South Region Challenge Cup and King Cup draws made.
With the new season only a few weeks away the draws for cup competitions have gotten underway with the King Cup, for EoS First Division clubs only, being the first drawn. The Shipyard were handed an away tie in the first round against Preston Athletic, ironically the last team we played in a competitive match back in December 2020. A Darrell Anthony hat-trick helped the Shippy to a 4-1 win. The winner of the match will be away to Kinnoull in the second round. We have only faced the Perth side once since they joined the East of Scotland League two seasons ago, when a Robbie Crawford double gave the Shippy a 2-1 victory at Tulloch Park in October 2019. Dates for these ties will be determined in due course.
The new regionalised South Region Challenge Cup was drawn last Friday with the Shipyard receiving a bye in the first round of the North East section before being given a home draw in the second round against Lowland League outfit University of Stirling. This match is scheduled to take place on Saturday 16th October 2021. The Shippy have only ever faced the University on one occasion previously and that was way back on November 2nd 2012, in what was our first season the EoSFL. Stirling were the reigning EoSFL champions when they rolled into town for an East of Scotland Qualifying Cup tie and they were far too strong for the Shipyard comfortably winning 5-0.
Shippy add to their squad after signing Nathan Feeley.
The club is delighted to announce the signing of Nathan Feeley from Lochgelly Albert. The 25 year old forward has also played for fellow East of Scotland League sides Kirkcaldy & Dysart FC and Thornton Hibs FC. Manager Stuart Innes said “I was very impressed with Nathan when he played against us last season and I am really pleased to add him to my squad.” Nathan is looked forward to getting started with his new teammates when he said “I know a lot of the guys here having played with them at other clubs. I can’t wait to meet up with the guys and start training as we gear up for next season. He added “When I heard the Shipyard were showing an interest in me I quickly decided that I wanted to go and I am glad that the deal has been done.”
The shipyard would like to thank Lochgelly Albert for getting the deal completed quickly and professionally.
Stuart adds to his squad as Scotty Orrock joins the Yard.
The Shipyard are pleased to announce the signing of Scott Orrock. 31 year old Scott joins his home town team after a lengthy spell on the side lines as he recovered from a serious knee injury. With the injury now behind him Scott is keen to get his career back on track after approximately a year out and is delighted to join up with a lot of well known faces at Recreation Park. Manager Stuart Innes said “Scott brings a wealth of experience with him having played at a high level in the juniors for several years. He will fit in well with the squad as he knows and has played alongside a lot of them. Also, he has trained with the squad recently as he regained his fitness. I am delighted to get him on board”.
Look out for more possible signing news later in the week.
The Shippy gathered another three points on Saturday as visitors Preston Athletic were beaten 4-1 at Recreation Park, in what was the last game of 2020. The win pushed the Shipyard up to fifth place in the league and things are getting tight at the top as the pack chase down leaders Heriot Watt University. The Uni do have a healthy lead, however, they have played three or four games more than most. All the damage was done in the first half as the Anthony brothers grabbed all the goals with Darrell notching a hat-trick and Ben netting the other, while Marc Malloy scored for the visitors. Preston imposed themselves more after the interval but never really threatened to reduce the deficit, indeed it was the Shipyard who created and missed the best chances in the second half. Nathan Laird and Shaun Keatings replaced Dean Hunter and Tyler McKenzie from the starting eleven last time out at Eyemouth with Iain Millar and Dale Allan returning from injury to take a place on the bench.
The first chance fell to the Shipyard in the 3rd minute when Ben Anthony ran on to a through ball only to see his effort blocked at the edge of the box. The deadlock was broken in the 8th minute when Ben set up Darrell and despite his initial shot being saved by keeper David Livie the rebound fell kindly for him and he smashed the ball home. Preston forced Michael Gibb into a good save in the 23rd minute before the young keeper was in the spotlight again a minute later. Keatings was adjudged to have committed a foul in the box with the referee pointing to the spot. Gibb pulled off a great save to deny Joe Murray, however, he was beaten by Molloy who was quick to react to the loose ball. Preston weren’t level for long as the Shippy regained the lead in the 28th minute. Reece Brown did well down the righthand side and when he crossed into the box D. Anthony blasted the ball beyond Livie. Darrell completed his hat-trick a few minutes later when his shot from the edge of the box took a deflection leaving the keeper helpless. Brown shot into the side netting a minute later as the Shippy threatened to run riot. The visitors had a chance in the 42nd minute when the forward beat Gibb to a ball in the air and as the headed effort drifted wide appeals for another penalty as the players collided were dismissed. As the game moved into added time the Shipyard scored a fourth as B. Anthony drove forward and fired the ball into the corner of the net from around twenty yards.
