East of Scotland Premier League
Newtown Park, Bo’ness
7th December

Camelon came to Newtown and as some call NU TOON and the Fortress. All for a crazy match against Blackburn a few weeks ago and The Mariners came looking for the same result.

Gordon Herd the Mariners gaffer is no stranger to Bo’ness and has his fans and those who rib him for moving the Dark Side and Linlithgow where he won every junior honour going. He is now in charge and his young squad have been reaping the rewards and sitting just four points below the BU.

Bo’ness opened up like a greyhound out the tramps and were soon making the visiting defence work.  First was Stuart Hunter with a header that was goal bound only for a defender to blast it clear.

Camelon were well under attack and the defence standing tall to the on slot United were well in control but the early pressure was failing to see a goal and we have been down that road on many occasion before Max Christie came in and turned them into a machine as that Blackburn match was the only defeat since last January. And who was the gaffer of Tranent that day, none other than Max Christie.

Back to the match and when United got the ball in the goal area it was cleared but again the visiting defence was under pressure again as each time the ball landed at the feet of a Bo’ness player.

The home side were looking good and the support under shelter shouting for a goal that didn’t seem to happen with clearance after clearance and the BU should be in front.  The confidence was great, the home side had a littler defending to do as the visitors tried to use their own great forum.

Almost on half time, the first goal came as Ryan Stevenson sent the ball into the top corner and see the BU sitting seven points in front if it stays this way.

Bo’ness could have had the match put to bed before half-time but only had the one goal to show for it.

HT: Bo’ness 1 Camelon 0

Camelon opened up as the BU had done in the first half and scored to level the game in the opening minute.

Bo’ness 1 Camelon 1

Bo’ness were having another good run and a through ball between Michael Gemmell, Mark McKenzie only for the flag to be raised for offside.

Fifteen minutes in and the roar went up from the enclosure where most were sheltering when Donnelly restored the lead.

Bo’ness 2 Camelon 1

Forward came The Mariners again looking for that all importing equaliser and Andy Murphy was on hand this time.

Bo’ness looked as if it was them chasing the equaliser as they continued to attack in the final minutes. Once again Camelon broke out and a wild attempt ended going wide. Mark McKenzie looked to have taken a sore one just over the halfway line and was replaced by Will Snowdon in the final minutes. Nothing really happened in the remaining minutes as the BU were looking good and the visitors were looking lost and the match finished 2-1.  United are now seven points clear of Camelon now at the halfway stage and will be hoping to keep it up until the end of the year and into the New Year.  Tuesday will see the BU travel to Bonnyrigg on cup duty in the Football Nations Cup, the match that was called off due to frost.

FT: Bo’ness 2 Camelon 1 

Comrie on Gemmell off.
Nimmo on Morgan off
Snowdon on McKenzie off


Date Time League Season
December 7, 2019 2:30 pm East of Scotland Premier League 2019/20



Bo’ness United

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