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Burntisland Shipyard FC v Burntisland United AFC

Dillon McLaren

The town’s two football clubs are delighted to announce they will be participating in a challenge match to raise funds towards a new wheelchair for local lad Dillon McLaren. As many of you will be aware the townspeople have been rallying around Dillon to help him get the new wheelchair he requires. So why not come along to Recreation Park on Wednesday 17th July 2019 and support this worthy cause. The match kicks off at 7pm and entry to the match will be a minimum donation of £3 for adults and £1 for concessions. The food and drinks outlets will be open on the night with all proceeds also going towards the fund.

To add a bit of spice to the match the Stenton Shield will be up for grabs.

Burntisland Shipyard 2-5 Tranent Juniors

Season ends with home defeat.

The curtain came down on the Shipyard’s season on Saturday and unfortunately it was somewhat a case of the same old story as too many goals were conceded all too easily as Tranent ran out 5-2 winners at Recreation Park. 39 league goals were scored this season, which is very close to the amount that the 7th and 8th placed teams scored and more than 10th placed Tynecastle. However, it’s the goals against column that makes disappointing reading with no fewer that 87 conceded, with only bottom placed Eyemouth United losing more. No-one was in any doubt about the task that, not only the Shipyard but all of last season’s East of Scotland League clubs faced in this transitional season with all the newcomers joining the EoSL, so we should take stock without any knee jerk reactions and plan ahead for the 2019/20 campaign. With that in mind Stuart was able to field a couple of trialists that he could get a look at before the close of the season.

Ryan Adamson was in the thick of the action.

Not for the first time the Shippy got off to a flying start as Robbie Crawford laid the ball on a plate for Andy Watt to knock home with barely two minutes on the clock. The game was evenly contested for the next twenty minutes or so before Tranent drew level when Dean Whitson smashed the ball past Ryan Adamson at his near post. The same two players were involved a minute later though this time it was the Shipyard keeper who came out on top with a good save. A. Trialist cleared an attempt off the Shippy line then Adamson saved again, this time from Jamie Devlin. Tranent took the lead in the 40th minute through a controversial goal as Bradley Barrett appeared to be yards offside as he burst clear, however, he showed good composure as he slotted the ball across Adamson and into the net. The shippy created a decent chance just before the break as B. Trialist did well to get behind the visitor’s defence but his cross was cleared by Neil Smeaton who was alert to the danger.

Watt couldn’t emulate his start to the first period when he blasted over from inside the box in the 46th minute as the Shippy tried to get on level terms. Tranent got a third goal following a ball over the top that had Adamson racing from his line, however, Barrett got to the ball first, took it round the keeper and knocked the ball into the unguarded net. Ben Miller made it 4-1 when he was first to react after Adamson could only parry a fierce strike to the feet of the Tranent substitute and Miller notched his double in the 68th minute with a shot from the edge of the box. Shippy sub Reece Bernard was unlucky to see his flicked effort deflected for a corner but he was not to be denied as he scored with a similar goal to Barrett’s first when he struck the ball across the keeper and into the far corner with 12 minutes remaining. C. Trialist was unlucky to see his drive clear the crossbar after Bernard cut the ball back to him.

Burntisland Shipyard: R. Adamson, Jor. Galloway, G. Skinner (C. Simpson), R. O’Donnell, A. Trialist, R. Lennie, R. Crawford (R. Bernard), S. Glancy, A. Watt, B. Trialist, R. Brown (C. Trialist). Unused Subs: R. Kinnaird & R. Connor.

Tranent Juniors: H. Alysandratos, C. Reid, S. Rutherford, N. Smeaton, C. Gray, L. Hawkins, R. Berry, G. Nelson, D. Whitson, J. Devlin, B. Barrett. Subs: S. Inglis, C. McKenzie, B. Miller, M. McGovern.

Referee: B. Cooper.

Burntisland Shipyard 1-5 Lothian Thistle HV

Five star Docherty as Shippy feel the heat.