A half time talking to from the manager seemed to invigorate Preston and they played with a lot more determination and got on the front foot more often, though Gibb was never tested as the back four in front of him was dealing with everything that came their way. Jay Bridgeford headed over a Raymond Crichton cross in the 55th minute and the youngster was off target again after B. Anthony set him up with a shooting opportunity. Keatings looked set to score before some brave defending blocked his effort after B. Anthony squared the ball to him and although it appeared Ben was impeded as he worked his way into the area the referee was not interested in the half-hearted penalty appeals. Just before the end some heroic defending denied the Shipyard a fifth as B. Anthony saw his shot following a corner cleared off the line, and when the ball looped up substitute Iain Millar saw his header blocked and then the big left back was foiled again as his shot was blocked.
The action takes a break next week but we will return in the new year as Glenrothes first foot us on Saturday 2nd January 2021 with the match kicking off at 2pm. Unfortunately, this match will also be played behind closed doors.
Burntisland Shipyard: M. Gibb; M. Miller (R. O’Donnell); R. Crichton (I. Millar); N. Laird; G. Ross; S. Strang; S. Keatings; D. Anthony (T. McKenzie); B. Anthony; R. Brown (J. Mackenzie); J. Bridgeford. Unused Subs: S. Costello; D. Allan; J. Galloway.
Preston Athletic: D. Livie; K. Austin; C. Innes; M. O’Connor; R. Young; D. Pennycuick; K. Jack; B. Bathgate; J. Edmond; J. Murray; M. Molloy. Subs: J. Jardine; E. Williams; M. Hamilton; J. Chapman; M. Forsyth; N. Stokes; B. Bain.
Dollar Road Co-op boosts Shipyard with community donation.
The Shipyard received a welcome financial boost with a donation from the Co-op Community Donation scheme. Manager of the nearby Dollar Road store Tina Boles contacted the club to find out if they could help us in any way. It goes without saying that the current situation football clubs find themselves in, that a donation towards the running costs is very much appreciated and the club would like to thank both Tina and the Co-op for the £250 cheque received today.
Anthony hat-trick rounds off good week for Shippy.
The Shipyard made the long journey to Warner Park buoyed by their midweek victory against Heriot Watt University as they looked to continue to climb the league table. They did not disappoint, despite struggling for almost the entire first half to breakdown the resolute Eyemouth defence, as another three points were bagged. The final scoreline of 6-0 was no less than the Shipyard deserved as they created many chances throughout the ninety minutes. Six points from two away fixtures in five days will no doubt have pleased manager Stuart Innes. Continuity is a major factor in football and the fact that Stuart had the same squad at his disposal again meant that he only had to make one change from Tuesday night. Shaun Keatings dropped to the bench with him still feeling the effects of the knock that forced him off against the students and once again Tyler McKenzie was the man who replaced him. It was another good day for Ben Anthony as he claimed a perfect hat-trick with a left foot, right foot and headed goal as he took his season’s tally into double figures.
Unusually, for Eyemouth anyway, there was barely a breath of wind and a bright blue sky as the Shipyard got the match got underway. It took the Shipyard a while to settle into the game although they did start to exert some pressure on the Eyemouth rearguard as they forced a series of corners. From one of these corners in the 15th minute a Sandy Strang header forced Eyemouth keeper Roddy MacDougall into a fine save. A few seconds later the Shippy were shouting loudly for a penalty as Dean Hunter went down in the box, however, the referee wasn’t interested. Raymond Crichton shot straight at the keeper after playing a neat one two with Jay Bridgeford. The Shipyard then hit the woodwork twice in the space of three minutes as Hunter hit the bar with a volley at the back post following a corner and in the 27th minute Darrell Anthony hit a post after good work by his brother Ben. B. Anthony shot straight at the keeper and Reece Brown had an effort blocked from close range. The visitors finally broke the deadlock in the 42nd minute when Brown latched onto the end of a D. Anthony pass and fired the ball high into the net beyond MacDougall. Eyemouth had a chance on the stroke of half-time through Kharim Mdlasini but the striker never troubled Michael Gibb in the Shipyard goals.
