MATCH PREVIEW: BSC forced away from home against Selkirk

BSC vs Selkirk FC, KO 15.00 :: Scottish Sun Lowland League, 25th April, Netherdale Stadium, Galashiels

In their second game of six in two weeks, BSC face Selkirk FC in tomorrow’s rescheduled Scottish Sun Lowland League fixture.

The game, originally meant to be played at Broomhill’s home ground Maryhill Park, was forced to Gala Fairydeans’ home ground after a fixture clash left Manager Iain King lamenting the earlier park problems.

“We were hit with 16 postponements over the winter and when you are sharing a ground - as we do with Maryhill Juniors - that was always going to mean fixture clashes, a logjam and a problem come this time of the season.

"I choose to look at life positively and if we weren't being successful in Cup competition, then we wouldn't have these problems to overcome.”

"We owe a huge thank you to Gala Fairydean Rovers and their boss Steven Noble, who is a great friend of mine, for moving a friendly of their own to give us Netherdale for the game.

"Steven and I worked together on our SFA B Licence course and when I called him he moved heaven and earth to help us. Gala can be assured that in the seasons to come we will repay that debt.

BSC and Selkirk have only met once this season, with the Glasgow club narrowly escaping Yarrow Park with a 3-2 win back in August. Since then, Broomhill, who currently sit 11th in the league, have drawn the past four games, their most recent a 2-2 draw against Gretna courtesy of a late strike from Chris McDougall.

With their impressive run, most recently a midweek 3-0 win over Whitehill Welfare, King believes his side will be confident going into the game.

"Seven games unbeaten, one defeat in 10 and only seven goals conceded gives us confidence and there is no reason why we can't keep it going.

"The warning for the boys is that when we drop the levels of intensity and tempo we are playing at - as we did in the first 45 minutes at Threave Rovers - then we can look an ordinary side.”

Midfielder Ross McKinnon, who’s scored two goals in the past two games, is thrilled with his sides’ performances, and hopes that he can continue his recent goal-scoring streak.

“I’m really happy to get the goals, especially free kicks! Hopefully I can grab a few more goals for the team as midfielders need to chip in with some goals. It makes it that bit easier for the strikers as the pressure is off them.”

It’ll be a tough final month for the boys, with their Cup Final to round it off at the end of May. Yet despite their season coming to a close, McKinnon insists that the final remaining league games are just as essential for the squad.

“I think these games are just as important as the cup games. We are on a great run just now and don't want to stop the momentum of playing well and getting results. The boys are really starting to bond as a team on and off the park, there have been numerous injuries and new faces throughout the season, but now we have a solid/fit squad and the guys are willing to go through a brick wall for each other and everyone is playing their part!”

King, who is looking to finish his first season with the club on a high, agrees that his side must maintain their current level of intensity for the remainder of their season.

"It is hugely important that we maintain our levels of performance ahead of the Cup Final, you can't just flick the switch on and off.

"The boys are really focused right now and working so hard in games. I know that togetherness can give us the end of the season we all want.”


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