The first match in the second century of the Shipyard’s existence did not go well as they were well beaten after a five-star performance from Lothian striker Jamie Docherty who scored all five of his side’s goals. The former St Johnstone player made the Shippy defence endure a torrid afternoon, as they could not cope with his pace and skill throughout the ninety minutes. Indeed, the nineteen-year-old could probably have added to his tally had Shipyard keeper Ryan Adamson not been in such fine form. Was a more cynical approach required to stop him? Let’s just say there were former Shipyard defenders in attendance who would have not have allowed him the freedom he got every time he gained possession. Nonetheless, the young man deserves enormous credit for a magnificent performance.

Ryan Adamson produced some fine saves.

There was not much in the way of goalmouth action in the first quarter of an hour with the teams evenly matched at this stage, however, the visitors started to dominate after this and only superb defending from Jordan Galloway denied Hutchy Vale the opener. Docherty didn’t have his sights set yet as he missed the target in the 18th minute. Twice in a matter of a minute Adamson pulled of good saves to keep his side level with his stop from Ryan Hutchison particularly impressive. Adamson saved again in the 28th minute with his team somewhat under pressure. Andy Watt had the Shippy’s first attempt on target in the 33rd minute when he nodded a Grant Skinner free-kick towards goal though Kevan Swain saved comfortably. The match swung firmly in Hutchy Vale’s in the 37th minute. Once again, a long ball over the top caused havoc in the Shipyard defence and with Adamson out of his goal Sandy Strang bundled over the Hutchy Vale forward leaving referee Stephen Gill no choice but to show Strang a red card for denying a goalscoring opportunity. When the dust had settled Docherty smashed the free-kick low into the net to notch his first of the afternoon.

sandy Strang saw red for denying goalscoring opportunity.

The Shipyard came out for the second half with the bit between their teeth and were level in the 49th minute, albeit thanks to a slip from Dylan Moore. Watt gathered the ball and squared to Reece Brown who knocked home his tenth goal of the season. The Shippy then had three good chances as Robbie Crawford cut in from the left only to see his shot blocked and when the loose ball broke to Rab Kinnaird at the edge of the box Swain was at full stretch to turn his fierce strike away for a corner. From the resultant set piece Watt was frustrated that he could not get his header on target. Adamson produced two good saves in the 53rd and 56th minutes while at the other end Crawford had another shot blocked. The Shipyard defence wilted in the 73rd minute as Docherty ran through and confidently beat Adamson to regain the lead. Ross Lennie almost got the Shipyard level as his powerful drive was cleared off the line but with the Shippy defence tiring under the warm conditions and being a man light Hutchy or Docherty for that matter, took control. The youngster was now finding acres of space and he ensured the victory as he completed his hat-trick with a fine finish. Docherty remarkably got his fourth and fifth goals in the closing stages with two more quality finishes with his solo effort for the fifth probably the best of the match.

Reece Brown celebrates his goal.

The last match of what has been a roller coaster season takes place at Recreation park on Saturday (27/04/2019) with Tranent juniors being the visitors. Kick-off is at 2.30pm

Burntisland Shipyard: R. Adamson, Jor. Galloway, G. Skinner, R. O’Donnell, S. Strang, B. Hutchison (R. Bernard), R. Brown, R. Lennie (P. Bell), A. Watt, R. Kinnaird (C. Simpson), R. Crawford. Unused Sub: R. Connor.

Lothian Thistle HV: K. Swann, L. O’Donnell, R. Smith, D. Moore, P. Crawford, A. Muir, R. Hutchison, K. Brown, S. Wringe, N. Doherty, J. Docherty. Subs: M. McIntosh & F. Hendry.

Referee: S. Gill.

Burntisland Shipyard 5-0 Eyemouth United

Shippy record second comfortable win over Eyemouth.

