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2015-2016 Season

Match Reports from the 2015/16 season.

Burntisland Shipyard 1 Eyemouth United 2

Shippy end season on low note.

It was end of season fare at Recreation Park, certainly as far as the Shipyard were concerned as they turned in an uninspiring performance against a determined Eyemouth side that ultimately deserved their victory. All the goals came in the final 18 minutes and the home team would be disappointed not to have taken something from the match after taking the lead but Eyemouth responded quickly to falling behind and went on to get a winner shortly after. Continue Reading

Burntisland Shipyard 4 Ormiston 3

Masson hits twentieth goal as Shippy win thriller.

Kev Masson scored his twentieth goal of the season as the Shipyard edged out Ormiston in a seven goal thriller at Recreation Park last night. With both teams keen to attack the match swung from end to end and the result was still in doubt until the final whistle. With injuries and suspensions taking their toll Raymond Drury had to shuffle his pack again but those who came did not let him down as at the end of the day the Shippy deserved their victory.

Masson celebrates

The Shippy got off to a dream start when they took the lead with only five minutes on the clock. Masson received a pass on the left hand side of the box and steadied himself before rifling the ball into the net and although Ormiston keeper Gavin McQuillan got a hand to the ball he was never going to keep it out. It was 2-0 before there were ten minutes played as Mark James was on hand to knock the ball home after McQuillan failed to deal with a Craig Lowe shot. It was almost three a couple of minutes later but Ewan Henderson was unlucky to see his attempt come back off the post. The visitors began to settle and after finding their feet they shocked the Shippy by scoring two goals in as many minutes with Sean Martin grabbing both of them. His first came when he burst clear of the Shipyard defence and coolly slotted the ball in at Mark Rowbotham’s near post. The second came about as he received the ball in the box and evaded some half-hearted challenges before placing the ball in the far corner of the net with a left foot strike. The game was being played at a furious pace and within a minute Masson could have restored the Shipyard’s lead but his lobbed effort from the edge of the box beat McQuillan but also cleared the bar. After this Ormiston had a strong spell in the match and looked the more likely but it was the hosts who regained the lead when Lowe controlled a pass beat his marker easily, burst into the box and picked his spot for a classy finish. A minute later Big Hendo burst through but he could not keep his strike from the edge of the box down and the chance was lost. George Cunningham passed up a great opportunity to draw his side level but he knocked the ball over the bar from close range.

The Shippy restored their two goal lead in the 53rd minute as Masson claimed his twentieth goal of the season hitting the back of the net with a bicycle kick from around six yards. Within seconds of the Shipyard almost going 5-2 ahead it was suddenly 4-3, as after a Masson shot was blocked it fell to Henderson and his deflected shot came back off the post. Ormiston launched the ball up the park and Martin completed his hat-trick when he got clear of the Shipyard defence and beat Rowbotham with another good finish. Henderson had another good chance for the Shippy but he drove the ball narrowly wide after being set up by Masson. Ormiston pushed hard for a leveller and Pete Bell was in the right place to head a Dean Woods effort off the line following a corner.

After the match the gaffer was happy when he said “It was a hard fought match and it was a real battle but we managed to hold on for the three points which I think we deserved. If we had converted that great chance to make it 5-2, the game was over; however, we then conceded and had to fight to hold on for the win.  Now we will get ready for our final match of the season next Saturday and try to reach the thirty point mark”.

The season draws to a conclusion next week, Saturday 28th May, when the Shipyard host Eyemouth United at Recreation Park, kick off 2.30pm.

Burntisland Shipyard: M. Rowbotham; G. McCann; P. Bell; I. Millar; B. Couper; N. Smart; S. Devaney (R. McCann); M. James; E. Henderson; K. Masson; C. Lowe.

Ormiston: G. McQuillan; C. Milne; A. Jones; S. Devlin; G. Cunningham; M. Smith (A. Dimitrov); M. Osborne; A. Morgan; D. Woods; S. Martin; D. Burdett (M. Hamilton).

Referee: J. Stewart.



Burntisland Shipyard 1 Leith Athletic 3

Shippy lose as Leith secure title.

Leith duly wrapped up the league title but it was not until the 70th minute that they were able to breech a stubborn Shipyard defence and another goal two minutes later made sure the title was secured with a game to play. Shippy manager Raymond Drury had the rare luxury of being able to name five substitutes, however, who would have thought that Ethan Anderson’s sub appearance would have lasted all of thirty seconds as he pulled up with a hamstring injury. Continue Reading

Hawick Royal Albert 3 Burntisland Shipyard 0

Shipyard pay penalty as chances go a begging.

A three nil win might have flattered Hawick but the bottom line is if you don’t take your chances you won’t win the match. Both teams created a whole host of chances but it was the home team who were clinical in front of goal as they bagged the three points. Once again the Shipyard squad was decimated by injury and unavailability and travelled with only eleven recognised players for what was the final away match of the season.

