to net a consolation goal in the 83rd minute when a deep cross from the left by Tansey deceived Wilson before coming back off the far post, hitting the keeper and going into the net.


In the 88th minute the visitors missed a gilt-edged chance to get a second goal back from another cross from Tansey was met by an unmarked McMillan on the edge of the six-yard box but his header went over the bar.


It was a gritty, hard-working and battling performance from the Berts and the full time whistle was greeted with loud cheers from the happy Gardiners Park faithful. Across the field there were fine performances. At the back debutant Fraser Sutherland (on loan from Berwick Rangers) and Thomas Hush were solid, Wilson put in his usual excellent performance in goal. Salmon battled hard in midfield


BERTS: 1 Wilson, 2 Grierson, 3 S Brown (sub: Lawson 11 mins), 4 Sutherland, 5 Hush, 6 Brown, 7 McGuire, 8 Schiavone, 9 Seath (sub: Hindley 79 mins), 10 Page, 11 Perrie. Subs: 12 Grubb, 13 Rushford (GK), 14 Hindley, 15 Lawson.

Goal(s): Perrie 17 mins, Seath 37 mins, Seath 45+2 mins, Hindley 81 mins

Bookings: Page, Seath.

Man of the Match (Sponsored by the Old Ship Inn): 6 Stevie 'Salmon' Brown.


HADDINGTON: 1 Polowyj, 2 Berry, 3 Wojtowycz, 4 Gallagher, 5 Motion, 6 Slight, 7 Ferguson, 8 Ponton, 9 McMillan, 10 Murray, 11 Tansey. Subs: 12 Wright, 14 Wood, 15 Smith, 16 Gray, 17 Porteous.

Goal(s): Own goal 83 mins.

Bookings: (Unknown).


Blackburn United 2 Berts 2...

Posted: Sunday 12th October 2014, 2:30pm


The Berts returned to show what they are capable of with a battling and spirited performance right to the end of a match against Blackburn United at the Dem-Master Community Stadium.


Lochgelly were looking to reverse a bad run of results, but the visitors got off to the perfect start inside the opening four minutes when Darren Seath was given the opportunity to crash home a powerful shot into the roof of the net off the crossbar to take the lead.


The hosts were slow to start and had their first serious opportunity in the 25th minute when McQuillan slid a ball through for Campbell, but the Berts keeper Lee Wilson was equal to it blocking the effort at close range.


Five minutes later a good passage of play from the Berts following a corner saw the ball pass across the Blackburn penalty area before a cross from the right saw Brett McGuire rise highest to loop a header towards the far post. With the keeper well beaten, sadly it also just beat the far post and went wide for a goal kick. But the Berts were certainly making a statement of intent.


Blackburn managed to equalise in the 34th minute with the Berts temporarily down to 10 men with Andy Barratt off the field receiving treatment after being on the end of a bad tackle from Gary Smith, who was booked. It was an injury that would see Barratt's participation to to the game ended early minutes later.


It was the perpetrator of the foul, Smith, who was the villain when he managed to poke an effort through a crowd of bodies on the left hand side to equalise when he could have equally been off the field taking an early bath. The injured Barratt left the field in the 39th minute to be replaced by Thomas Hush.


In the 53rd minute a good one-two between Conor Schiavone and Gregor Colquhoun saw the former beat the defender to the return ball to cut back a cross from deep inside the Blackburn area for Michael Perrie to pull his shot wide of the far post with a defender threatening to block the shot.


In the 56th minute a charging run from Seath from the centre circle saw the Berts no.9 play the ball left to Perrie with Stevie Brown and Seath flooding the Blackburn area. Perrie elected to shoot with the momentum and his shot fired into the side netting, with 'Salmon' free at the far post.


The game was starting to turn heated with the home crowd seemingly rather displeased with the referee and his denial of a handball shout, but the official succumbed to the pressure when he awarded Blackburn a penalty when a shot was fired directly at James Davies who could do nothing as the ball smacked against his hand. Campbell duly dispatched the penalty home to appease the home support.


This goal seemed to spring the game into life with both sides giving a battling account of themselves, whilst Schiavone let his frustrations get the better of him as he slammed the ball down in protest at a decision given against him and was given a yellow card.


But the Berts kept battling away and piling the pressure on the home defence. Perrie came close in the 74th minute after a suicidal back pass put Seath through who cut back, but the home keeper was out quickly enough to beat Perrie to the ball.


Two minutes later and a great long crossfield ball by Brown to Seath on the left saw the Berts man cut in and fire a shot at goal that was against saved by Wightman in the home goal.


With time running out, the Berts were piling more and more forward and in the 87th minute a determined run down the right flank by Steven Page saw his deep cross in front of goal just evade the jump of Brett McGuire.


The equaliser deservedly came in the 89th minute when Perrie worked well on the left hand side and sent a pass across the Blackburn area for Seath, unmarked, to bury in style for 2-2. It was no more than the Berts deserved and the emotion of the Berts players said it all.


The game still had a couple of moments of excitement with both sides having great opportunities to snatch a winner. In the 91st minute a ball into the Blackburn area fell to Berts sub Mikey Lawson who turned and got away a low shot straight into the body of Wightman.