The Shipyard eased to a comfortable 5-0 win over rock bottom Eyemouth United at Recreation Park on Saturday, with the win ensuring that the Shippy would not finish in the bottom two of Conference B, furthermore, the possibility of climbing up another place in table is still viable with six more points up for grabs. Tynecastle sit just two points ahead of the Shippy with the Edinburgh side having one match less remaining. That being said, it will be a difficult task with Lothian Thistle HV and Tranent Juniors providing the opposition in the final two fixtures at Recreation Park this season.

It took the Shippy a mere twenty seconds to open the scoring with Robbie Crawford being the man on target. Andy Watt got the second in the 25th minute and another strike from Crawford, his fifth of the season, just before the break, more or less ensured the points would be staying in Burntisland.

Robbie Crawford nets against Eyemouth.

In the second half Charlie Simpson added a fourth and Watt also got a brace when he completed the scoring with ten minutes remaining. The big striker is now breathing down the neck of Reece Brown in the race for the top goalscorer award as he finds himself only one behind the young striker.

Watty scores his second against Eyemouth.

The Shipyard host Lothian Thistle HV on Saturday (20/04/2019) with a 2.30pm kick-off.

Burntisland Shipyard: R. Adamson, Jor. Galloway, G. Skinner, R. O’Donnell, S. Strang, B. Hutchison, R. Crawford, S. Glancy, A. Watt, R. Kinnaird, C. Simpson. Subs: R. Bernard, R. Brown, A. Trialist.

Eyemouth United: E. Robertson, J. Clarke, A. Spiers, R. Clelland, A. Mutch, M. Gillan, D. Hendy, R. Aitchison, A. Wilson, E. Mendes, J. Ray. Subs: J. Dougal, P. Atorough, R. Cargill, R. Bowling.

Referee: A. Budd.

Sauchie 5-2 Burntisland Shipyard

Shipyard suffer from early mistakes.

The concession of two early goals had the Shipyard staring defeat in the face before six minutes had elapsed and despite rallying before half-time the damage had been done as hosts Sauchie ran out 5-2 winners at Beechwood Park. Sam Glancy and Rab Kinnaird were unavailable for the trip to Clackmannanshire and they were replaced in the starting eleven by Sandy Strang and Andy Watt. Reece Brown swapped places with Callum McAulay as the latter dropped to the bench.

The Shipyard unfortunately continued a trend of by conceding an early and highly avoidable goal with four minutes on the clock. A free-kick played in from the right-hand side saw the Shippy defence at sixes and sevens and when the ball was headed back across the six-yard box David Cross had the simple task of nodding the ball into the open goal. It was 2-0 within a couple of minutes when possession was lost deep inside the Shipyard half and when the ball was played through to centre forward Ross Crawford, he slotted the ball under Ryan Adamson to leave the Shippy looking at a heavy defeat already. Good build up play saw Watt just fail to make contact when the cross came in and when Jordan Galloway and Watt combined there were no takers at the back post for the former’s fine delivery. The Shipyard fell three behind in the 31st minute after a good piece of skill on the bye line from Conor Langton who cut the ball back for Iain Diack to lash the ball high into the net. Things got worse for the Shippy a few minutes later when again the ball was lost far too easily allowing Crawford to help himself to another goal. Just when it looked like all was lost the Shipyard started to play and in the final three minutes before the interval the deficit was halved. Firstly, Strang gathered the ball following a corner and showed good composure to turn and fire the ball into the net from around ten yards. Good work between Grant Skinner and Robbie Crawford saw a fine cross delivered into the box and Watt was on hand to bullet home his header. Given what had happened in the previous 42 minutes, remarkably, the Shipyard were back in the game albeit with a lot of work still to do.

A rare goal from Sandy Strang helped reduce the deficit.

