Category: Preview

Lowland League Preview: Dalbeattie Star (H)

We’re back in Alloa for our fifth game in fourteen days as we host Ritchie Maxwell and his Star men for our second home fixture of the new season. 

First off, the less said about our last two outings, the better. A last minute Colts winner saw us pick up our first loss of the season and we don’t really need to talk about our first round performance in the Tunnocks Caramel Wafer Cup, do we? 

The Islecroft side will hope to replicate their victory over us last season to put their first three fixtures behind them. A huge 8-0 loss to Kelty Hearts, 2-0 to East Kilbride and 1-0 defeat to Gala Fairydean Rovers last weekend.

On the subject of last season, Star proved to be a thorn in the side of BSC Glasgow being the only team outside the top four to hand them a loss the entire season. Despite a 4-1 victory in the home fixture, it was relegation-battling Star that dominated the away leg, running out 2-1 winners. 

It will surely be in their head that they could be capable of another upset but BSC will be keen to bounce back after two losses on the spin and get back on track.

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.

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. 

Lowland League Preview: Dalbeattie Star

We are finally back after a three week break from competitive matches and hoping to press on from that comfortable 4-1 victory over Dalbeattie Star so what better way to do that than to have an away fixture against… err… Dalbeattie Star!

However, despite the reverse leg finishing with a comfortable three goal margin, Star have been undefeated and have finally confirmed their safety from the automatic relegation spot. Darren Kerr’s squad bounced back immediately following their defeat to us with a result that no one saw coming – a 2-1 win over third placed Kelty Hearts which was seen as major blow for the Fife side’s ambitions.

Since that upset, they have drawn 0-0 with Stirling University and most recently on Wednesday night, 2-2 with last season’s champions, Spartans. Results like these point to a marked improvement in fortunes from the side we faced at the Indodrill and Swifty and the team will certainly not be taking the fixture lightly, especially now that their relegation fight is over, the Islecroft men will be looking for an improved final leg of the campaign with one eye on the Lowland League Cup.

The only action we’ve been in since was a home friendly against Ayr United which saw the visitors leave with a 4-0 victory but saw the debut of one of BSC Glasgow’s newest signings, Thomas Collins from Beith Juniors. We have also seen Declan Hughes, Martin Grehan, Jamie Mills and Thomas Orr sign new deals to stay with us next season, as well another new signing as Jordan Marshall, brother of goalkeeper Ryan, joining us as a free agent following his release from Cumbernauld Colts.

Star may be pulling results out of the bag but there will surely be a positive atmosphere around BSC with a refreshed squad and a second place finish in sight.

Lowland League Preview – Edinburgh University

It’s game time once again as we make the trip to East Peffermill to face an Edinburgh University side that have suffered a string of rather depressing results which we’ll be looking to add to in order to keep our undefeated streak alive.

In recent weeks, our opponents have lost a few games with results they’d rather forget about including a 5-0 thrashing last weekend to fourth placed Civil Service Strollers, as well as a 3-0 defeat to Spartans the week before.

In fact, the University side have only gained a single point since 2019 began and that was in a 1-1 draw with Stirling Uni in the Lowland League’s University derby. The only point the side gained in December also came from a draw against Gala Fairydean Rovers which gives you the impression that Dorian Ogunro’s side are itching to get back to winning ways.

In the first instance it’ll be important to guard against complacency, as we go looking for another win to keep in the hunt for first place. Players like Finn Daniels-Yeoman, Stu McNicholas and Patrick Baird may have been misfiring recently but we know that they can cause problems and will need to be watched.

Whatever way you look at it, we go in to the game as favourites, especially given the result in the reverse fixture. At the end of November last year, a week after our trip to Forfar for the Scottish Cup, we put five goals past the Uni without reply.

Supporters will be hoping for more of the same tomorrow: Tom Orr and co. will be looking to oblige them.

Kick off at East Peffermill is 3pm and entry is £6 (£4 concessions).

Lowland League Preview – Edusport Academy

We are finally back! After three long weeks without any Lowland League football, we make the journey to Annan to play Edusport Academy.

Since the return game, both clubs have been on opposite paths. While BSC are on an unbeaten streak, Edusport seem to be slipping further and further away from the top half of the table, currently sitting uncomfortably in 9th.