Whilst at the other end Lewis Grierson capped a fine display with an excellent headed goal-line clearance.


BLACKBURN: 1 Wightman, 2 Meekison, 3 Hamill, 4 Brown, 5 Cooper, 6 Spence, 7 Smith, 8 Williamson, 9 McQuillan, 10 Campbell, 11 Lurinsky (T). Subs: 12 Simpson, 14 Allison, 15 Duncan, 16 Summerville, 17 Brady.

Goal(s): Smith 34 mins, Campbell (pen) 69 mins.

Booking(s): ? Unknown ?


BERTS: 13 Lee Wilson, 2 Colquhoun, 3 Grierson, 4 Barratt (sub: Hush 39 mins), 5 Davies, 6 Brown, 7 McGuire (sub: Grubb 90+4 mins), 8 Schiavone (sub: Lawson 76 mins), 9 Seath, 10 Page, 11 Perrie. Subs: 12 Lawson, 14 S Brown, 15 Grubb, 16 Hush, 17 McIntosh.

Goal(s): Seath 4 mins, Seath 89 mins.

Booking(s): Schiavone, Seath, Page, Hush.


Berts 0 Bathgate Thistle 3...

Posted: Sunday 5th October 2014, 1:15am


The Berts exited their second Cup competition in consecutive weeks when they were comfortably beaten by Premier League Bathgate Thistle at Gardiners Park. The visitors didn't really need to go anywhere near fifth gear with two goals in the opening ten minutes to put the game out of reach.


The first goal came in the 8th minute when the ball came loose on the edge of the Berts penalty area before falling to Andrew Malone to arrow an excellent shot in off the post, via the outstretched hand of keeper Lee Wilson.


Two minutes later Mark Aitken went close for the visitors with a header flicked on that was well saved by Wilson. From the result corner the Berts couldn't clear the danger and the ball fell for Declan Brady to turn at the far post and fire a powerful shot through a crowd of bodies and into the net for 2-0.


There appeared little sign of the Berts being able to come back from that and Bathgate continued to pressure. In the 18th minute a long ball forward by keeper Brett Long went to Richard Hutton on the right, who in turn crossed for Martin Jack who headed wide of the far post.


The Berts first opportunity fell in the 30th minute following a corner from the left that was cleared, but not far enough as a cross was sent over again from the left which beat the last defender and found both Thomas Hush and Andy Barratt unmarked at the back post. The ball fell to Hush who probably couldn't believe the time he had, but his low shot was blocked from close range by Long.


In the 36th minute a charging run by Michael Perrie on the left saw the Berts man then run diagonally towards the Bathgate area. Perrie managed to turn and had left himself a little too much to do himself and his shot lacked enough power to seriously trouble Long, but it was a determined effort from the Berts man.


On the stroke of half time Bathgate nearly made it three when a corner from the left was flicked on at the near post by Malone for Aitken at the back post, but the Thistle no.9 couldn't keep his effort on target.


In the 54th minute a Bathgate corner caused more danger for the Berts when the ball came out to Malone whose shot took a deflection before going out for a corner. A minute later a throw deep into the Berts box fell to Jack who turned inside the six-yard box but Wilson was again equal to it with a good save.


On 60 minutes Jack beat the offside trap and was through on goal, but thankfully for the Berts Lewis Grierson got back to clear the danger.


Number three eventually came in the 62nd minute when Perrie lost possession on the touchline and the Bathgate forward went on a charging run down the right wing before his low cross presented Aitken with a chance from close range that he couldn't miss as he side-footed past Wilson.


The Berts were still creating some chances and in the 66th minute good play by 'Salmon' saw him play the ball forward to Brett McGuire, who turned and laid off a chance for Perrie which was saved by Long.


Two minutes later a deep ball from the left into the Bathgate penalty area found substitute Conor Schiavone who held off a defender as he turned to fire a shot from close range that Long did excellently to block.


Then on 70 minutes Andy Barratt produced his trademark thunderbolt free-kick from distance that was excellently tipped behind by Long.


With time running out, McGuire put through Perrie but Long rushing out from his goal managed to save Perrie's effort with his feet.


BERTS: 13 Lee Wilson, 2 Len Wilson (sub: McIntosh 52 mins), 3 Grierson, 4 Barratt, 5 Hush, 6 Brown, 7 Grubb (sub: Schiavone H/T), 8 Colquhoun, 9 Lawson (sub: Hindley 80 mins), 10 McGuire, 11 Perrie. Subs: 12 Page, 14 Schiavone, 15 McIntosh, 16 Hindley.

Booking(s): Grierson, Barratt, Hush and McGuire.

Man of the Match (Sponsored by the Old Ship Inn): Lee Wilson.


BATHGATE: 1 Long, 2 Wilson, 3 McNeill, 4 Watson, 5 Brady, 6 Baird, 7 Hutton, 8 Malone, 9 Aitken, 10 Jack, 11 Easton. Subs: 12 Murphy, 14 Wales, 15 McCormack, 16 Healy, 22 Shaw (GK).


Referee: Jordan Curran.




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