The Shippy made a change at the interval with Nathan Laird coming on for Gavin Ross and it took him only ninety seconds to make an impact as he bundled home from a corner with his first touch of the ball. MacDougall saved bravely at the feet of McKenzie; however, he was beaten a minute later as B. Anthony’s left foot shot found the corner of the net after being set up by Bridgeford. Eyemouth really should have pulled a goal back in the 56th minute but somehow the ball ended up being put over the bar from close range. Bridgeford shot just wide and then Brown saw his drive parried away by MacDougall with B. Anthony firing the loose ball across the face of the goal. Brown again went close with a shot going narrowly wide. A bit of dithering in the Shippy defence led to a great opportunity for Connor Lough, however, the experienced striker was denied by a great save from substitute keeper Scott Costello. B. Anthony turned and shot from inside the six yard box but he was denied by a good block. As usual Ben was in the thick of things and he scored the Shipyard’s fourth goal when he headed home a Jordan Galloway corner. He soon made it five as he completed his hat-trick with a great team goal. The Shippy gained possession on their own goal line, passed the ball out through the midfield to D. Anthony and his pinpoint pass found brother Ben who outstripped the Eyemouth defence before smashing it passed MacDougall. The Shippy scored a sixth through substitute Galloway who tapped in at the back post after a Bridgeford strike was pushed into his path. Eyemouth almost got a consolation goal at the death when a speculative strike hit the junction of the post and bar.
The Shipyard return to Recreation Park on Saturday (5/12/20) when they welcome Stirling University EOS for a league match with the kick-off being at 1.30pm.
Eyemouth United: D. MacDougall; B. Tait; T. Fowler; G. Paterson; J. Gammie; L. Smilie; J. Condy; C. Briggs; K. Grant; C. Lough; K. Mdlasini. Subs: A. Wilson; R. Bowling; J. Vieirira; M. Sebastian; D. Thomas; D. Hendy.
Burntisland Shipyard: M. Gibb (S. Costello); M. Miller; R. Crichton (R. O’Donnell); D. Hunter; G. Ross (N. Laird); S. Strang (J. Galloway); T. McKenzie; D. Anthony; B. Anthony; R. Brown (J. Mackenzie); J. Bridgeford. Unused Sub: S. Keatings.
The Shipyard took full advantage of their second chance in this recast fixture following Heriot Watt University being penalised for breeching a substitution ruling. Despite falling behind, a Ben Anthony double and a first Shipyard goal for Jordan Mackenzie saw the Shippy secure a 3-1 victory at a wet and windy Oriam on Tuesday night. In a keenly fought encounter the quality of the visitors finishing proved to be the difference between the teams. Neither side created an abundance of opportunities in what was nevertheless an entertaining match between two committed teams. The Shipyard starting eleven showed one change from the team that took the field against Bo’ness United on Saturday with Michael Gibb returning in place of Scott Costello.
The Shipyard almost got off to a whirlwind start with barely two minutes on the clock when Uni keeper Callum Reid had to dive full length to prevent one of his defenders heading into his own net following a Jay Bridgeford free-kick. The Shippy suffered a blow in the 4th minute when Shaun Keatings hobbled off with a foot injury and he was replaced by Tyler McKenzie. Gibb showed great reactions to deny Heriot Watt with an instinctive save before booting the ball clear. B. Anthony fired just wide after getting on the end of a Reece Brown cross. After this early action in the first fifteen minutes the game settled down and both defences were coping with what was thrown at them. The hosts had another chance in the 39th minute when a headed effort from a corner bounced over the bar. The deadlock was broken in the 45th minute when the Uni broke down the right-hand side and when the ball was cut back a fine left foot strike found the corner of the net. The Shipyard drew level in added time from the penalty spot. Darrell Anthony was fouled in the box and brother Ben made no mistake from twelve yards to restore parity at the interval.
The Shippy stunned the hosts with an excellent goal in the 47th minute when McKenzie burst down the right and his sublime cross was turned home by B. Anthony at the front post. A venomous drive from D. Anthony had the Shipyard contingent with their hands in the air proclaiming a goal, only to see the ball agonisingly go narrowly wide. Gavin Ross had to make a timely intervention to cut out a dangerous cross at the expense of a corner and a curling effort from the edge of the area was not too far away as the Uni looked to get back on terms. The Shippy took a firm grip of the match with a third goal in the 78th minute. A Heriot Watt player was loose with a pass at the edge of the box and with the Shipyard pressing substitute Jordan Mackenzie latched onto the ball and calmly finished to the delight of Shipyard contingent. Heriot Watt pushed forward, however, the Shippy defence was not unduly troubled other than when McKenzie did well to block the ball.
We are on our travels again on Saturday (28/11/2020) with a trip to Warner Park to face Eyemouth United in league match which will be played behind closed doors. Kick off is at 2pm with updates available on the club Twitter feed.
Heriot Watt University: C. Reid; J. Hogg; D. Potter; J. Wishart; J. Thomson; A. Shrive; A. Gamble; C. Smith; A. Singh; R. Cairns; J. Barker. Subs: A. McMahon; C. Muttitt; C. Donnelly; J. Kennedy; M. Taylor; A. McCreadie; G. Macdonald.
Burntisland Shipyard: M. Gibb; M. Miller; R. Crichton; D. Hunter; G. Ross; S. Strang; S. Keatings (T. McKenzie); D. Anthony; B. Anthony; R. Brown; J. Bridgeford (J. Galloway). Unused Subs: S. Costello; R. O’Donnell; N. Laird.
