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Berts 0 Falkirk JFC 1...

Posted: Sunday 21st September 2014, 7:00pm


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Whitburn Juniors 3 Berts 1...

Posted: Monday 15th September 2014, 12:45am


THE Berts unbeaten start to the season came to an abrupt end at the 7th attempt with a lacklustre display on the plastic of Whitburn Academy against a side that started slowly but grew in strength as the game progressed in front of their new manager Tom Hendrie.


The first chance of the game, though, fell to the home side when the Berts had to block two efforts in succession.


But it was the Berts who stole first blood when a long ball forward to Darren Seath, who in turn laid the ball off to Conor Schiavone. As he twisted and turned outside the box, he was able to get a shot away that left home keeper Allan flat-footed as the effort whistled into the bottom corner of the goal.


The Berts had further chances to increase their lead in the 16th and 18th minutes when Brett McGuire had two good chances. First he beat onrushing keeper Allan to the ball, but was unable to maintain control after stretching and the danger for Whitburn was averted. Then good work by Schiavone and Michael Perrie saw the latter beat his man and his cross from the bye-line saw McGuire nip in between defender and keeper to flick an effort into the side netting.


In the 30th minute play switched to the other end when good play on the right saw the ball cut back to O'Donnell whose shot went wide of the near post. Seven minutes later a ball into the Berts box caused a moment of panic with Perrie not getting enough on the ball and his clearance sliced away for a corner.


The home side had a penalty appeal turned down when Rushford and Brass collided with the Berts keeper clearing, but photographic evidence showed the Whitburn's mans foot getting caught behind Rushford's forcing both to fall.


In the 41st minute Perrie then had a good shot on goal palmed away by keeper Allan for a corner.


The home side came out stronger in the second half and nearly got the equaliser in the 50th minute when Thomas Hush's back header wasn't strong enough and Taylor latched on but Rushford was out quickly to block.


The Berts had a good chance to build a cushion when Seath beat the offside trap and ran in on goal, but the captain of the day tried lofting a shot over a keeper which cleared the bar when a powerful shot at goal may have been more beneficial.


The equaliser duly came in the 60th minute when Rushford and Whitburn's number 8, Russell, collided going for the ball and it fell loose to Bain who fired home into the empty net. Rushford was badly injured in the incident and required two spells of lengthy treatment to complete the game.


Whitburn sensed the Berts were there for the kill and only two good blocks by Lewis Grierson and Andy Barratt prevented a second goal in the 64th minute, but the inevitable came in the 66th minute when a Brass cross from the right was met by Taylor to loop an effort in at the near post.


Home sub Lee Brown then made an immediate impact when his first touch took the ball the ball past the Berts defence and his second was to fire home a well taken goal for 3-1.


In the 81st minute a long ball forward by Rushford was flicked on by Seath for Perrie to see his cut back hacked away from goal 2-3 yards out.


In the 85th minute a rasping shot from Schiavone was palmed over by keeper Allan and then Allan made a comfortable save from a long-range shot from substitute Blair Grubb in the 89th minute.


Deep in stoppage time, due to the injury to Rushford, a deep cross from the right into the Whitburn box was met on the volley by Seath but was pushed out by Allan in the last touch of the game.


A disappointing end to an unbeaten start to the season on an unforgiving plastic pitch that took its toll on the Berts players, but Whitburn was deserved winners.


WHITBURN: 1 Allan, 2 Hamilton, 3 McQueenie, 4 Graham, 5 Skinner (sub: Dunn 87 mins), 6 O'Donnell, 7 Walton, 8 Russell (sub: Watson 78 mins), 9 Brass, 10 Taylor (sub: Brown 69 mins), 11 Bain. Subs not used: MacDonald, Trialist.

Goal(s): Bain 60 mins, Taylor 66 mins, Brown 70 mins.


BERTS: 13 Rushford, 2 Grierson, 3 S Brown, 4 Colquhoun (sub: Page 78 mins), 5 Barratt, 6 Hush, 7 McGuire (sub: A Wilson 69 mins), 8 Brown, 9 Seath, 10 Schiavone (sub: Grubb 86 mins), 11 Perrie. Subs: 12 Len Wilson, 14 A Wilson, 15 Davies, 16 Page, 17 Grubb.

Goal(s): Schiavone 5 mins

Booking(s): None.


O'Connor Transfer Listed...

Posted: Monday 15th September 2014, 12:45am


Ryan O'Connor

The Berts have placed defender/midfielder Ryan O'Connor on the transfer list.


Please direct all enquiries to Jock Kinnell on 07568 505304.


Rory released...

Posted: Saturday 13th September 2014, 12:45am


Rory Harrower

The Berts have announced that defender Rory Harrower has been released from his contract.


Rory joined us last season and managed 8 appearances, scoring 1 goal. Unfortunately work commitments have prevented Rory adding to this tally.


We thank Rory for all his contributions and wish him every success for the future.


Berts 2 West Calder United 0...

