Saturday # 15 – a review
We’d another virtually full card across the three Conferences on Saturday past, with the need for the “virtually” only arising late in the day due to unforeseen developments at Eyemouth United, who were unable to fulfil their scheduled Conference B fixture at Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale due to issues surrounding the resignation of their management team. It’s pleasing to hear Eyemouth have quickly appointed a new boss in Gary Cardle, and we wish them well. Here’s a brief overview of events elsewhere in each Conference.
Penicuik Athletic remain top of the table with a 100% record but their 3-1 home win over Hawick Royal Albert was nowhere near as straightforward as the bookies’ 1/50 odds had suggested – nice to see positive comments coming out of the Albert camp on social media with regard to how they feel they’ve come on over the past month. Hill Of Beath Hawthorn having played one game fewer than the Cuikie have also yet to drop a point after posting a solid 3-0 win against Leith Athletic in the capital. Newtongrange Star remain in third following their 3-1 win at Coldstream, while Musselburgh Athletic are the only team in the top four to have lost a Conference fixture thus far (against Penicuik) – they were looking good at half time for a comfortable victory at Arniston Rangers, leading 3-0, but their opponents fought back with two goals after the break to leave ‘Burgh with the slimmest possible margin of victory; Arniston deserve some credit for their efforts after their tanking at Hill Of Beath seven days earlier. The bottom two sides met at Old Shielfield, where new Oakley boss Stewart Kenny enjoyed a winning start as his charges scored twice without reply against Tweedmouth Rangers, while at Whitestone Park proceedings were called to a slightly premature halt in injury time due to unfortunate events which will in due course be considered by the league’s management committee – Peebles Rovers were 4-3 up on visitors Easthouses Lily at the time. Dunbar United were the odd team out.
Bonnyrigg Rose continue to set the pace, the only unbeaten team in Conference B posting arguably their best result thus far in winning 4-1 at Bo’ness United, who slipped to seventh in the table. Second-placed Dundonald Bluebell made short work of Dunipace at Moorside Park, netting five goals without reply, while Tranent Juniors remain in third spot despite sitting out Saturday’s card as they took their turn as odd team out. Sauchie, fifth in last week’s table behind Saturday’s hosts Dalkeith Thistle but only on goal difference, leapfrogged the Jags when they won by the only goal of the game. Dalkeith and sixth-placed Crossgates Primrose are now separated only by goal difference, the Humbug Park outfit maintaining their very decent form with a late winner in their 2-1 victory at home to Tynecastle. Also in Fife, Burntisland Shipyard picked up a deserved point against visitors Haddington Athletic, who led 3-1 and 4-2 in the second half but conceded an eighty ninth minute equaliser. The Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale v Eyemouth United match was called off on Friday on account of the thankfully now resolved issues at Eyemouth.
West Lothian pair Linlithgow Rose and Broxburn Athletic remain joint top of the table following comfortable wins against capital opposition. The Rose put six past Heriot Watt University without reply at Riccarton, while Broxburn maintained their 100% record with a 3-0 home win over Edinburgh United. Jeanfield Swifts in third enjoyed a 4-0 win at Ormiston, and Camelon Juniors stay fourth after defeating Craigroyston by four goals to two at St Marks Park – the city side subsequently announced the appointment as manager of veteran boss Alan ‘Windy’ Miller, replacing co-bosses Ross McNeill and Colin Tomassi. Only three points separate Linlithgow in first and Camelon in fourth, and it’s a similar story in mid-table, with fifth-place Heriot Watt three points better off than Blackburn United in eighth. Stirling University missed the opportunity to leapfrog their fellow students when they went down 3-2 to Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts in Fife – our newest club have now won three games in succession. Blackburn United improved their position with a 3-1 away win against St Andrews United, while Preston Athletic sat Saturday out.
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