It was the home team who were on top in the early stages as Jon McInally flashed a shot across the face of goal and after a poor clearance from Shippy keeper Mark Rowbotham, Kenneth McMillan saw his lobbed effort drift over the bar. Hawick took the lead in the 18th minute when a shot from the left hand side of the box hit the post and Robert Boyd was on hand to knock the loose ball home. The Shipyard almost drew level immediately when Andy Macdonald played a great pass to Ethan Anderson but the youngsters shot was well saved by Kyle Rankin in the Albert goal. In the 21st minute Ewan Henderson crossed from wide on the left and Adam Doig’s first time strike flew narrowly wide of the post. Anderson then won the ball on the edge of the Hawick box but his shot was off target. After a period of Shipyard pressure Hawick took control of the game again and Ryan Stevenson’s curled attempt from twenty yards was not too far away. Stevenson then shot into the side netting after the ball dropped to him beyond the back post. Another opportunity fell Hawick’s way and Rowbotham did well to save with his legs from McInally. Back at the other end Mark James drove wide from the edge of the box.

Hawick started the second half on top without really troubling Rowbotham and it was the Shippy who went close on 55 minutes when an excellently delivered Conor Drury free-kick was volleyed just wide by James. The visitors were made to rue that miss a minute later as Hawick doubled their lead when McInally tapped home at the back post as the Shipyard defence allowed the ball to get across the face of goal to the unmarked Albert forward. The Shipyard replied with a MacDonald drive that Rankin touched round the post for a corner. McMillan and McInally both had attempts for Hawick before the Shippy really should have pulled a goal back when James was played through on goal but he over ran the ball allowing Rankin to mop up the danger. With eight minutes remaining the Shipyard were handed a golden chance to get back into the match when they were awarded a somewhat controversial penalty when Pete Bell was brought down at the edge of the box. The home players argued that the challenge had taken place outside the area, however, referee Paul Hanlon was adamant that it was on the line, therefore a penalty. Justice may have been done when Rankin dived to his right to save Henderson’s spot kick. A James free-kick was held by Rankin before Hawick wrapped the game up with two minutes remaining when an unmarked Daryl Johnson headed home a corner at the near post.

Manager Raymond Drury said after the game “That was frustrating as we created a lot of chances in the match including missing a penalty and once again my squad was stretched to the limit as I only had eleven players available today”. The gaffer then bemoaned his luck when he added “We didn’t get the luck in front of goal today but it seemed Hawick did, with the first goal being a prime example as the ball came back off the post straight to their player”.  He added “Hopefully we will have a lot stronger a squad available for Tuesday night so that we can put in a good performance”.

Hawick Royal Albert: K. Rankin; C. Robertson; N. Smeaton; R. Boyd; M. McEwen; D. Johnson (M. Lynch); R. Stevenson; J. McPartlin; K. McMillan; K. Mitchell; J. McInally (G. Pettigrew).

Burntisland Shipyard: M. Rowbotham; P. Bell; R. McCann; I. Millar; B. Couper; A. MacDonald; E. Anderson; C. Drury; E. Henderson; M. James (M. Beveridge); A. Doig.

Referee: P. Hanlon.




Peebles Rovers 0 Burntisland Shipyard 2

Shippy win as Rattled Rovers see red.

The Shipyard came away from Peebles with the three points but had to battle all the way as nine man Rovers fought, quite literally on occasion, to take something from the match and it was not until Mark James scored his second goal of the game in the 83rd minute that the points were safe. Once again the Shippy squad was stretched as injury, suspension and unavailability took its toll. Continue Reading

Burntisland Shipyard 1 Duns 0

Duns done by Big Millsy.

The Shipyard got back to winning ways against Duns after the midweek nightmare against Civil Service Strollers and in the process kept up their decent run of home form. The 1-0 scoreline did not fully reflect the story of the match as the Shippy missed some decent opportunities to increase the margin of victory. Any hope Duns had of repeating their 7-2 victory of a few weeks ago were never likely to materialise with the defensive problems the Shippy had that day well and truly behind them. Raymond Drury was forced to shuffle his pack again for this game with top scorer Kevin Masson and defender Ben Couper suspended, Graeme Haywood injured and Stephen Stark, Ewan Fotheringham and Adam Doig all unavailable. Youngster Josh Binnington stepped up from the U/17’s to take a place on the bench. Continue Reading

Civil Service Strollers 4 Burntisland Shipyard 0

Red mist comes down for Shipyard.

When the opposition manager states that three of their goals should not have stood you get the impression that something was amiss, and that was certainly the case on Wednesday night as the Shipyard were on the end of some controversial decisions at a sun drenched Christie Gillies Park. Manager Raymond Drury had the luxury of naming an unchanged starting eleven after Saturday’s win over Heriot Watt University. Continue Reading

Burntisland Shipyard 1 Heriot Watt University 0

Late strike secures win.

A late strike from top scorer Kevin Masson was enough to see the Shipyard take all three points against Heriot Watt University at a sometimes snowy Recreation Park. In a game of few clear cut chances it was the home team that had the most and best opportunities and ultimately deserved their victory. Graeme Haywood, Pete Bell and Ewan Henderson came in for Andy Macdonald, Scott Devaney and Stephen Stark in three changes that manager Raymond Drury was forced to make after Monday night’s defeat to Lothian Thistle HV. Continue Reading