Adamson denied Crawford his hat-trick as he blocked the big striker’s effort with his legs, however, Crawford did not have to wait long as he got his third goal in the 63rd minute as he beat Adamson at the second attempt after he broke through the centre of the Shipyard defence. Strang saw his header from a McAulay corner blocked and then the Shippy’s Crawford cut in from the left evading a couple of challenges before shooting too straight at Sauchie keeper Darren Dolan. The second half was punctuated with offside decisions as both teams’ attacks were constantly thwarted by the linesman’s raised flag. The Shipyard were reduced to 10 men as substitute McAulay received a second yellow as the game moved into added time. A final opportunity fell to Reece Brown but the youngster blasted over from the corner of the six-yard box.

Sauchie: D. Dolan, S. Houston, S. Dolan, D. Cross, T. Hewitt, M. Sharp, I. Diack (M. Finlayson), D. Taylor, R. Crawford, A. McTaggert (R. Conville), C. Langton (A. McKeown). Unused Subs: D. Cummings & C. Cairney.

Burntisland Shipyard: R. Adamson, Jor. Galloway, G. Skinner, R. O’Donnell, S. Strang, B. Hutchison, R. Brown, R. Lennie, A. Watt, C. Simpson (C. McAulay), R. Crawford (R. Bernard). Unused Subs: P. Bell & R. Connor.

Referee: C. Macrae.

Haddington Athletic 5-0 Burntisland Shipyard

Misfiring Shipyard suffer heavy defeat

The Shipyard can justifiably point to some poor finishing, poor refereeing decisions, good goalkeeping from Aaron Jones and they can also throw some bad luck into the mix, however, it was unquestionably bad defending that resulted in this heavy defeat. Four of Haddington’s five goals were in the highly avoidable category, though all credit to Shaun Hill who produced a sublime finish for the third goal. The Shipyard squad was bolstered by the return of Sam Glancy and Sandy Strang after both served a suspension last week, with Ross Lennie also back having missed the trip to Eyemouth. Jonny Galloway was obviously absent as he starts his recovery from a dislocated elbow.

Sam Glancy saw his piledriver hit the post.

The opening exchanges were fairly even with neither side taking control of proceedings, however, that all changed with a goal out of nothing for the hosts. A long ball thumped up the park was missed by the Shipyard defence and that allowed Declan Quinn to gather the ball and fire it past Ryan Adamson. The Shippy went oh so close to levelling in the 23rd minute but Glancy’s piledriver from 22yards crashed off the inside of the post with Haddington scrambling the loose ball away. Lennie was afforded a free header from a corner but could not direct his attempt on target and Rab Kinnaird missed a great chance when put through on the keeper with Jones blocking his shot with his legs. The clinical finishing that the Shipyard produced against Dalkeith and Eyemouth was missing here at Millfield and it was something they would rue as the match progressed. Haddington finished the half stronger and a superb Lennie tackle denied them and Gordon Harris should have done better when he found himself in a good position inside the area. The Shipyard had played some good football in the opening 45 minutes and could count themselves unlucky to be behind at the break.

The Shipyard made things a whole lot harder by conceding another sloppy goal in the 49th minute. A deep cross was allowed to find its way to the back post and Hill headed down past a static Shippy defence and the ball bounced into the corner of the net. The Shipyard might have found a way back into the match when a Robbie Crawford shot was handled in the box, however, referee Hogg saw nothing amiss and waved play on. Adamson kept it at 2-0 as he saved well from Hill following the ball being lost at the edge of the box and at the other end Jones did likewise as he thwarted Reece Brown after good build up between Grant Skinner and Crawford. The game erupted in controversy in the 72nd minute when Jones came out of his box and clattered into Brown with the loose ball breaking to Kinnaird who missed the gaping target from 18yards. The referee brought play back for the free-kick, ignored the stricken forward who was in need of treatment and remarkably did not punish the Haddington keeper. To rub salt into the Shipyard wounds Jones then pulled off a superb save to deny Callum McAulay from the resultant set piece. These events seemed to deflate the Shipyard players and when Hill produced his great strike in the 75th minute to make it 3-0 it was game over. A low ball across the face of the Shipyard box two minutes later found Darren Leslie and he had the simple task of putting the ball in the net. Another low cross in the final minute found the unmarked Andrew Jones and he tapped home to complete the rout. Following some very good showings of late the Shippy came down to earth with a bump and will need to improve defensively if they are to climb out of the bottom two as the season draws to a conclusion.