Posted: Sunday 7th September 2014, 6:00pm


The Berts threw off the 'Draw Specialists' tag, whilst continuing their unbeaten start to the season with a well-deserved victory over West Calder in the East of Scotland Cup at Gardiners Park.


Lochgelly donned their new all-red Adidas away kit for this game in promotion to the new away kit sponsorship deal with Diamond Fitness, and Tam Harrower from Diamond Fitness was in attendance to witness a fine performance from the Berts.


In the 14th minute the Berts got off to a good start when Brett McGuire beat 'Caulther' keeper Hamilton to the ball and flicked the ball past him before being taken down by Hamilton. The penalty was awarded, and the keeper correctly shown the yellow card with defenders back denying a clear-cut scoring opportunity.


'Salmon' was ever-reliable from the spot, taking over again from recently departed Andy Watt, sending Hamilton the wrong way for 1-0.


Four minutes later, a strong tackle from James Davies won possession for the Berts in the centre circle before the ball was played wide right to Salmon. His deep cross found Michael Perrie unmarked at the far post, but the Berts no.11 was unable to keep his header down to trouble Hamilton.


West Calder came close twice in the space of a minute in the 25th minute when Thomas Hush was dispossess on the sideline before a cross was cut back for Aitken, stretching backwards, managed to hook a shot which was well saved by Lee Wilson before being put out for a corner.


From the resultant corner, Davies header back towards goal was hacked off the line by Lewis Grierson before a follow-up cross was collected by Wilson.


In the 38th minute, it was Grierson's turn to be robbed of possession before a cross from Lawrence Brown was knocked home by a West Calder striker. Fortunately for the Berts, the visiting striker was deemed to be in an offside position.


Play quickly switched to the other end and Salmon weaved his way on the edge of the West Calder penalty area before firing a powerful low drive that went just past the far post.


In the 59th minute a long range shot from Stevie Brown was slightly mis-hit but enabled McGuire to get a foot out but the Berts striker was unable to get enough on it to divert it goalwards.


The Berts extended their lead in the 62nd minute when a long kick forward by Wilson again posed the visitors problems with the ball beating a defender as it bounced into the penalty area for Perrie to catch it sweetly and smash home a left foot volley into the top corner. It was a superb finish and was reminisent of his effort on his Berts debut on the opening day of last season against Rosyth.


West Calder weren't giving up just yet and in the 70th minute a corner on the right saw Scullion rise highest to head goalwards but his header clipped the outside of the post and out for a goal kick.


The Berts were awarded a free kick on the outskirts of the visitors penalty area after Salmon was fouled, but Seath's low effort trickled wide of the far post.


The away team made their task even harder when a crunching tackle from Fyffe on Berts sub Lewis McIntosh saw the Berts man stretchered off, whilst Fyffe was to leave the pitch courtesy of a straight red card for the tackle.


Chances still fell to both sides with Ross having a tame overhead kick effort comfortably saved by Wilson, whilst Seath tried a clever chip over Hamilton, but the West Calder no.1 was more than a match for the effort. From the resultant corner, McGuire rose unmarked and headed down but the ball bounced up and over the crossbar.


In the closing moments, Blair Grubb had a strong low shot from the edge of the area saved by Hamilton and Hush headed over a Perrie corner, whilst McLaughlin wasted two good chances for the visitors shooting high over the bar on both occasions.


On the balance of play it was a deserved win for the Berts with good performances all round. McGuire, in particular for me, worked his socks off with an excellent performance. Salmon worked hard and added steel to the Berts either playing up front or in the midfield. Schiavone continues to shine, while Davies gave a commanding captain's performance in the middle of the park. While at the back, keeper Wilson gave another assured display and his distribution was excellent, Brown gave an experienced and disciplined performance at left back, whilst Barratt and Grierson were, again solid, with the Man of the Match award (chosen by Berts fan Ian Patrick) being given to Thomas Hush for another fine display.


BERTS: 13 Wilson, 2 Grierson, 3 S Brown, 4 Barratt, 5 Hush, 6 Davies (sub: McIntosh 60 mins, sub: Grubb 76 mins), 7 Brown, 8 Colquhoun, 9 McGuire, 10 Schiavone (sub: Seath 65 mins), 11 Perrie. Subs: 12 Seath, 14 McIntosh, 15 Grubb, 16 Lawson.

Goal(s): Brown (pen) 14 mins, Perrie 62 mins.

Booking(s): None.


WEST CALDER: 1 Hamilton, 2 Ross, 3 L Brown, 4 Aitken, 5 Scullion, 6 R Sneddon, 7 Cunningham, 8 Fyffe, 9 A Brown, 10 McLaughlin, 11 G Sneddon. Subs: 21 McQuillan (GK), 12 Carson, 14 Fox, 15 Fleming, 16 Paton.

Dismissal: Fyffe 76 mins.


Referee: Keith Maskell.


Duncan Listed...

Posted: Sunday 7th September 2014, 6:00pm


Paul Duncan

The Berts have placed midfielder Paul Duncan on the transfer list.


Please direct all enquiries to Jock Kinnell on 07568 505304.


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