Match Preview: BSC to be tested by Gretna
BSC vs Gretna 2008, KO 15.00 :: Scottish Sun Lowland League
18th April, Lochburn Park
Tomorrow, BSC return back home to Lochburn Park as they welcome Gretna 2008 in the Scottish Sun Lowland League.
Gretna, currently led by Stuart Rome and his coaching staff, sit third in the league, just one point behind East Kilbride in second. Recently coming off a 2-0 home win over Dalbeattie Star, Rome and his side will surely be looking for three points in their final league match of the season, and the opportunity to jump to second for at least one weekend.
BSC, bolstered by manager Iain King and his coaching staff committing to the club until the Summer of 2018, will be looking to continue their improvement over the past few weeks. Despite a disappointing draw last weekend away at bottom-dwellers Threave Rovers, the side has drastically improved their form, which has seen them thump League leaders Edinburgh City 5-0 to set up their first opportunity for silverware as they reached the SFA Challenge Cup Final.
Despite their impressive cup success in their first year, BSC have been unable to replicate their success in the league, currently sitting 11th. With several games postponed over the winter period due to park concerns, Broomhill have the opportunity to climb up the table with five league games remaining, all of which are at home.
Manager King is aware of the importance of the next few days for his side, both in the league and in their Cup exploits.
He said: “I’m really looking forward to the game against Gretna 2008 as should the players be as we begin a crucial spell of six games in 17 days.
“I told them last week every second counted and every minute mattered before our Challenge Cup Final and I meant that.”
Striker Chris McDougall, who’s recently returned after a long spell out due to injury, is looking forward to the challenge his side will face tomorrow.
He said: “I’m looking forward to the game on Saturday. It will be a difficult game, we know that, but one the boys feel we can win.”
BSC have only run into Gretna once this season, away to the visitors in the league back in August. The match proved an eye-opener for BSC as far as what level was expected in the League, with Gretna running out 6-0 winners.
“We played Gretna at the start of the season and they gave us a bit of a battering,” commented McDougall, “but we have a different look to your side since then and also a new management team who have the team playing well.
King, who will be facing Gretna for the first time with BSC, is aware of the previous result, along with this past weekends disappointment at Threave, but is positive that times have changed.
He said: “The squad has changed around a lot but there are still players here from earlier in the season when BSC lost 6-0 at Raydale before we arrived.
“The boys know they’re playing for places now and they know we won't accept a performance like the first 45 minutes at Threave again.
"That was the first time in eight games our standards have dropped that low and I'm convinced it was a blip.
“We will have to be at our best to get something out of this but we have lost just one of the last eight games and conceded only five goals in the process.
McDougall, who will hope to be involved in this weekends match, knows what is needed this weekend in order for his side to be successful.
He said: “I think this week we have to make more use of the ball when we have it. Last week away to Threave was probably the worst we have played in the past couple of months. Gretna are a good side so we will have to be at our best on Saturday.
All focus will be on tomorrow’s game and getting three points, something King knows is essential if they hope to find more success in the rest of their season.
"We have to get over the fact we have made the Final now. It is one achievement in this season and there are others to rack up before we get to that game on May 23."