The Shipyard left Newtown Park extremely frustrated following their 4-1 defeat to Bo’ness United in the Soccershop Challenge Cup. Not at their performance, not the margin of the defeat or not because Bo’ness were flattered by the scoreline. It was the self inflicted manner of the defeat that hurt. A missed penalty at 0-0, a header off the crossbar at 2-1 down, a whole host of chances spurned, conceding the opening goal seconds before the interval and being on the wrong end of some controversial decisions did the damage. There may be two divisions between the teams, however, for the most part the Shippy more than matched their Lowland League opponents, before losing two very late goals that gave a false impression of how the match had unfolded. For the first time in weeks the Shippy had an eighteen man squad, thanks in part to the addition of Jordan Mackenzie and Nathan Laird, signed on loan from East Fife on Friday evening. Tyler McKenzie returned from suspension and Jordan Galloway came back after isolating for a couple of weeks.
The Shipyard created the first chance in the second minute when Shaun Keatings found space at the edge of the box but his driven shot was too high to trouble ex-Shipyard keeper Ryan Adamson. Keatings next attempt certainly troubled Adamson as the keeper tipped over the midfielders strike from around twenty yards. Everyone was surprised to see a goal kick awarded with the keeper probably disappointed that his fine save was not recognised. The first chance for the hosts arrived after eleven minutes and the Shippy were relieved to see Kyle Bell’s effort hit the top of the bar and go over. The Shipyard engineered a great opening in the 20th minute when a good move put Reece Brown in on goal, however, the youngster stumbled as he looked to get on to the ball. Kieran Anderson and Bell would both have been disappointed that they never tested Scott Costello in the Shipyard goals having been afforded good opportunities. Brown then saw Adamson hold his shot after the striker showed good feet at the front post. The game was very much end to end as the Shippy went toe to toe with the team sitting third and unbeaten in the Lowland League and United were next to have a chance when Stuart McFarlane headed over from a corner. The Shipyard went very close in the 34th minute as firstly Ben Anthony’s strike was unconvincingly pushed away by Adamson with a follow up shot from brother Darrell fortunately deflected narrowly wide at the expense of a corner. The visitors were handed a golden opportunity to take the lead in the 37th minute when they were awarded a penalty. Brown turned his man on the by-line and was tripped as he headed towards the goals. It was of the stonewall variety leaving the ref with no other option but to point to the spot. Disappointingly for the Shippy Brown’s effort was weak and Adamson saved all to easily. A good driving run from D. Anthony saw him burst through the Bo’ness defence but his shot was too straight and Adamson was able to save. Just as the half-time whistle loomed all the Shipyard’s good work was undone when the hosts created a chance for Brian Ritchie and the big striker slotted the ball beyond Costello to open the scoring.
A heavy shower at the interval cleared before the teams re-emerged for the second half though it looked like the wind was strengthening with Bo’ness being the beneficiaries of the elements. The hosts were claiming for a penalty in the 51st minute but their appeals were rightly waived away by the referee. The Shippy deservedly drew level in the 57th minute with a well worked goal. Brown and B. Anthony combined to set up Jay Bridgeford and the wide man drilled the ball home despite a valiant effort from a United defender to keep the ball out. The game was still even and hard fought with some thoughts starting to drift towards extra-time when Bo’ness got their noses in front again. Ritchie again found the net and the goal stood despite appeals for offside. A Ben Anthony drive flashed across the face of goal with the ball taking a slight deflection with a corner being awarded. From the corner Gavin Ross saw his header smash back off the bar. With three minutes remaining Ritchie completed his hat-trick with a huge slice of good fortune when a miscued clearance fell to him and he confidently beat Costello from ten yards. The Shippy really had their noses rubbed in it when Bell scored a fourth with a well placed shot from outside the box. The Shipyard can be very proud of their showing against a team of this calibre and they will be looking to maintain the performance level when they travel to face Heriot Watt University at Oriam on Tuesday Night. Kick-off time for the match is 7.30pm.
Bo’ness United: R. Adamson; D. Jacobs; D. McFarlane (W. Snowdon); C. Comrie; R. Stevenson; B. Ritchie; T. Grant (M. Gemmell); S. McFarlane; L. Bell; B. Wharton; K. Anderson. Unused Subs: A. Murphy; Z. Miller.
Burntisland Shipyard: S. Costello; M. Miller; R. Crichton; D. Hunter (N. Laird); G. Ross; S. Strang (T. McKenzie); S. Keatings; D. Anthony; B. Anthony; R. Brown (J. Mackenzie) J. Bridgeford. Unused Subs: M. Gibb; R. Lennie; R. O’Donnell, J. Galloway.