Author: Martin Fleming

Lowland League Preview – East Kilbride (A)

We’re finally back in Lowland League action! The excitement of the Scottish Cup has died down and the players are itching to get back into action.

With our game against University of Stirling postponed last weekend, our last league outing was a solid 4-1 win against Berwick Rangers and as we approach the final third of the campaign, Stephen Swift and the players will want to take every point available in the run-in.

We travel to K-Park for the second time this year, having secured that all-important 3-1 win over Kilby in mid-January which put us through to the last sixteen of the William Hill Scottish Cup. Despite a 4-1 defeat in that round against Premiership Hibernian, the morale in the camp is still at an all-time high and where better to continue our positive run than another win on the defending champions’ home turf.

Kilby currently find themselves in managerial limbo. With Jim Paterson and Dean Shanks handing in their notices at K-Park, Craig Malcolm and David Proctor have been forced to step into the interim position until a new manager is found.

EK will not be the only ones desperate to get back into league action as their last two games have been forced postponement due to the weather. They haven’t played since the start of the month and will want to bounce back from that surprising 2-2 draw with Gala Fairydean Rovers.

With our new fixture list cemented and a lot of midweek games confirmed, all points gained will be massive in continuing what is, without a doubt, the most important season in our short history. 

Lowland League Preview: Berwick Rangers (H)

Back in November, we had the pleasure of traveling down to Shielfield Park securing a 1-0 win in a hard fought game in which a Thomas Collins penalty was the difference between the two sides.

While the focus of many off the field may be on next weekend, the players and manager will be fully focused as they look to avoid another nervy affair against the men from across the border.

Coming off that 4-1 win over Caledonian Braves last weekend is a positive for BSC Glasgow after a tough first half at Alliance Park, however, Ian Little’s men do not have that luxury.

Suffering a 2-0 defeat at the hands of East Kilbride, the Black and Gold haven’t won a fixture since the end of December when they were able to seal a win over Caledonian Braves. With only draws over Gretna 2008 and Gala Fairydean Rovers, Berwick Rangers will be desperate for points to pull them away from the bottom six.

Another potential positive for BSC Glasgow is that Ricky Miller (who was signed with BSC at the beginning of the season before moving Berwick Rangers), a player who caused us some issues back in November has since moved to East Kilbride along with striker Daryl Healy.

However, the manager will not underestimate Berwick, who have been in recruitment mode throughout January and could potentially prove a very different prospect to the team that we met at Shielfield Park. 

We’ll have a limited number of Terracing tickets for the Hibernian Scottish Cup match available at the ground today too, so if you’ve not got one yet this is your chance.

If you’re travelling to the game then here’s everything you need to know: BSC Glasgow Tickets & Travel

If you’re following the game online then, as usual, we’ll have all the usual nonsense for you on Twitter from around 2pm: @BSCGlasgow

Scottish Cup Preview – East Kilbride (A)

It’s finally here! The Fourth Round of the William Hill Scottish Cup and we make the trip to K-Park for what – you might argue – is the most important game of our short history.

Out of all the potential ties BSC Glasgow could’ve drawn in this round, fate would have it that there is to be a Lowland League battle for a place in the last sixteen.

This all-important fixture came our way after a pair of matches over Lochee United allowed us the chance to shock Scottish football by producing a miraculous comeback against East Fife in the Third Round, although we don’t really like to talk about that…

…cough…

East Kilbride found their way into this round thanks to a comfortable 3-1 win over fellow Lowland League outfit Gretna 2008 in the Second Round followed by a 4-0 victory over Highland League side Formartine United.

In recent weeks, both sides have had the added luxury of an extra week of rest due to the weather postponing a handful of Lowland League fixtures last weekend. BSC’s last league outing saw only our second defeat of the season as Bonnyrigg Rose grabbed a last minute winner. East Kilbride however will be more pleased with their first game of 2020, having demolished Cumbernauld Colts 7-0.

Our recent history with East Kilbride has been a bit of a mixed bag. Last season saw the eventual title winners win by a three-goal margin at the Indodrill. It wasn’t until we travelled to K-Park, on the day they were to be presented with the trophy that we took a measure of revenge with a 2-1 victory handing them their only home defeat of the season. Back in October, it was a point apiece at the Indodrill thanks to goals from Thomas Orr and Graeme Holmes.

