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2017-2018 Season

Burntisland Shipyard 1 Preston Athletic 2

Shipyard caught on the hop.

The Shipyard suffered a narrow 2-1 defeat to Preston Athletic on Saturday morning as Groundhop UK visited Recreation Park for the first of four scheduled fixtures the hoppers were taking in. The bitterly cold and blustery East wind made playing conditions extremely difficult for the players but at the end of the day, the spectators probably enjoyed a competitive match that had plenty of incidents throughout. There is no doubt the Shippy rued a late penalty miss that could have earned a point, though justice might have been done as the award looked harsh to say the least. Lee Halpin, Sean Johnstone and Scott Powrie were all missing from the squad on duty for the last fixture at Coldstream. Continue Reading

Coldstream 0 Burntisland Shipyard 2

Shippy stretch their winning run against resilient Coldstream.

To say the Shippy made heavy weather of beating nine-man Coldstream would be an understatement, however, at the end of the day the three points travelled north as second half goals from John Martin and Reece Brown settled the match. The aforementioned Brown and Johnny Galloway’s brother Jordan came into the squad as the Shipyard headed to the borders in confident mood following successive league victories. Continue Reading

Burntisland Shipyard 10 Eyemouth United 3

Super Shippy smash ten in record win.

The Shipyard went goal crazy on Saturday as records tumbled on an amazing afternoon at Recreation Park. Since joining the East of Scotland League this was the biggest winning margin, the most goals scored in a game and the most goals scored by an individual player in a game as John Martin netted four of the ten goals. Spare a thought though for big John Crawford as the Eyemouth striker netted all three of his team’s goals and took his tally for the season to twenty.

This was the Shipyard’s day however and along with Martin’s four goals young Sean Johnstone helped himself to a hat-trick, Lee Halpin netted on his return, Brodie Hamilton got himself on the score sheet and Scott Powrie was the man who took the score to double figures. Continue Reading

Stirling University 1 Burntisland Shipyard 4

Impressive Shippy give students a lesson.

The Shipyard recorded their first away win of the season in fine style as they completed a league double over Stirling University winning 4-1 at the Gannochy Sports Centre on Saturday. In a day of firsts, loan signing John Martin helped himself to a double on his debut, scoring the first and fourth goals while Sean Johnstone also got his first goal for the Shippy. Jonny Galloway was the other man on target.

The Shipyard squad was without the suspended Callum McAulay and the unfortunate Sean Malpas who picked up a serious knee injury in training during the week. It was wet and blustery overhead while the heavy pitch made the underfoot conditions difficult. Continue Reading

Burntisland Shipyard 0 Heriot Watt University 1

Shipyard lack cutting edge in narrow defeat.

Heriot Watt University left Recreation Park with all three points thanks to the only goal of the game scored by Anton Dowds and realistically the Shipyard can have no complaints as in a game of very few chances, the visitors created the more clear-cut opportunities and also looked more solid defensively. Throw in the fact that the students played for more than half an hour with ten men after Jackson Barker was shown a red card, then the Shipyard only have themselves to blame for losing this match.

There were home debuts for Ross Lennie and Sean Johnstone with latest signing Ryan Adamson taking his place in the Shippy goals for the first time. Five under 20’s were also included in the squad. Continue Reading

Kelty Hearts 4 Burntisland Shipyard 0

No new year cheer for the Shipyard at Kelty.

Who would have thought five years ago that the stand out match in the East of Scotland League opening fixtures of 2018 would have been a Fife derby between Kelty Hearts and Burntisland Shipyard. Both clubs have invested heavily in order to obtain their SFA Club licences and embrace the “Pyramid system”, so it was fitting that a crowd of 200+ was in attendance at New Central Park to watch the match.
The Shipyard gave competitive debuts to Ross Lennie, Hamish Thomson and Sean Johnstone as manager Grant Brough continues to re-shape his squad. Sean Malpas returned between the sticks having been out injured with a fractured arm since the home fixture against Leith Athletic. Continue Reading

Leith Athletic 3 Burntisland Shipyard 1

Shipyard suffer League Cup woe.

The Shipyard were the visitors when the curtain came down for the last time at Meadowbank Stadium on Saturday as the whole complex is to be demolished and replaced with a new state of the art facility in the next few years. There was no cameo role for the Shippy though as the hosts ran out 3-1 winners, however, the Shipyard will be disappointed with the outcome having had chances, particularly in the first half, but were only able to covert one. Also, the nature of the way that goals were conceded will have given manager Grant Brough cause for concern.

Sandy Strang returned to the starting eleven having been out since the Eyemouth match at the beginning of November with a broken toe but keeper Sean Malpas remained sidelined with the arm injury he sustained in the previous encounter with Leith, while Scott Powrie replaced Kieran Annandale at full back.  Continue Reading

Ormiston 2 Burntisland Shipyard 0

Poor show from disappointing Shipyard.

The last couple of weeks have been hard luck stories after good performances against Selkirk and Leith but there was no misfortune against Ormiston as the Shipyard turned in a thoroughly abject display losing 2-0 at the Hibernian Training Centre.

It was a tough watch on a bitterly cold day in East Lothian as too many Shippy players simply failed to turn up. Ormiston weren’t brilliant by any stretch of the imagination but they didn’t have to be as it was all to easy for them. The Shipyard were guilty of overplaying as they attempted five passes when one would have been enough, with all of this meaning very few chances were created. The one outstanding chance the Shipyard did have was wasted when Sam Glancy blasted the ball straight at the keeper when he was clean through on goal early in the second half, with the home team only leading 1-0 at the time. Continue Reading