Shippy lose out in scrappy encounter.
Reece Brown scored from the spot.
The Shipyard’s indifferent start to the season continued as they went down 2-1 to Preston Athletic on Saturday at Recreation Park. Neither team showed much in the way of quality in a game littered with mistakes and it was also very stop-start as the referee blew time and again for infringements. Taking all this into account, it was no surprise that the winning goal summed up the entire ninety minutes as it was somewhat scrappy and controversial to say the least. Once again manager Grant Brough had to shuffle his pack as injuries, suspension and unavailability curtailed his options, however, it gave him the chance to have a look at a couple of trialist.
It was the visitors who had the better of the early exchanges as Nathan Stokes slashed wide in the 2nd minute and Macauley Woodcock fired a free-kick over the bar. The Panners took the lead in the 20th minute when a deflected cross looped to the back post and with the Shippy defenders guilty of ball watching, Robbie Carter stole in to bundle the ball home. Rab Kinnaird had the Shippy’s first effort but he was well off target with his first-time strike. Preston had two good chances in as many minutes but Stokes shot wide and the same player was denied by good save from Ryan Connor who was making his first start of the season. Jordan Galloway shifted the ball across the box and he was unlucky to see his left foot shot hit the outside of the post and bounce to safety. The Shipyard were awarded a penalty as the half moved into added time when Reece Bernard was tripped in the box and Reece Brown stepped up to send Craig Pennycuick the wrong way and level the score.
Pete Bell showed great skill as he skipped past a couple of players but no-one was able to get on the end of his cross when it came in. Connor got down well to push a Lewis Turkington drive round the post, however, neither team was creating much in the way of chances in a drab second half. Kinnaird was off target as he connected with a Johnny Galloway cross before the visitors struck the winner. Following a long throw, the ball dropped at the front post and in the ensuing scramble the ball bounced down off the bar and was knocked over the line. Despite vehement protests from the Shipyard players who were adamant there was an offside the referee awarded the goal. As the game drew to a close a speculative cross caught out Connor and the keeper was relieved to see the ball bounce back off the woodwork.
The road to Hampden starts on Saturday (11/08/2018) for the Shipyard as they head North in a near 400 miles round trip to face Golspie Sutherland in the William Hill Scottish Cup Preliminary Round.
Burntisland Shipyard: R. Connor, A. Trialist, R. O’Donnell, P. Bell, T. Graham, S. Strang (C. Simpson), Jor. Galloway, R. Kinnaird, R. Brown, Jon. Galloway, R. Bernard (B. Trialist). Unused Subs: S. Powrie & C. Trialist.
Preston Athletic: C. Pennycuick, R. Carter (K. Austin), D. Ndiweni, M. McFarlane, D. Liddle, C. Innes (A. Dimitrov), M. Woodcock, L. Turkington, J. Cochrane, M. Law (M. Reid), N. Stokes. Unused Sub: J. Jardine.
Referee: K. Kennedy.
Athletic out-muscle Shipyard in narrow win.
Pete Bell returned to starting line-up
The Shipyard produced a much better performance against Musselburgh Athletic on Wednesday night but again they had no points to show for their efforts as the visitors recorded a narrow win. It was a frustrating night for the Shippy players as again the decisions seemed to go against them, however, they can take a lot of positives from a game where their effort and commitment could not be questioned. Pete Bell, Dean Anderson and Rab Kinnaird returned to the squad having missed the weekend match against Dunipace.
The earlier kick-off turned out to be a wise decision given the overhead conditions as it was quite dark come the scheduled finishing time. Spare a thought though for the Musselburgh fans that arrived late due to the usual traffic congestion at the Queensferry crossing.
The Shipyard created the first chance after six minutes but Johnny Galloway saw his curling shot drift wide. Meanwhile at the other end Gary Nicholson headed over then Ryan Adamson saved well from Matthew Lynch following a corner. David Maskrey failed to hit the target when he was presented with a chance in the 23rd minute. The Shippy trialist had to come off injured after 25 minutes and he was replaced by Reece Bernard. A well worked corner from the Shipyard presented a chance to Tam Graham but he headed over from a decent position. A loud Shipyard shout for a Penalty when Jordan Galloway was pushed over in the box was dismissed by the referee, nevertheless, Musselburgh continued to dominate proceedings and they came very close on the stroke of half-time as Sam Glancy did well to hack the ball off the line. The ball broke to a Musselburgh player but the referee was not fooled by his theatrical dive and booked him for his troubles. The high pressing game the Shipyard were playing certainly upset the visitor’s rhythm and manager Grant Brough must have been pleased by the endeavour his players had shown.
The second half was only five minutes old when Conor Thomson went down under an innocuous challenge in the home area and this time the referee did somewhat harshly point to the spot, however, many would say justice was done when John McManus blasted the ball wide. The visitors broke the deadlock on the hour mark when the ball fell kindly for McManus inside the box and he made amends for his penalty miss as he placed his shot just inside the post giving Adamson no chance. The Shippy players stuck to their task, continuing to close down space and limit the visitor’s opportunities, who as the match wore on were unsure whether to stick or twist. A fine Glancy cross set up a chance for Reece Bernard but the substitute could not direct his effort on target. In the closing minutes Musselburgh were happy to wind down the clock and see out time and take the points back over the bridge.
Burntisland Shipyard: R. Adamson, P. Bell (C. Simpson)., S. Glancy, D. Anderson, T. Graham, S. Strang, Jor. Galloway, R. Kinnaird, R. Brown (B. Trialist), Jon. Galloway, A. Trialist (R. Bernard). Unused Sub: R. Connor.