Haddington Athletic: Aaron Jones, R. King, G. Harris, J. Hamill, A. Simpson, J. Keenan, D. Leslie, S. Hill, D. Quinn, A. McNeill, Andrew Jones. Subs: G. Brown, J. Chapman, G. Nicholson, R. Aitchison, D. Simmons.

Burntisland Shipyard: R. Adamson, Jor. Galloway, G. Skinner, R. O’Donnell, R. Lennie, S. Glancy, C. Simpson (R. Brown), B. Hutchison, R. Kinnaird, C. McAulay (S. Strang), R. Crawford. Unused Subs: P. Bell & R. Connor.

Referee: A. Hogg.

Eyemouth United 1-6 Burntisland Shipyard

Injury blow sours Shippy win.

The gloss was somewhat taken off the Shipyard’s emphatic win over Eyemouth United at Warner Park on Saturday by the serious injury suffered by Jonny Galloway. With barely two minutes on the clock the young midfielder landed awkwardly and dislocated his elbow and after a trip to the hospital, everyone’s worst fears were confirmed, with the news that he will miss the rest of the season as he recovers from the injury. With the Shippy looking to catch the teams immediately above them in the table this was certainly something of a setback in the quest to finish the season on a high.

Jonny Galloway suffered dislocated elbow.

With Callum McAulay on to replace the stricken Galloway the Shipyard set about looking to win their third league game in four and despite struggling to capitalise on the possession and chances that they had, the Shippy did go in a goal ahead at the break thanks to a Charlie Simpson strike. Ben Hutchison saw a header parried away by keeper Connor Muir and McAulay’s free-kick was too straight to trouble the big keeper. The Shipyard made the breakthrough in the 24th minute when Simpson stabbed the loose ball home after Eyemouth failed to clear a corner. Reece Brown headed over from a Rab Kinnaird cross and Hutchison was unlucky to see his shot come back off the post. The hosts had a spell of pressure and Andrew Patterson blasted over, meanwhile, Ross Aitchison dragged an effort wide. The action returned to the other end with Robbie Crawford sclaffing an attempt over and Simpson being denied by Muir who blocked with his legs.

Grant Skinner turned in a man of the match performance.

The Shipyard were a damn sight more prolific when opportunities came their way at the start of the second half as they scored five goals in a devastating twelve minutes spell. The first came in the 52nd minute when Crawford volleyed home a Simpson cross and two minutes later Simpson nodded home Grant Skinner’s pinpoint cross. Kinnaird saw a strike cleared off the line but within seconds he found the net to make it 4-0. It was five in the 61st minute when an Eyemouth defender could only turn Simpson’s cross cum shot into his own net. Kinnaird netted his second in the 64th minute with Skinner again the provider. The Shippy were furious to concede in the 69th minute as the scorer seemed yards offside, however, credit must go to the big substitute Andrew Wilson who rounded keeper Ryan Adamson and finished from a tight angle. The big man’s power and directness was causing the Shippy defence some problems, however, it very much too little too late as the Shippy saw out the final twenty minutes in cruise control and they headed up the road with the three points safely in the bag.

Charlie Simpson helped himself to a brace.

Eyemouth United: C. Muir, J. Clarke, R. Clelland, A. Spiers, J. Dougall, D. Smolenkij (R. Cargill) W. Denerley (C. Redpath), R. Aitchison, A. Mutch, A. Patterson, J. Whitson (A. Wilson). Unused Subs: D. Hendy & E. Robertson.

Burntisland Shipyard: R. Adamson, Jor Galloway, G. Skinner, P. Bell, R. O’Donnell, B. Hutchison, C. Simpson, Jon. Galloway (C. McAulay), R. Brown, R. Kinnaird, R. Crawford (A. Trialist). Unused Sub: R. Connor.

