Cameron shines as Shipyard secure vital win.
The Shipyard squad was boosted with the inclusion of ex Raith Rovers, Hearts, Wolves and Scotland star Colin Cameron as a trialist and he did not disappoint as he scored a fine goal towards the end of the first half. Jordan Crombie, Brendan Napier and Grant Blyth dropped out from the starting eleven with their places being taken by Cameron, Craig Lowe and Dale Robertson. Andy MacDonald returned from a few weeks out to take a place on the bench. This match had been switched from Hawick due to the Albert Park pitch being unplayable, however, there was no such issue’s at Recreation Park with the pitch being in reasonable condition despite the poor weather.
The Shipyard started the match well as they passed the ball around neatly and created a good chance in the 5th minute when a Lowe cross found Jamie Fyfe at the back post but his effort was gathered by Hawick keeper Dean Fry, though perhaps Fyfe should have done better. In the 9th minute Cameron drove forward and saw his shot from the edge of the box pushed round the post by Fry. The home team took the lead from the resultant corner when Robertson’s fine delivery was nodded in by Blair Smart from close range. Hawick had their first attempt in the 16th minute when Ronald Fleming back headed a long throw but Jordan Mushet in the Shipyard goals was equal to the task. The Shipyard continued to look the more likely side as Fry held a Cameron free-kick and after a good passing move, Robertson’s shot from the angle of the box was not too far away. In a rare Hawick attack Michael Smith fired the ball across the face of the Shipyard goal but four minutes later in the 38th minute the Shipyard doubled their lead with a fine goal. Cameron picked the ball up around halfway and played the ball into Keith Buckley’s feet. He took the return pass and burst through the Hawick defence before coolly rolling the ball beyond Fry and into the net. Twice in as many minutes the Shipyard had chance to increase their lead as firstly Pete Bell did not react to a Fyfe ball across the six yard line and then Fry made a double save as he blocked Lowe’s shot with his legs and then got up to push Robertson’s follow up shot into the air and the ball was then cleared off the line by the Hawick defence.
The second half was a lot quieter with little goalmouth action in the first ten minutes or so, however, that changed in the 59th minute when Fyfe drove the ball powerfully into the roof of the net from a tight angle to make it 3-0 after being set-up by Lowe. Fleming headed a loose ball wide as Hawick tried to get into the match and at the other end a Buckley shot was deflected over for a corner. Hawick’s chances of getting anything out of the match almost totally disappeared a few minutes later when Sean Loughlin was sent off for an off the ball kick at Kevin Masson. In fairness to Hawick they seemed to throw caution to the wind and went on to have their best spell of the match in the closing stages and pulled a goal back with five minutes remaining. The Shipyard defence failed to clear a corner and substitute Paul Brown hooked the ball home from around ten yards. Hawick sensed an opportunity and pushed the Shipyard back with Andy MacDonald having to clear a loose ball from inside the six yard box and after that there was an almighty scramble in the Shipyard box with three Hawick attempts all blocked before the ball was eventually cleared. Deep into added time the Shipyard almost added a fourth but Lowe’s flicked effort came back off the post and was cleared. The result saw the Shipyard climb off the bottom of the table and up to seventh place leapfrogging Duns, Peebles and Hawick.
Although pleased to have won the match Myles was not getting carried away with the result when he said “Due to the conditions, today was just about digging out a result. Although it wasn’t pretty at times, I think the scoreline was a fair reflection on the game and there can be no doubt about the work rate of every one of the guys. I think we could definitely have had a goal or two more in the first half but the second half was a bit scrappier and we didn’t really start again after half time”.
He went on to add “Obviously it helped us having Colin playing today and his experience helped out the other guys in the team. He has been training with us for a few weeks and I’ve been nipping his ear about playing so it was great to have him available today and it was good to see him scoring his goal too. I thought Pete Bell was excellent also and he looks like he has been a left back all his life. He is getting better every week and it’s great to see. It’s unusual to play the same team on consecutive weeks but I know that next week Hawick will be determined to get a bit of revenge so it’s imperative that we show a similar attitude when we go down there”.
Teams: Burntisland Shipyard: J. Mushet; G. Bridges; P. Bell; B. Smart; C. McKay; K. Masson (A. MacDonald); J. Fyfe (G. Blyth); C. Lowe; K. Buckley; C. Cameron; D. Robertson ( J. Crombie). Unused Subs: S. Blake & L. Henderson.
Hawick Royal Albert: D. Fry; K. Fettes; G. Shillinglaw (I. Zenati); S. Loughlin; S. Fallon; M. McKenzie; R. Fleming; D. Hogg ( P. Brown); K. Strathdee; M. Smith (P. Walkingshaw); G. Young. Unused Subs: M. McFerrin & G. Johnston.
Referee: S. McLean.