This is one of the most important games of the season for either team and with a both forward lines are the ones to watch. Thomas Orr, Thomas Collins, Ruari Paton and Craig Malcolm, will ask questions of both defences and come Sunday, both teams will do anything to see their name in the draw of the last sixteen of the Scottish Cup. 

This one is too close to call, but one thing’s for sure, we are ready.

LET’S DO THIS!

Lowland League Preview: Civil Service Strollers (A)

We’re back on the road this weekend as we travel to Christie Gillies Park to play Civil Service Strollers hoping to put the disappointment of last weekend’s result against Bonnyrigg Rose behind us.

It was only our second defeat of the league campaign last Friday – despite coming back from 2-0 down, a last minute corner allowed Bonnyrigg Rose to take the three points. We’ll need to get back to winning ways this weekend to keep the confidence high ahead of our Scottish Cup Fourth Round tie with East Kilbride the following weekend.

Gary Jardine’s Strollers host us with an air of confidence after they were victorious in the North Edinburgh derby last weekend.  A lone goal from trialist Archie Rue gave CSS a huge win and climb back into fifth place, six points behind BSC.

Back in November, goals from Robbie McNab, Declan Hughes, Thomas Orr and Thomas Collins secured a 4-1 win against Civil Service Strollers at home… so let’s hope for a bit more of that despite Christie Gillies Park being a really tough place to go.

Match Preview: Berwick Rangers (A)

Once again, we’re scheduled to make the beautiful journey to England this weekend (weather permitting) to take on Berwick Rangers at Shielfield Park after our midweek fixture was postponed a couple of weeks ago.

Hopefully the BSC men won’t have celebrated too hard after our monumental victory over East Fife last weekend in the Scottish Cup. Did we mention that? We came behind from 3-1 for Thomas Orr to score in the last minute and secure our first ever fourth round place? No? Kept that quiet, eh?

Well, before the biggest win of our history, we defeated Civil Service Strollers 4-1 in the league so confidence should be running high. We currently sit in fourth place but still hold that crucial game in hand over third placed Bonnyrigg Rose and league leaders Kelty Hearts plus three games in hand over second East Stirlingshire so everything is still to play for.

Berwick Rangers haven’t exactly got off to the start they would have hoped for in their inaugural Lowland League campaign. Currently sitting uncomfortably in a twelfth place spot only two points shy of the bottom four, any points they can grab is important to the English side securing a mid-table finish.

While we were in Scottish Cup action, the Black and Gold suffered a 3-1 defeat to East Stirlingshire. Their last victory was over Vale of Leithen two weeks ago. BSC Glasgow will go into the game as slight favourites but Berwick could easily grab something, especially when any points gained are so crucial to their campaign. 

Scottish Cup Preview: East Fife (A)

We travel to Methil tomorrow to take on League One’s East Fife in the Third Round of the William Hill Scottish Cup. Could we cause an upset? You never know.

Last year we held Forfar Athletic in the Third Round until the 75th minute but a goal from John Baird and an 85th minute goal from Lewis Moore sealed the win for The Loons.

Thanks to our second place in the Lowland League last season, we were able to skip the first round of the Scottish Cup and go right into the Second Round where we faced Dundee East Region Junior side, Lochee United.

A 1-1 draw at Thomson Park set up a replay at the Indodrill which allowed Dave McKay and Jamie Hamilton to find the back of the net and secure a Third Round place for only the second time in BSC Glasgow’s history.

Last year, our opponents made it to the fifth round after defeating then-League 2 side Berwick Rangers 2-1 and then Championship side Greenock Morton 2-1 before being put out by Partick Thistle in a tight 1-0 victory. The Methilites side currently sit third in League One after a great start to the season.

Could BSC Glasgow hold another League One side till the 75th minute or could an upset be on the cards? Find out Saturday at the Locality Hub Bayview Stadium!

South Challenge Cup – Preston Athletic (H)

It’s South Challenge Cup action at the Indodrill as we welcome Preston Athletic in the Fourth Round.

After defeating Bo’ness United in the Second and then Gala Fairydean Rovers 3-1 in the Third Round, we can’t help but looking ahead at the possibility of advancing against East of Scotland League side Preston Athletic on Friday night. 

