Author: Martin Fleming

Lowland League Preview – East Kilbride (H)

It’s our second midweek fixture of the season as we host East Kilbride at the Indodrill Stadium hoping for our sixth consecutive league win of the Lowland League season. 

Stuart Malcolm’s men visit Alloa looking to arrest a stuttering start to the season, with last season’s runaway Champions sitting nine points adrift of league leaders Bonnyrigg Rose. Kilby come into this one with the advantage of a weekend off after their league match with The Spartans was postponed.

Their last outing was the weekend before where they came back from a goal down to run out 3-2 winners. 

Defeats to Civil Service Strollers and Caledonian Braves will have dented the K-Park men’s confidence but they will be determined to close the gap on us with a victory under the lights.

After our 3-0 victory over University of Stirling with a slew of first team players unavailable, it’s anyone’s guess how Swifty will line up for this crucial fixture. Declan Hughes, Robbie McNab, Ross McMillan, Ross Smith and Jamie Mills were all out on Saturday with the players who came into the team performing admirably.

Lowland League Preview: University of Stirling (H)

We’re back at the Indodrill this weekend after almost a month away and, after having a week off due to the First Round of the Scottish Cup, we’ll be looking to get back to winning ways as University of Stirling visit. 

After all, confidence among the squad should be high after being the first team in the league to hand current leaders Bonnyrigg Rose their first defeat in convincing fashion. To top that off, we cemented a place in the next round of the South Challenge Cup after putting two past a battling Bo’ness United in extra time. 

A victory against University of Stirling could really help bridge the gap at the top of the table and help in the fight for first. As history shows, we’ve fared well against the University men in recent times having won 6-1 at home last season as well as 4-1 in the Lowland League Cup. However, Chris Geddes’ squad will come with their heads held high after two impressive cup wins; a victory over Arniston Rangers in the South Challenge and a 3-2 away win over Highland side Keith in the Scottish Cup. 

New signings Dave McKay and Lewis Bell will be available along with Livingston loanee Marc Smith, and all three will be looking to stake a claim for a place in the Starting XI.

All three points could see us go as high as first if other results go our way; but defeat could see us drop as low as eighth depending on other results. 

Lowland League Preview – Bonnyrigg Rose (A)

Can BSC Glasgow hand The Rose their first loss? You’ll have to get yourself to New Dundas Park on Saturday to find out. 

The current league leaders have had a tremendous start to the season. Robbie Horn’s former East of Scotland side have been firing goals by every side they’ve encountered during the start of their inaugural Lowland League campaign. The only side able to take a point from them has been Civil Service Strollers in a nervy 1-1 stalemate. 

Last weekend, they put three past Caledonian Braves with a brace coming from Dan Baur in the first half. However Baur is only one in a handful of players Ross McMillan and his back line must keep an eye on. George Hunter is their current top scorer having scored five in seven games. 

Last season, the Midlothian men made the trip to Alloa for a South Challenge Cup tie and walked away with their heads held high thanks to a 3-1 victory. A result that came as a reality check for a BSC who were enjoying a string of victories and spurred them on for the rest of the Lowland League season.

A win could see us go within three points of the leaders and anything less than a draw could see us drop down a fair few positions as it’s extremely tight at the top. 

Lowland League Preview – Vale of Leithen (H)

We’re back after a weekend off while all the other sides caught up with their games in hand, and Swifty’s men are looking for continue their fantastic run of form after resounding victories over Dalbeattie Star and Caledonian Braves. 

Chris Anderson and Vale of Leithen make the journey from Innerleithen desperate to register their first point of the season after an abysmal start to the campaign. After suffering a massive 7-0 defeat to Kelty Hearts last weekend, they then endured a 4-0 loss to University of Stirling in their midweek fixture. 

Following a weekend to recharge the batteries after a gruelling start to the season, BSC Glasgow are without any major injury concerns, while Joe Irvine has gone out on a month’s loan to Kirkintilloch Rob Roy.

If last season’s meetings with Vale, who are currently bottom of the table, are anything to go by, BSC go in as favourites. A 4-0 win at the Indodrill helped us on our journey to being last year’s highest scoring team while 3-0 victory away from home helped us secure 2nd. 

Despite our recent high scoring victories and Vale’s 28 conceded goals, the borders side will be itching to prove themselves and upset the bookmakers with a win on Saturday.