Referee: B. Falconer.

Burntisland Shipyard 4-1 Dalkeith Thistle

Shippy turn on the style to jag Thistle.

The Shipyard finally showed what they are capable of as they turned in arguably their best performance of the season as Dalkeith Thistle were beaten 4-1 at Recreation Park on Saturday. Once again Stuart had a large squad to choose from and he made two changes from last week with Sandy Strang and Reece Brown replacing Ryan O’Donnell and Andy Watt. Dalkeith had new manager Kevin Twaddle at the helm and his squad was boosted by the loan signing of Willis Hare from Kelty hearts.

Scott Hynd’s strike find the net.

Scott Hynd had an opportunity after six minutes courtesy of a defensive slip from a Thistle centre back but the Shippy striker blazed his shot high and wide. The Shipyard took the lead in the 19th minute and the elements may have played their part as Jonny Galloway’s strike from 25 yards dipped under the crossbar possibly thanks to the wind holding the ball up, but a fine strike nonetheless. The Shippy were caught napping in the 25th minute as a quickly taken free-kick created a chance for Thistle’s Stephen Scott, however, Ryan Adamson denied him with a fine save. That stop proved vital as the Shippy doubled their lead a minute later. Sam Glancy and Hynd combined well to set up Brown and the young striker scored his ninth of the season as he netted with a powerful strike. Adamson saved well again before Dalkeith suffered another blow when Jordan Lister saw red as he brought down Hynd just outside the box, denying him a clear goal scoring opportunity. Another red card, this time for the Shippy’s Strang, offered Dalkeith a chance to get back into the match with the ref awarding them a penalty for the big defender’s challenge. Ryan McQueenie confidently dispatched the spot kick beyond Adamson. Boosted by their goal the visitors created a couple of good openings before the break but unfortunately for Thistle both Scott and Darren McGlashan were just off target with their efforts.

Sam Glancy finishes his great solo effort.

The Shipyard rejigged their line up at the start of the second half as Ryan O’Donnell was brought on to fill in for Strang at the back, with goalscorer Brown being the unlucky one making way. Blake Wales headed against the corner of the post and bar just short of the hour mark but after that the Shipyard took a grip of the game. Jonny Galloway fired just wide from the edge of the box on 70 minutes and four minutes later the Shippy scored a decisive third goal. Hynd broke clear of the Jags defence and he left keeper James McQueen helpless with a great finish. The Shipyard saved the best till last with a wonderful solo effort from Glancy. The diminutive midfielder ran at the Dalkeith rear-guard, beat a couple of defenders then rounded McQueen before rolling the ball into the net. It was a goal of the highest quality and Glancy was engulfed by his teammates as they celebrated his goal and by that stage a vital win. Jordan Galloway had to leave the field with a bad cut to his head that ultimately saw him making a visit to hospital to get it attended to. Hynd almost made it five in the closing stages but he couldn’t find the target with his driven effort. All in all, it was a fine victory for the Shippy with four great goals into the bargain.

Sam celebrates with Grant Skinner and Scott Hynd.

Next week the Shipyard travel south to meet Eyemouth United for the first time this season with the match at Warner Park kicking off at 2.30pm.

 Burntisland Shipyard: R. Adamson, Jor. Galloway (R. Kinnaird), G. Skinner, R. Lennie, S. Strang, S. Glancy, R. Crawford, B. Hutchison, S. Hynd (A. Watt), Jon. Galloway, R. Brown (R. O’Donnell). Unused Sub: R. Bernard.

Dalkeith Thistle: J. McQueen, M. Fairnie, J. Lister, R. McQueenie, R. Connell, N. Janczyk, W. Hare, S. Scott, P. Tansey (M. Hunter), B. Wales. Unused Subs: D. Muir, S. Murray, E. Mitchell.

Referee: C. McNab.