Honours even as keepers shine.
Both goalkeepers were on top form as the teams had to settle for a share of the spoils in this goalless but very entertaining match at Shielfield Park. For the first time in what seems like months, the sun was shining in what was a pleasant day south of the border. From last week’s starting eleven Kevin Masson dropped out through injury, Brendan Napier was suspended and Lee Henderson was unavailable. Blair Grubb, Gordon Grieve and Anesu Tabengwa were the men who took their places. Continue Reading
Shipyard shoot themselves in the foot.
It was not a great day for the Shipyard as firstly, new signing Kevin Masson hobbled off with a knee injury with barely ten minutes on the clock. Secondly, Brendan Napier received a straight red card for a poor challenge and to cap it all Peebles snatched an undeserved winner deep into added time. Blair Grubb was still sidelined with his groin injury and other new signing Martin Nedialkov was unavailable due to prior commitments. Continue Reading
Poor defending costs the Shipyard dear.
Although after losing to Eyemouth last week, the mood in the Shipyard camp was a confident one as they travelled to face Kelso United, as the performance against Eyemouth was way better than the scoreline suggested. Manager Myles Allan had to replace the unavailable Dale Robertson, Stuart Innes and Alex Peoples with Robbie Cunningham, Gordon Grieve and the suspension free Stephen Connor. Continue Reading
Good performance but no points.
The Shipyard were left wondering how they let the points head south after dominating for long spells of this match against promotion chasing Eyemouth United. Shipyard gave a first start to Dale Robertson and a home debut to Gavin Bridges and both performed well as the home side started well with a strong wind at their backs.
Playing some excellent football, the first good chance came when an excellent passing move involving Grubb and Bell resulted in Robertson crossing low for Ben Anthony but the loan striker saw his effort deflected wide by Paul Tansey in the Eyemouth goal. Ben Anthony thought that he had given his side the lead when he volleyed home from a Lee Henderson corner only for the referee to disallow the goal due to an infringement elsewhere in the box. Tansey continued to keep the Shipyard at bay with saves from a Napier shot and McKay header. Despite having the majority of possession, the home side proved vulnerable to the counter attack and with their first attack of the match in the 30th minute Eyemouth took the lead. Lough attacked up the right hand side and played the ball inside to Shennan who controlled the ball excellently before driving the ball past Mikey Couser from 16 yards. This rattled the Shipyard and just a few minutes later they could have been further behind when a Windram header crashed off the post after a corner but the ball was cleared safety. Ben Anthony had a half chance to equalise before half time but his front post header went narrowly wide.
The second was more even affair with few chances at either end until Eyemouth forced a couple of free-kicks at the edge of the box but neither effort troubled Couser. Their lead was extended however when a shot from the edge of the box was adjudged to have struck Craig McKay on the arm and Mark Bolton made no mistake from the resultant penalty. Substitute Anesu Tabengwa had a shot flash narrowly wide with 10 minutes to go and that proved to be the last of the scoring chances.
Shipyard Manager Myles Allan speaking after the match said, “ I’m gutted for the players today as they put in a huge effort and played some great football but once again they have come away with nothing. However, we need to stop being in that situation. There’s no points awarded for being unlucky and after just a few games in charge, I’m already getting tired of telling the players that they deserved more out of a game.”
Burntisland Shipyard: Couser; Grubb; Bridges; Innes; McKay; Bell; Robertson; Henderson; Anthony; Napier; Peoples. Subs: Tabengwa; Cunningham; McCrindle.
Referee: M. Gill.
Early Red Card Leaves Shipyard Toiling.
An early sending off after conceding an even earlier goal severely hampered the Shipyard’s chances of progressing in the King Cup. Mikey Couser superbly saved the penalty that was awarded after the red card but a magnificent strike shortly before half-time and a late double as the Shipyard players tired saw Berwick Reserves progress to the 3rd round of the King Cup. Manager Allan had to make a late alteration to his starting eleven as Blair Grubb injured his groin during the warm up. He was replaced by Gavin Bridges who was making his Shipyard debut. Otherwise it was the same personnel that defeated Hawick last week. Continue Reading
Late Winner Gives Shipyard Welcome Boost.
The Shipyard gained a long awaited win thanks to a gritty, determined and never say die attitude as they came from behind to beat Hawick at Recreation Park. A late goal from Lee Henderson gave the Shipyard all three points and lifted the gloom that had been over the club for months. Local lad Mikey Couser made his debut in goal for the club as several others made their home debuts. Continue Reading
Shipyard on the end of harsh result.
The Shipyard lost heavily again at Eyemouth, though after thirty five minutes there was little between the teams as the Shipyard played the better football. However, once Eyemouth controversially took the lead they went onto dominate the game, though the eight goal margin was extremely harsh on the visitors. Manager Allan’s plans were upset when Stephen Connor called off late in the day. Ben Anthony, Anesu Tabengwa and Lee Henderson all made their debuts. Continue Reading
Leith prove to be too strong.
A new look shipyard side went down by four goals to nil against Leith Athletic at Recreation Park but it was not until the fiftieth minute that Leith were able to breech a resolute home defence. As the Shipyard began to tire Leith added three more goals to make their win more emphatic. New manager Myles Allan had five new faces making their debuts for the Shipyard.
The Shipyard had the first chance in the 3rd minute when Stephen Connor saw his shot held at the near post. Leith were then dealt a blow when Craig Hume had to be replaced by Douglas Thom after only ten minutes when he picked up an injury. Kyle Boggie went close for Leith before Martyn Melia in the Shipyard goal saved well at his near post. It was Leith who had most of the pressure with Liall Robertson clearing an effort off the line and Jason Stevens hit the outside of the post when he found space in the box at a corner. Twice within a couple of minutes Melia again kept the Shipyard level as he made vital saves. The biggest let off came for the Shipyard in the 39th minute when Chris Beaton somehow put the ball over the bar from close range when it looked easier to score.
The Shipyard replaced the injured Blair Grubb with Paul Wilson at half time and within five minutes Leith forged ahead. Boggie was on hand inside the six yard box to turn the ball home after a deep cross was played back into the box. Two minutes later the visitors doubled their lead when Beaton guided a header from a Kenneth Hall free-kick beyond Melia. A cross from Stephen Barrie in the 67th minute was deflected in off a Shipyard defender to give Leith their third. Although the Shipyard tried hard they could not find a way past the Leith defence and in the last minute Barrie scored from close range to make it four. Leith manager Derek Riddel said afterwards “I knew this would be a difficult game today and we had to work hard for 50 minutes to get ahead. I am delighted to get the three points today. I’m sure Burntisland will take points off our promotion rivals when they come here. Shipyard manager Myles Allan Said “We showed good effort and workrate but rode our luck a bit in the first half. You could see the boys tire in the second half and Leith punished us. Most of the boys just met each other for the first time today, so with two training sessions next week they will get to know each other better. I also hope to have more signings by the time we travel to Berwick next week.”.
Burntisland Shipyard: Melia; Grubb (Wilson); Grieve; Innes; McKay; Bell; Small; Robertson; Connor; Napier; Peoples. Subs: Tierney; Houston; Allan.
Leith Athletic: Gordon; Stevens; Hall; Lowson; Tainsh; Cairns; Barrie; (Cornago); Hume (Thom); Boggie (Tulloch); Beaton; Tracy. Subs: Combe; Davidson.
Referee: K. Maskell