Late Heartbreak As Colts Snatch Victory

A refreshed Cumbernauld Colts capitalised on a leggy performance from BSC Glasgow to grab victory with the last kick of the ball at a sun-drenched Broadwood on Friday evening. 

The starting eleven for BSC was identical to the side that took the win over Spartans on Tuesday night. The only changes were on the bench with Ricky Miller dropping out and Michael Anderson absent due to illness. 

Tom Orr looks to outdo former BSC man Arni Bembo (Photo: Cammy Richardson)

The opening twenty minutes saw both teams fail to capitalise on fantastic chances; a good cross for Colts set up Fraser Team but a heavy first touch put the shot over the bar. A BSC free kick landed almost at the feet of Tom Orr but Colts keeper Jonathan Grier scrambled the ball clear. 

In the 24th minute, it looked to be a certain goal for the Cumbernauld side as a lovely lofted shot from outside the box bounced off the bar and then a strike from the rebound smacked off the post before the ball fell for Marty Wright who struck at Stephen Barr who made a great save to keep the sides even. 

The best BSC chances came thanks to the head of Martin Grehan – a great cross from Jamie Hamilton gave the forward an attempt but Jonathan Grier saved easily. A minute later, an almost carbon copy but this time, Grehan caught Grier off balance but the keeper made a fantastic last ditch save to tip the ball away. 

The only other first half news would come in the form of an alarm that went off repeatedly in one of the Broadwood stands. There was no panic though and not much acknowledgement as Friday Night Football is, and always will be, more important than the threat of injury or death. 

HALF TIME | CUMBERNAULD COLTS 0 – 0 BSC GLASGOW 

After the restart, it was definitely BSC who looked most likely to score and surprisingly more energetic, y’know, considering they should be knackered. 

Centre back on centre back as Ross Smith outpaces Colts’ Greg Pascazio. (Photo: Cammy Richardson)

Jamie Hamilton was able to make the most of a mix-up at the back with Colts defence and hit a fantastic strike but Grier made an even better save. The rebound fell to Declan Hughes but his shot was blocked. 

The chances kept on coming for the away side but no one really took the opportunities that fell their way. Grehan toed a great ball to Tom Orr with the striker hitting a low shot, but the ball went inches by the post. Successive corners and better chances then followed; another Grehan header was flapped away by Grier and cleared by a few defenders before the next corner fell perfectly in the box for a BSC man just to take a strike at it but unfortunately no feet were quick enough. 

As frustration was beginning to set in, Stephen Barr made another wonder save when he denied Marty Wright – which on reflection probably just made the Colts frontman angry. Ross Lindsay made way for Thomas Collins just before the deadlock was finally broken. 

Colts took advantage of a BSC player going down with an injury and despite Barr’s best attempt to get down quick and smother the ball; a pass was made to Fraser Team who was able to dispatch the ball despite Ross Smith’s best efforts to block it on the line. 

It felt like it was going to be one of those nights for BSC as opportunity after opportunity went begging. That was until one a low cross from Jamie Hamilton swept across the face of goal, avoiding repeated Colts clearance attempts, to Jamie McCormack who turned it in at the far post for the equaliser. 

Jamie McCormack turns in the cross at the far post. (Photo: Cammy Richardson)

Robbie Duncan came off the bench for Jordan Marshall just before Colts’ Craig Holmes was forced off after picking up a nasty injury. 

BSC’s hoodoo in front of the Colts goal wasn’t broken by the equaliser and when some good footwork from Jamie Mills and Tom Orr allowed a lay off to Thomas Collins, his strike was on target but blocked by Grier. 

Just when you thought that surely the ball had to find the back of the net, physics was defied when a great cross from McCormack found the head of Orr close to goal but the ball took a deflection and span away. 

With just seconds left in the match, BSC conceded a free kick and allowed Colts one last cross into the box. Marty Wright managed to control the ball and smack it beyond Barr, clinching the win for Colts. 

FULL TIME | CUMBERNAULD COLTS 2 – 1 BSC GLASGOW 

Lowland League Preview: Spartans (A)

It’s a mere three days since our last game and it’s already Matchday 2! We travel to Ainslie Park to meet our good ol’ sparring partners Spartans tonight. 

Spartans opening fixture against University of Stirling was called off due to a waterlogged Forthbank which could either give BSC a slight advantage to capitalise on a bit of rust from the Spartans or the extra rest for Dougie Samuel’s men could help them edge out their opponents. Y’know… it’s probably going to be one of the two.

