Swift's Boys Brave The Elements
Hawick Royal Albert 2 – 3 BSC Glasgow :: Ferrari Packaging Lowland League :: Albert Park, Hawick :: 15th April 2017
Written by Sam Jenkinson
Stephen Swift and his coaching staff got off to the perfect start in charge of BSC Glasgow, with goals from Spencer Brown, Lewis Bell and Matt Niven rewarding them will all three points despite a spirited Hawick performance.
An action packed first 20 minutes saw BSC go 2-1 up at the break before Niven slammed home from a corner to put his side two goals up with half an hour to go.
Josh Morris grabbed his second of the day late on for the home side but Swift’s side saw the closing stages out well.
Brown came in for his first start and grabbed his first goal only eleven minutes in. The wide midfielder picked the ball up inside the area before taking the ball past full back Shaun Spence and finishing low into the bottom right corner.
And it was two only minutes later. After Brown was taken out by Spence on the right, Gerard Traynor swung in the free kick right onto the head of Bell, who left Hawick goalkeeper Andy Jack in no man’s land.
From the home side’s very next attack, Morris snuck onto a chipped ball forward to take the ball past BSC keeper Stephen Barr and finish to half the lead.
With the home side growing into the game, Morris looked to make their pressure pay off with an arrowed low ball across the box but there was no one on the end of it.
Hamish Hunter nearly equalised with a ridiculous volley attempt but it smacked off the inside of Barr’s right post and BSC went in a goal to the good at the break.
Aidan Ferris looked to take matters into his own hands early in the second half, with his turn and shot from distance pushed wide by Jack.
Traynor then had a superb overhead volley attempt go over as BSC started the second period with pace and confidence.
It was a perfectly simple goal that came next, however, with Niven on hand to finish into the top corner from inside the six-yard box following an excellent corner from Traynor.
Youngster Ayden Nicol came on to make his first appearance for BSC with fifteen minutes to go, replacing Jamie Cunningham out wide and making some nice touches.
Daryl Johnson saw red for the home side after he reacted to a foul by Arnault Bembo, before Morris picked up the ball inside the area and smashed across goal to give Hawick a fighting chance in the closing stages.
BSC held possession well and restricted the home side to hopeful launches into the area. With the win, they push themselves up to seventh with next week’s curtain call against Whitehill Welfare still to come.
Welfare will be looking to get revenge after BSC visited Ferguson Park and scored five last time the two sides met in October. Ferris and Riccardo Corrieri grabbed a double that day and Swift will be hoping that his new side perform similarly this time out as the Lowland League draws to a close.
Team: Barr; Bowers, Bell, Niven, Traynor; Brown (Duncan, 67), Redpath, Bembo, Cunningham (Nicol, 77); Ferris, Jones (Lyons, 64)
Not Used: Wilton, Toner