With a long midweek away trip to Berwick in store next week, Stephen Swift may be looking to rotate the squad and it will be interesting to see which XI takes the field tomorrow night. 

Our opponents currently sit 4th in the 1st Division Conference B of the East of Scotland League having started with six wins and four losses. With their last league game postponed, the rest may have benefitted them coming into this one. They suffered a 2-1 defeat to Leith Athletic in their last outing. 

With fellow Lowland League teams lying in wait in the next round, both sides will be keen to lay down a marker as we approach the midpoint of the season. 

Lowland League Preview: Gretna (H)

Another week, another home game at the Indodrill but we are finally back to Lowland League action after three weeks of cup ties as we host Gretna 2008. 

The traveling side sit in a lowly 14th position having gathered just five points from their opening ten games. Despite that, Chris Humphrey’s men may come with a glimmer of hope that they could cause an upset, coming off their first win of the season. The 2-0 victory over dead bottom Vale of Leithen last weekend saw goals from Ryan Rogers and Kevin Connelly as well as a straight red card for Dean Makunike so they will be without him this weekend.

BSC Glasgow will be eager to get back to winning ways in the league after three weekends away. Although confidence will be high with places secured in the South Challenge and Scottish Cup, we also currently sit fourth with two games in hand over third place East Stirlingshire. Winning these games in hand is crucial if we want to take the fight to Kelty Hearts and Bonnyrigg Rose. 

For the starting eleven, it could be anyone’s guess as some players could be rested after two weekends in the Scottish Cup. However, Tom Orr could be back in the line-up after his suspension in last week’s replay. 

Last season, Gretna proved a banana skin in the away fixture to Raydale as we could only walk away with a point; however the home fixture saw a comfortable 3-0 victory. So let’s hope for another one of them, eh?

Scottish Cup Preview: Lochee United

It’s arguably one of the biggest games of the season as we make our first outing in this season’s Scottish Cup making the trip to Dundee to face Junior side Lochee United. 

Entering at the Second Round thanks to last season’s league position, we’ll surely be looking back to last year’s Scottish Cup when we progressed into the Third Round for the first time in our history.

We had a first round bye for different reasons last time around and went straight into a second round away tie against Cumbernauld Colts. That 4-1 victory set up a third round match with League One outfit, Forfar Athletic. Despite an impressive fight, the Loons broke through and grabbed two goals in the final twenty minutes. 

This year’s opponents are a different breed altogether. Lochee currently sit third in the East Region North Superleague and are so far undefeated at home having suffered their only two defeats away. Their last league outing was a 2-1 victory over 4th place Scone Thistle and last weekend while we were taking on Gala Fairydean Rovers in the South Challenge Cup, Lochee were doing the same in the Quest Engineering Cup hammering Dundee Violet 4-0. 

Lochee made history in their only other entry into the Scottish Cup way back in 2008. Not only were they the first ever Dundee-based Junior team to qualify for the Cup. They then caused an upset at their own turf in round two by defeating the Highland League’s Buckie Thistle 3-0. The third round gifted them a huge fixture against Ayr United. Again, going against the odds, they forced a replay after forcing Ayr to a 1-1 draw.

The replay went in Ayr’s favour this time round as they won 3-1. 

Lowland League Preview: Gala FR (A)

We make the long trip to sunny Galashiels tomorrow for our first visit to Netherdale this season hoping to get back to winning ways following a disappointing midweek draw against Lowland League champions East Kilbride. 

After that 1-1 which felt like two points dropped, we need to take all three points to continue our fight towards the top two in the league. There were many positives to take from Wednesday night, but the match was proof positive that sometimes it’s just not your night. 

Neil Hastings’ men will be frustrated with their start to the season. They currently sit 11th, only three points above the bottom four. Their last away trip ended in disappointment for a different reason after their midweek clash with Gretna 2008 was postponed due to a last minute floodlight failure.

Prior to that, they suffered a 3-0 defeat to Kelty Hearts. Despite this, they will fancy their chances against us, fresh from securing their place in the next round of the Scottish Cup after defeating Dalbeattie Star 3-1. 

Former York and Edinburgh City man, Danny Galbraith is the man to watch for Gala, and he will be looking to add to his three goals this season so far. 

Depending on other results, taking all three points could result in us closing the gap with second place Kelty Hearts and pulling away from Civil Service Strollers who are hot on our heels in fourth.