Last season, we managed the double over the (then) defending champions in two very tight contests; the home game saw a last minute Declan Hughes stunner win us the three points, and the away fixture saw a sole Tom Orr chip upset the apple cart in Edinburgh. 

Both BSC and the Ainslie Park men haven’t had much focus on them compared to other Lowland League sides preseason and both sides will certainly have something to prove with many ‘pundits’ not believing either will threaten in the title fight, despite Spartans fourth place finish last season (not to mention the title the year before) and BSC’s runner-up position and Lowland League Cup win. This will surely be a close run thing.

Our home tie with East Stirlingshire on Saturday saw standout performances from Ross Smith, Jamie McCormack and Jamie Hamilton and hopefully some of that fancy footwork will be on display to secure victory over Spartans and give the fans their first win of the season.

Report: History Repeats in Shire Stalemate

Our first game of the season and once again, it was East Stirlingshire who graced us with their presence. Our opening fixture of the last three Lowland League campaigns have come against Shire.  

All four of Swifty’s close-season signings made the matchday squad with Jamie Hamilton starting in midfield, while Michael Anderson, Simon White and Ricky Miller were on the bench. 

Despite the excitement in the Indodrill, the opening ten minutes were somewhat slow – the only half chance coming from some beautiful footwork from Jamie Hamilton to allow Jamie McCormack an attempt at a low shot that went just wide of the post. 

Tempers gradually flared in the dugouts with both managers airing their grievances with the referee. Shire debutant Matty Flynn committed a rough tackle on Jamie Hamilton sparking outrage from the BSC dugout when no yellow was brandished. 

The travelling Shire faithful didn’t have to wait too long for their side to break the deadlock. The 25th minute saw Derek Ure’s men win a corner which they managed to convert thanks to a near-post header from Jordan Tapping. 

BSC attempted to grab an equaliser straight away but to no avail. It was Jamie McCormack yet again who connected with a decent header from a corner but it sailed a good few inches by the post. Five minutes later and the last major chance of the half from either team – a signature Declan Hughes free kick caught the head of Martin Grehan but it couldn’t go anywhere but over. 

HALF TIME | BSC GLASGOW 0 – 1 EAST STIRLINGSHIRE 

As the second half commenced, BSC attempted to fly out the gate with some good footwork. Tom Orr, Ross Lindsay and Jamie Hamilton proved some fantastic link-up play that slipped through the Shire defence but Hamilton’s shot was easily saved by Jamie Barclay. 

Tempers flared again, especially with the Shire fans’ belief that decisions were not going their way and this only worsened when the referee pointed to the spot after Orr was brought down by Adam Murray. The Shire faithful and their Twitterer were outraged but Assistant Coach Andy Rodgers told Shire TV after the match that they could have no complaints.  It was last season’s top scorer Orr who stepped up and found the equaliser slotting the ball into the bottom right corner, escaping Barclay’s fingers by mere millimetres.  

The scoreline matched up with the action for the next twenty minutes as both teams failed to break through the other’s back line. As the time ran out, it wasn’t just the spectators that were getting riled up – both Robbie McNab and Declan Hughes went into the book for a reckless tackle and a shirt pull. With ten minutes to go, Ross Smith went into the book for dissent just before almost finding a winner when his looping header from a Hughes corner went just over the bar and landed on the top of the net. 

The final moments of the game saw many players reach their limit as frustration showed; Ross McMillan went into the book after knocking heads with a Shire player resulting in a crowd of players having what we’re going to call ‘a heated debate’ and seeing Jamie McCormack’s name enter the book. 

FULL TIME | BSC GLASGOW 1-1 EAST STIRLINGSHIRE 

LASER AMORE MAN OF THE MATCH | ROSS SMITH 

Lowland League Preview: East Stirlingshire (H)

The Lowland League is finally back! We host East Stirlingshire in the opener this Saturday for the third consecutive season. 

After finishing last season in second place and winning the Lowland League Cup in a tightly contested final with our visitors on Saturday, the boys will be going into the season with a degree of confidence. Add to that the fact that we have retained the services of key players from last season, things are looking positive.

