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Hill of Beath Hawthorn 5-2 Burntisland Shipyard

Shippy punished for defensive lapses.

It’s stating the bleeding obvious to say that if you don’t take your chances and gift the opposition goals then you are going to lose, sometimes heavily, and that was certainly the case for the Shippy at Keirs Park on Saturday. Manager Stuart Innes cut a frustrated figure on the sidelines as his team kept shooting themselves in the foot at regular intervals, as they were on the wrong end of a four-goal deficit at the break. It was ex-Shipyard man Danny Watt who capitalised most on the slack defending as he notched a first half hat-trick. The Shipyard won the second half 2-1 thanks to goals from Reece Brown and Ben Anthony but the damage had been done earlier in the match. What would have encouraged the Shippy boss was the amount of good chances his team created against a side that finished at the top end of the truncated Premier Division last season. Brown, Anthony, and Robbie Crawford caused the home defence a lot problems and only poor finishing denied the visitors more goals that their attacking play deserved.

Ben Anthony and Reece Brown were both on target again.

Burntisland Shipyard: S. Costello (M. Gibb); R. Crichton; I. Millar; R. O’Donnell; G. Ross (D. Hunter); S. Strang (R. Lennie); D. Anthony (J. Galloway); S. Keatings; B. Anthony; R. Brown; R. Crawford (M. Miller).

Burntisland Shipyard 3-3 Sauchie Juniors Community FC

Shippy season finally underway.

The Shippy commenced their pre-season build up in unusual circumstances, with a Covid enforced closed doors friendly against Sauchie Juniors Community FC. There were Shipyard debuts for Scott Costello, Raymond Crichton and a return home for Shaun Keatings following a few seasons away. When the dust has settled a 3-3 draw was the outcome and both managers seemed concerned by the manner of how the goals were conceded. The Shippy defence was breeched twice late on when they were down to 10 men as all their substitutes had been used before Sam Glancy limped off injured.

Shippy boys celebrate a goal.

The Shipyard scored through Reece Brown, Ben Anthony and an own goal and could have had another couple, particularly in a dominant opening half hour, but the chances went a begging. The game was marred by a nasty head injury sustained by Robbie Crawford when he collided with a pitch side barrier resulting in a visit to A&E for the youngster. Thankfully there was not too much damage done and Robbie will be back sooner rather than later. Unfortunately, Sam’s injury could see him out for around four weeks, although it is not as bad as first feared.

Burntisland Shipyard: M. Gibb (S. Costello); R. Crichton (M. Miller); I. Millar; D. Hunter (S. Strang); G. Ross (R. Lennie); S. Glancy; D. Anthony (J. Galloway); S. Keatings; B. Anthony; R. Brown; R. Crawford (D. Allan).

Trio sign new deals

The Club is delighted to announce that Reece Brown, Robbie Crawford and Sam Glancy have all agreed to extend their contracts with the Shipyard. Manager Stuart Innes was naturally pleased when he said “All three of the boys were in great form when the season came to a shuddering halt back in March. I was determined to get Reece, Robbie and Sam back on board and I’m very much looking forward to seeing them back in a Shippy shirt when we finally get started again”. He went on to say “Reece was our top goal scorer last season and both Robbie and Sam chipped in with a few as well so I will be looking for them to carry on scoring goals next season. I know there was a bit of interest in Sam from another club, therefore, I am glad he has put pen to paper for us”.

Reece Brown
Robbie Crawford
Sam Glancy

Shippy latest as duo set for return home.

Signings, re-signings and Donate a Ticket latest.

We are delighted to announce that defensive trio Gavin Ross (Rocky), Dean Hunter (Deano) and Iain Millar (Big Milzy) have signed on again for next season. Manager Stuart Innes was delighted to get these three over the line and he said “I am looking for continuity in my squad and getting Rocky, Deano and Milzy on board again was high on my priority list. I am really pleased to get the three of them signed again”.

Iain Millar
Dean Hunter
Gavin Ross

The Club has also been busy recruiting and are delighted to announce the pre-contract signings of Shaun Keatings, Scott Costello and Raymond Crichton. all three are coming to Recreation Park when their current contracts expire with Thornton Hibs. Keatsy and Costy need no introduction as both are local lads and have strong Shippy connections. Keatsy will be returning for a second spell having previously played under Myles Allan and Alex Lowe a few years ago, prior to leaving for Dundonald Bluebell. Meanwhile, Costy starred in goals for the Shipyard through the age groups under the watchful eye of his father, winning Fife Leagues and Cups all the way up to under 19’s before moving on to Hibs and Brechin City amongst others. 23 year old Raymond is a Kinghorn lad who can play in midfield or at the back and said he was extremely happy to be signing for the Shippy. Again Stuart was happy to reach agreement with the three boys when he enthused ” I’m delighted to get these guys on board for next season. They will give me the strength in depth I am looking for and the fact that they are local lads is an added bonus. I am really looking forward to working with them”.

Shaun Keatings (pic – Chloe Keatings)
Scott Costello (pic – Chloe Keatings)

Saturday is @DonateATicket game #3 where we would have been welcoming local rivals Oakley United to the Shippy. Your support over the previous two matches has been magnificent and most welcome at this difficult time. Please stay safe and hopefully we will see you all soon. Our donation page can be found here at

Thank you.