Their last three league fixtures – Vale of Leithen, Gala Fairydean Rovers and Kelty Hearts – have all ended in losses and seen the side continue an unfortunate streak of dropping points despite showing they are more than capable of scoring. Their trip of Innerleithen resulted in a 5-4 loss; however it does prove they can be dangerous up front.

The other side of that can be seen last weekend when they suffered massively at the hands of Kelty Hearts. That 5-0 defeat will give BSC a bit of confidence coming off the back of a fortnight off, knowing that Ricky Waddell’s side are going through a bit of a crisis of confidence at the back.

Edusport will be itching to prove the doubters wrong though and will be a tough prospect at Galabank. That being said, they haven’t gained a single point since mid-November when they managed a 2-0 victory over Gala Fairydean Rovers.

BSC Glasgow should be prepared to capitalise on any defensive errors, after defeating current champions Spartans three weeks ago. Also, with three weeks away from the pitch, a refreshed squad will hope to put right the draw with the hosts at the start of the season.

Lowland League Preview: The Spartans

We head into a fortnight’s break from competitive action with a trip to Ainslie Park to take on Dougie Samuels’ Spartans side, looking to replicate the result from the reverse fixture.

In mid-November, we hosted Spartans at The Indodrill and grabbed a goal in the last five minutes thanks to a beauty from Declan Hughes to give us a memorable 3-2 victory. That game came amidst a flurry of fantastic results that only came to a halt last weekend when we had to come from behind to salvage a point in a 1-1 draw with Civil Service Strollers.

Spartans currently sit in fourth place, 13 points off the top spot. Their last two results only gained them two points. A draw with in-form Strollers wasn’t a huge shock; however last week’s stalemate with relegation-battlers Whitehill Welfare was. Welfare dominated a large portion of the game and Spartans only managed an equaliser in the dying moments of the 90.  

These results won’t mean that Spartans are any less of a threat than usual, and matches between our two sides are always closely contested affairs. Swifty and the boys will be itching to get back to winning ways but Spartans will also be eager to kick on and keep pace with the top three.

Once again, a top goalscorer this weekend for the boys to look out for is Stephen MacDonald who has managed 8 so far in the campaign, one of which was a well-taken header in the return game.

Lowland League Preview: Civil Service Strollers

It’s our first fixture of what could be one of the biggest years of BSC Glasgow FC. We take on the always difficult Civil Service Strollers at The Indodrill.

BSC will be hoping to continue this unbelievable run and grab a seventh consecutive victory especially after a nervy win last weekend at Ferguson Park when Whitehill Welfare went ahead first and it was only through Shaun Struthers’ 82nd minute goal that cemented the three points.

Strollers, on the other hand are looking to climb back into the top four especially after such a strong start to their campaign in the early fixtures. Their recent results certainly seem to point them in that direction as their last three fixtures included a massive 6-0 thumping of Gretna 2008, a 1-0 victory over Edusport Academy and a 1-1 draw last weekend in the North Edinburgh derby with defending champions, The Spartans.

The return match of this fixture was one that really kick-started BSC Glasgow’s run of form. Their 2-1 away win at Christie Gillies Park was unexpected at the time, but really kick-started our season.

As per usual in the Lowland League, there is always that one forward BSC’s defence must be warned about and this week is no different as Jordan Hopkinson will hope to put a bulge or two in Ryan Marshall’s net.

Lowland League Preview: Whitehill Welfare

It’s a fixture to help dispense with those post-Christmas blues as we make the trip to Ferguson Park to take on bottom of the table Whitehill Welfare.

It’s a game we go into as favourites, not only because the home side have only managed 6 points in 16 games but because when they visited Alloa at the start of October they conceded 5 goals in a contentious fixture under the lights.

Since then, despite recently appointing new management in Ian Little, Welfare have only managed the odd draw to grab a point here and there. Their last fixture was a 1-1 draw with the team closest to them in the table – Dalbeattie Star. Star reportedly dominated the majority of the 90 minutes but Welfare were able to hold out and salvage a point which could be vital at the end of the season as they fight to remain in the Lowland League.

The concern for Stephen Swift’s BSC will be a renewed defensive solidity with Welfare able to keep things tight at the back with a view to snatching their chances when they become available. Swifty will be hoping to avoid any post-Christmas sluggishness, knowing that any side in the League – on their day – can be tough opponents.

The game is a 2pm kick-off at Ferguson Park. We’ll have updates for you on Twitter as usual!