Of the players who have moved on, most of them were loan deals which don’t last forever! Our Young Player of the Year Carlo Pignatiello recently signed on loan with Stranraer, Euan O’Reilly has headed to Airdrieonians for a brief spell, Cammy Ballantyne returned to St Johnstone and Ben Quigley will be a visitor to the Indodrill this season after signing on with University of Stirling as a scholar. 

Not to worry though! Swifty has made some astute signings to close the gap. First up we’ve got Michael Anderson who joins from last year’s League winners East Kilbride and will join an already impressive midfield. Next is Ricky Miller who’ll join up with the back line after spending last season with Gala Fairydean Rovers. We’ve also brought in Simon White, East Stirlingshire’s Young Player of the Year from last season who’ll also take his place in the middle of the pitch, and winger Jamie Hamilton who joins from Petershill.

Even in the dugout, there are changes that will have an impact for the boys in yellow this season. After a fantastic spell in coaching roles, Michael Moore and Richie Salveta have decided to leave the club. Taking their place is a former Stranraer, St Johnstone and Kilmarnock man in Frazer Wright who immediately takes up the Assistant Coach role. Meanwhile, our very own Club Captain Ross McMillan will step up to a player/coach role. 

Now… onto our first opponents for the 2019/20 Lowland League campaign, East Stirlingshire! 

Last season, the two clubs shared the spoils on the opening day of the season thanks to a late Tom Orr equaliser. We then had to wait until the final day of the campaign to meet them again, and it was BSC that came out on top in a 2-1 victory. 

However, this season’s Shire is a different breed to last. Derek Ure’s men have cracked out the chequebook and brought in some interesting signings such as Nicky Low from Queen of the South, Dumbarton duo Bobby Barr and Willie Dyer, plus major captures from clubs in the Lowland League. Jamie Dishington comes in from Spartans, former Cumbernauld Colts talisman Sean Brown has joined as well as Matty Flynn from soon-to-be-renamed Edusport Academy. 

Shire have lost their fair share of players though. Ross Allum, Chris McKee, Graeme McGregor and Fraser Neave have all moved on and Stephen Swift will no doubt be encouraging his boys to call on last season’s results and pull a victory out the bag to kick-start yet another fantastic season. 

East Kilbride Report: BSC Glasgow are K Park Party Poopers

The boys in yellow crashed EK’s title party after two goals in injury time to end Kilby’s undefeated home record and land our first ever victory at K Park.

Only a few minor changes from Stephen Swift to the squad that put three past Vale of Leithen on Wednesday night; Tom Orr and Joe Irvine start on the bench allowing Martin Grehan and Declan Hughes to take up spots in the starting eleven.

It was a strong start for both teams right off the bat with neither looking to edge out the other but no big chances came in the first ten minutes. Kilby’s Craig Howie went into the referee’s book five minutes in for an obvious handball a few yards outside the box but Declan Hughes couldn’t convert the free kick.

BSC proved they were a match for the champions with numerous half chances creating problems for Willie Muir in the Kilby goal – a great ball from Thomas Collins found an onrushing Euan O’Reilly whose cross bounced off the post for EK to clear. Collins seemed destined to score in the first half giving a lot for Kilby’s back line to think about. Shortly after forcing Muir to frantically clear the ball out for a throw-in, Collins was in perfect position to get the strike away but Craig Howie was there was make a fantastic block.

The Champions gave their capacity crowd at K Park more reason to celebrate just before the half hour mark – Chris Humphrey smashed home a low powerful free kick which slid through the BSC wall to put the home side ahead. Thomas Collins almost found an equaliser five minutes later but his lob found the fingertips of Muir and ended up on the top of the net.

HALF TIME | EAST KILBRIDE 1 – 0 BSC GLASGOW

An important substitution at half time for the away side – Jordan Marshall made way for Jamie McCormack. Despite the strong start by BSC, it was East Kilbride who found the first major chance of the second half. A great run by Scott Stevenson found its way into the box breaking through defenders but his one-on-one strike forced Ryan Marshall to make a brilliant save and tip the ball over.

54 minutes in, EK’s David Proctor looked to land hard on on his head after leaping for a header and colliding with a teammate, forcing the physios to get the stretcher and also force Stuart Malcolm to make Kilby’s first substitution of the afternoon. Just after the hour mark, Ross McMillan went for it with another immense header a free kick from Declan Hughes but the ball could only once again smack off the bar.