The club was delighted to the response it received after launching our “donate a Ticket” campaign last week when we were scheduled to play Dalkeith Thistle. Your generosity was truly remarkable and we would like to thank each and everyone of you for your donations. This income will go a long way in helping the club pay the bills at this difficult time in everyone’s lives as we battle the Coronavirus. This Saturday (25/04/2020) we were due to face Conference B runaway leaders Tynecastle, in what would surely have been a very attractive game. We hope that you are able to continue to support the club in some way, in the face of this global pandemic, and we are ready to resume playing football sooner rather than later.

Club joins Donate a Ticket campaign.

Burntisland Shipyard FC is delighted to have linked up with the Donate a Ticket campaign, which is a website that allows supporters to donate the cost of entry to the matches that we’ve unfortunately been unable to play due to the current COVID-19 situation. With a number of home matches still outstanding in our league campaign for season 2019/20, like most clubs, not being able to play these matches, has had a real impact on the club’s regular income.

If you were planning on attending any of these games, you can simply donate the cost of a ticket, any donations would be greatly appreciated in what is now a very hard time for all club’s financially. However, we also fully understand that under present circumstances this may not be possible.

 We would urge you to only give if you feel you can or even help spread the word by sharing this post. Thanks for your support in advance. Stay safe and we hope to see you all soon.

Donations can be made at

Club Statement.

The Club continues to adhere to the instructions given by the UK Government, the Scottish Government and the Scottish Football Association regarding Coronavirus (Covid 19) as the country battles to overcome this pandemic. All football is suspended until at least 30/04/2020 and everyone will have to wait for further announcements from the above-mentioned authorities. Social gathering restrictions also means that group training sessions have been cancelled with the Club more or less locked down.

The Board of the East of Scotland Football League (EoSFL) have agreed to cancel the continuation of The League Cup meaning our 2nd round tie against Stirling University has been shelved. No decision has yet been made on the completion or otherwise of the league programme as the Board discuss the situation with other leagues and awaits further instruction from the relevant authorities. Another EoSFL Board meeting is scheduled for 02/04/2020 where more information will hopefully be forthcoming.

The Fife FA have made the decision to abandon this season’s Fife Cup with the Annual General Meeting and dinner for this year also cancelled.

The Club’s Casino Night scheduled for Saturday 21st March unfortunately fell victim to the social gathering restrictions, however, we hope to rearrange the event for later in the year.

Burntisland Shipyard 3-1 Dalkeith Thistle

Shippy advance to next round of League Cup.

The Shipyard eased into the second round of the League Cup with a comfortable victory over Dalkeith Thistle at Recreation Park on Saturday. Following this victory, the Shippy can look forward to a visit from Stirling University EOS in the next round. Only the concession of a late consolation goal put a dampener on an otherwise impressive display against the hard-working visitors. Ben and Darrell Anthony both returned to the squad alongside the injury free Ross Lennie, however, Matty Miller was missing through illness.

Sam Glancy unleashed a venomous volley inside the first minute but it lacked the accuracy to trouble Jamie Newman in the visitor’s goal. Reece Brown then saw his angled drive drift wide before Newman cut out a cross from Darrell Anthony with Brown waiting to pounce. Newman was in action again in the 10th minute as he threw up a hand to stop Anthony’s stinging shot. The Shipyard made the breakthrough their dominance deserved in the 29th minute as Glancy smashed home a loose ball from outside the area. Dalkeith’s first real sight of goal came in the 38th minute through Kenneth McMillan, however, his weak effort was never going to trouble Shippy keeper Michael Gibb. Ian Millar powered home a header from a Glancy free-kick in the 44th minute but his joy was cut short by a marginal offside call.

Sam Glancy celebrates his stunning opener.

Robbie Crawford failed to get a clean connection on a Brown cross three minutes into the second half before Dalkeith enjoyed a spell of pressure as a James McPartlin shot was deflected wide and Gibb cleared a dangerous cross from the foot of a Thistle forward. The Shipyard doubled their advantage in the 55th minute when Crawford had the simple task of converting a Brown cross from close range. A dangerous ball into the box has Gibb scrambling and the Shippy keeper was relieved to see the ball hit the outside of the post before it was cleared. Brown saw a shot drift wide of the far post before he got the goal he deserved in the 65th minute. He beat the offside trap and bore down on goal before he drilled the ball into the net with an angled strike from around sixteen yards. Gibb saved low from Thistle substitute Jack Fairgrieve as the game moved into the final quarter of an hour and Shipyard sub Ben Anthony was denied by Newman who pushed out his shot from a tight angle. There was a blemish to the Shipyard’s fine performance with the concession of an added time goal when possession was conceded to Dalkeith and the ball was played through to the unmarked forward who beat Gibb to make it 3-1.

Robbie Crawford nets from close range.

Burntisland Shipyard: M. Gibb, R. O’Donnell, I. Millar, G. Ross, D. Hunter, S. Strang (R. Lennie), D. Allan, S. Glancy, R. Brown (B. Anthony), D. Anthony (J. Galloway), R. Crawford. Unused Subs: A. Watt, P. Bell, R. Connor.

Dalkeith Thistle: J. Newman, R. Aitchison (C. Leslie), R. Clelland, G. Kerr, S. Woods, J. Burrows, L. Linton (J. Fairgrieve), M. Fairnie, K. McMillan (A. Wilson), M. Bennett, J. McPartlin. Unused Subs: C. Burke, S. Dowie.

Referee: K. Brown.