Musselburgh Athletic: D. Cornet, M. Lynch, J. McManus, M. Moffat, G. Cherrie, C. Thomson, M. King, D. Maskrey, M. Deland, G. Nicholson, J. Gillan. Subs: B. Whyte, B. Hogg, L. Gregory, N. Evans, A. Tufail.
Referee: J. Curran.
Shippy off the pace in season opener.
Defender Ross Lennie missed the match through injury.
The Shipyard paid the penalty as some poor decision making saw them kick off the season with a very disappointing 3-0 defeat to Dunipace in the League Cup at Recreation Park. It was a makeshift central defence that lined up for the Shippy with regular pairing Ross Lennie and Dean Anderson on the injury list and back up Pete Bell still on holiday. Continue Reading
Shippy complete pre-season in style.
Reece Brown receives the congratulations from his team mates.
The Shipyard completed their pre-season programme with a comprehensive 3-0 victory over Kinnoull JFC at Recreation Park on Saturday. It was a good moral boosting win for Grant Brough’s squad following last week’s disappointing result and performance against Glenrothes JFC. Once again it was testing conditions for the players as the mercury rose, with the hard underfoot conditions not helping either. Youngster Reece Brown stole the show as he scored a hat-trick against the Perth Juniors and he will have put himself at the forefront of the managers thoughts as the competitive stuff gets underway next week.
With next week’s opponents Dunipace not having completed their ground improvements the League Cup match will now take place at Recreation Park, Burntisland. Kick off 2.30pm.
Burntisland Shipyard: R. Adamson, R. O’Donnell, S. Glancy, D. Anderson, T. Graham, C. Simpson, R. Kinnaird, S. Strang, J. Martin, Jon. Galloway, R. Brown, Jor. Galloway, C. McAulay, S. Powrie.
Referee: S. Gill
Poor showing for Shippy in warm up match.
Grant Brough didn’t get what he was looking for from his team as they turned in a poor performance against the Glens at Recreation Park. Although his squad was somewhat depleted, particularly in defence, he was entitled to expect more from the players as the quest for a starting slot intensifies. After a goalless first half the Shippy were hit by a quick double at the start of the second period and they never recovered from that double whammy and conceded a third goal midway through the half. Grant will be hoping that Dean Anderson and Ross Lennie recover quickly with the new season looming on the horizon.
Shippy players feel the heat.
The pre-season build up for the Shipyard players continued in gruelling conditions as they had to contend with a hard-bumpy pitch and high temperatures as the sun shone down on King George V Park in Leven.
The Shippy went down 2-1 to Kennoway Star Hearts and it was the nature of the two goals conceded that would have troubled manager Grant Brough more than anything else. The second goal in particular would give any manager cause for concern, with a corner kick allowed to bounce through the six-yard box before being tapped home at the back post. Scott Powrie scored the Shipyard goal when he got on the end of a Callum McAulay cross and rolled the ball in at the back post.
Burntisland Shipyard: R. Connor, R. O’Donnell, R. Bernard, R. Lennie, S. Strang, C. Simpson, R. Kinnaird, S. Glancy, J. Martin, Jor. Galloway, R. Brown, Jon. Galloway, C. McAulay, S. Powrie, T. Graham, S. Innes.
Referee: K. Hall.
All square in first friendly.
The Shipyard got their pre-season programme underway on Thursday night with a 1-1 draw against Berwick Rangers Reserves at Recreation Park. Charlie Simpson and Reece Bernard made their debuts as they pulled on a Shipyard strip for the first time.
Shippy keeper Ryan Adamson saved an early penalty given for handball, on the advice of the assistant, as the game remained goalless for the first 45 minutes. The visitors took the lead after 51 minutes; however, it did not take the Shippy too long to get back on level terms as Sam Glancy smashed an unstoppable effort into the net. Glancy almost got another late on but agonisingly for him his shot hit the inside of post and spun away for a goal kick despite Tam Graham’s best efforts to knock home the loose ball.
Burntisland Shipyard: R. Adamson; S. Powrie; R. O’Donnell; R. Lennie; T. Graham; C. Simpson; R. Kinnaird; C. McAulay; J. Martin; R. Bernard; Jor. Galloway; R. Connor; Jon. Galloway; R. Brown; S. Strang; D. Anderson; P. Bell; S. Glancy; S. Innes.
Referee: B. Dickson.
East of Scotland Qualifying League: Group H
The Shipyard will kick off their season with a trip to face newcomers Dunipace on Saturday 28th July 2018 in a League Cup group H match. This will be a huge match for the hosts as they make their senior debut in East of Scotland Football League (EoSFL) competition at Westfield Park. The Denny based team arrive in the EoSFL having left the Central District Second Division in the juniors where they finished 11th.
The first match at Recreation Park will see another newcomer providing the opposition with Musselburgh Athletic facing the Shippy on Wednesday 1st August 2018. The visitors arrive in the EoSFL on the back of a title winning campaign, having won the East Region Premier Division and with promotion to the Super League beckoning, before deciding to up sticks and join the senior ranks.
Due to the nature of the draw the Shipyard have a second home match in the group with Preston Athletic making the trip across the Forth on Saturday 4th August 2018. Athletic finished a very creditable 3rd in the EoSFL having been relegated from the Lowland League the previous season and if it had not been for the outstanding consistency show by both Kelty Hearts and Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale, then the Prestonpans outfit might have made an immediate return to tier five.