With fifteen minutes remaining, it seemed only fitting for BSC’s top goal scorer, Tom Orr to make his way onto the pitch replacing Ross Lindsay. Jamie McCormack and Declan Hughes find their names in the referee’s book after a couple of much needed tackles on the EK strikers bursting forward.

As we began injury time, it seemed like nothing was going to fall our way, and the champions would be enjoying a double celebration. BSC never gave up though and threw everything forward, especially during a flurry of corners. Finally one of the set pieces came off and Jamie McCormack powered in a header from Declan Hughes’ delivery to find the equaliser we had long searched for.

Just as fans began to accept the draw – which would probably have been a fair result – Tom Orr refused to allow the ball out for a corner, kept it in and found an onrushing Jamie Mills whose strike cannoned off the underside of the bar, crossing the line in the process. 

The win means that second place in the GeoSonic Lowland League is secured as we head into the last home game of the season against East Stirlingshire.

FULL TIME | EAST KILBRIDE 1 – 2 BSC GLASGOW

MAN OF THE MATCH | CARLO PIGNATIELLO

Vale of Leithen Report: BSC Glasgow Claim Crucial Three Points

BSC put a comfortable three past a Vale of Leithen side who were looking to continue on from a fantastic weekend victory, but it wasn’t to be as the boys in yellow kept second place within their grasp.

There were unsurprisingly a couple of changes from Stephen Swift for the starting line-up in this mid-week fixture at Pennypit Park; Joe Irvine came in for Jamie McCormack, Jordan Marshall and Thomas Collins made their first starts for the club, meanwhile Carlo Pignatiello and Ross Lindsay started and Declan Hughes and Martin Grehan took the bench. Two U20s faces also saw a chance on the bench in Connor Smith and Bruce McGarvey.

The opening minutes of the game saw both sides getting a feel for the pitch and neither managing to really break through. One of the first chances of the game for either side came thirteen minutes in and saw the opening goal simultaneously. Thanks to a short corner catching the Innerleithen men off guard, a looping cross from Euan O’Reilly found the head of skipper, Ross McMillan, and if this season has taught us anything, it’s that very few keepers manage to save the big man’s headers.

Vale almost found an equaliser thanks to their star striker Sean Stewart but his low strike whistled past the left post. In this opening half hour, BSC could’ve put a number past their mid-table opposition but they couldn’t seem to capitalise; Vale’s Ross Gilpin fumbled the ball in the box after a corner but their defenders were able to scramble the ball away before a yellow shirt could tap it in. Tom Orr also got himself an open goal from a tight angle after rounding the keeper but his low shot bobbled just inches wide of the post.

Just before the break, Chris Anderson’s’ men showed the talent they had in their locker when a powerful and accurate header seemed destined to smash the top corner but Jamie Mills was there to clear the ball off the line.

HALF TIME | VALE OF LEITHEN 0 – 1 BSC GLASGOW

The fight for second place in the Lowland League table must’ve been on our minds as the second half commenced because BSC came flying out the gate eager to get more. Our patience was rewarded come the hour mark – after Thomas Collins’ strike was expertly saved by Ross Gilpin, Tom Orr was there to grab the rebound and cross the ball back into Collins’ feet for the new striker to convert the tap in.

It was only six minutes later and the game was wrapped up nicely. In-form St Johnstone loanee Euan O’Reilly made a tremendous run up the wing that seemingly came out of nowhere, fought past defenders and picked out a great pass to Thomas Collins who curled in a lovely shot to the top right corner. Euan O’Reilly and Ross McMillan came off the pitch shortly after allowing Declan Hughes a run-out and Bruce McGarvey to make his debut for the first team.

Mysteriously, Tom Orr went into the referee’s book along with Vale’s Jack Smith due to an altercation after a tangle of legs brought both men down. The Vale defender then seemed to slap Orr in the face and somehow the referee let it slide. Orr came off a few minutes later making way for Martin Grehan.

In the last ten minutes, BSC went searching for a fourth and on the 82nd minute appeared to have found one thanks to a tap in after a stramash in the Vale box, however the referee disallowed the goal claiming in was offside despite the linesman flag never going up. The confusion for the linesman seemed to continue until the final whistle unsure as to whether he was giving goal kicks or corners at many occasions.

FULL TIME | VALE OF LEITHEN 0 – 3 BSC GLASGOW

MAN OF THE MATCH | EUAN O’REILLY