BO’NESS failed to score for the first time since January and Max Christie had just been saying he is taking nothing for granted in a strong league.

The deadlock was broken after just seven minutes when a howler in defence when a pass back to Andy Murphy was easily intercepted up by Campbell who must have thought his Christmas had come early.

Bo’ness 0 Blackburn 1

BU’s looked to have a chance to get back into this when a strong appeal for a penalty was waved away.

Blackburn went close midway through the first period but for a sliced clearance and could have saved the blushes in the back row.

Bo’ness were having a good spell and a few half-hearted attempts with Tom Grant having the best when a header went over the bar. This was shortly followed by the Assistant raised his flag for offside.

As the interval was approaching Bo’ness were still trying to get that equaliser and a couple of free-kicks just outside the visitor’s box but the defence stood strong and no one from the BU could manage a half chance.

HT: Bo’ness 0 Blackburn 1

Bo’ness knew what had to be done but it was Blackburn coming out the traps fast and almost doubled the lead except for a good tackle from Stuart Hunter.

Brian Ritchie went close for the BU but managed to send it over the open goal.  Murphy saved the home side from going two down with a fine save.

Hunter was in action again but a clear header sailed over the crossbar. Bo’ness were getting nearer the equaliser but the visiting keeper was on hand to save.  Blackburn were looking calm as the BU tried and tried again but just couldn’t get that ball over the line.

With a rare attack from the visitors were awarded a free-kick just outside the box but the wall stood firm and blocked the attempted.

Bo’ness were now clock watching as the time was running out as Ritchie was open but the ball failed to reach him. Brian Morgan the master of free-kicks and corners sent the ball in but was cleared only for Stevenson to make the keeper have a great save and calmed the playdown.

With time running out the BU were awarded a penalty and up stepped Stevenson who saw his attempt crash off the post. This had almost ended any chance of the BU salvaging a point and lead to a first home defeat since BSC Glasgow (Lowland) won in extra time and many will say it was a neutral venue as Newtown was being transformed. You have to scroll back to 3rd November 2018 when a match was lost to Bonnyrigg now in the Lowland League.

All the best to Blackburn for the rest of the season and we will meet again in a few weeks.

FT: Bo’ness United 0 Blackburn United 1

Syme on Jacobs off
Keast off Henderson on
Morgan on McKenzie off



Date Time League Season
November 16, 2019 2:30 pm East of Scotland Premier League 2019/20



Bo’ness United

Andrew Murphy Goalkeeper
Devon Jacobs Defender
Stuart Hunter Defender
Ryan Stevenson Midfielder
Ross Campbell Defender
Craig Comrie Midfielder
Michael Gemmell Midfielder
Tom Grant Midfielder
Mark McKenzie Forward
Fraser Keast Midfielder
Brian Ritchie Forward
Craig Henderson Forward
Iain Syme Defender
Brian Morgan Midfielder
Will Snowdon Defender
Ryan Adamson Goalkeeper
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