Mozza Manages BSC Part 1: The Rules

Well, here we are – I finally managed to sign a contract with a professional football club, achieving a boyhood dream! In case you missed it, Lowland League challengers BSC Glasgow signed me up as their official eSports Partner, and I’ll be taking over as ‘eManager’ for an ongoing series on the new club website. Sure, I never made it as a player, but at least this way I get to justify playing Football Manager as a job (the fiancée remains to be convinced) and avoid the fitness training!

I’ve set myself a couple of basic rules for this project, to try and make the updates more enjoyable for everyone:

  • Realism is key. I’ll use the same squad as Swifty has from the start of this (2017/18) season, and will only be allowed to make any changes from the January transfer window – with the possible exception of an additional loanee.
  • The backroom staff stay in place through the whole first season (assuming they don’t get miffed with my approach and leave themselves) and we’ll see what happens in the summer.
  • Big Ross McMillan will be captain, as is the case just now.

Here’s the updated squad that I’ll be leading into the Lowland League campaign. I take no responsibility for the star ratings, Michael Moore’s virtual alter-ego came up with those…and you wouldn’t pick a fight with him, would you?

Expect to see these posted every second Wednesday, and do feel free to give me some feedback on twitter @MozzaPlays. I’m no Mourinho, which might be for the best given I’m trying to bring excitement to The Indodrill!

Thanks for reading, and let’s #KeepFighting.

Selkirk Report: BSC Keep Up The Pressure

BSC Glasgow kept the pressure on league leaders East Kilbride with a gritty 1-0 win against Selkirk at the Indodrill Stadium on Saturday.

The Indodrill Stadium

They extend their unbeaten run to five with a result made more important by the performances of those around them in the table. It was yet another example of their credentials as a major player in the Lowland League title race.

BSC started in typically imposing fashion with the kicking of returning goalkeeper, Ryan Marshall, central to their attacking threat. The strength and power of Martin Grehan made it an uncomfortable beginning to the game for the Selkirk defence. This brought about early chances for the likes of Ryan McStay and Jack Smith, though the quality in the finishing was left with a bit to be desired.

The breakthrough eventually came midway through the first half when a lovely flowing move, again originating from the boot of Marshall, freed up Smith down the right wing who floated a cross over to Robbie Duncan who nodded past Gregor Amos. It gave the Glasgow side a deserved lead after they had kept the visitors in their own half for much of the opening period of the game.

They were clearly keen to build on this first half superiority and were unlucky not to do so when Jamie Mills burst into the box, only for his tame effort to be easily palmed away by Amos. The skied rebound from Smith summed up what was a poor afternoon in front of goal for the young striker.

However, as long as the scoreline read 1-0, BSC, who had looked decidedly comfortable for much of the game, were beginning to let Selkirk back into a contest that they really had no right to be in. The second half was a testament to this as a lack of conviction going forward from the Glasgow side was allowing the visitors a route back into the game.

Helped by some resolute defending in the face of BSC’s search for a second, Selkirk were beginning to look an altogether more dangerous force going forward. Jordan Hopkinson and Dale Baxter were finding space in front of the BSC defence giving what should have been a comfortable afternoon for them a nervy finish.

Perhaps it was the nerves that the Selkirk pressure was generating that got to Josh McArthur when he was caught horribly in possession just inside the BSC half. Daryl Healy pounced and charged in on Marshall’s goal, nobody in sight to prevent the inevitable. Marshall was to show exactly why he is BSC’s first choice goalkeeper, though, as he stood up to the big Souters striker and saved well to his right.

The miss appeared to deflate the Selkirk revival and BSC gradually got more of a hold on the game. Late chances for Grehan and substitute James Stokes came and went but the die had already been cast. The Glasgow side held on to continue their unbeaten start to 2018.