Wednesday’s fixtures saw much cooler temperatures than we had grown accustomed to this summer, as BSC Glasgow traveled east to challenge Harthill Royal. The home side created a welcoming atmosphere at Gibbshill Park, with cups of tea and coffee finding their way into the hands of nearly every spectator present.
The BSC team was healthier than it had been in previous games as players returned from injury, allowing manager Gareth Laurie a greater ability to “select a team” to suit their opponent. The two sides sat in the middle of the league table and looked to put some distance between one another. Despite BSC’s best efforts and a number of promising chances throughout the first half, the match finished in a draw at 0-0.
BSC kept the pressure on throughout the first half, with the offence closing down Harthill in their own territory and executing clever play on the ball. BSC threatened on goal consistently, drawing a penalty in the 33rd minute which was saved by the Harthill keeper. Laurie noted the clash in style between the two teams, stating that “we couldn’t get the ball down and play our normal game.” The BSC manager went on to say that they “should have stolen the first half,” and that the team would benefit from being “a bit more clinical, a bit more ruthless.”
The second half was less composed than the first as fouls and free kicks became more frequent. Each side exchanged long-ball chances as the action pin-balled around the pitch. A brief moment of opportunity for Harthill came in the 71st minute as they won the ball in the BSC half, but a fantastic diving save from goalkeeper Iain Gordon kept the score level.
All-in-all it was a stronger showing from BSC Glasgow than the scoreline lets on, especially in comparison to how the season began. Laurie singled out Robaidh Whyte for his play up front, as he consistently created scoring opportunities and rarely gave Harthill a chance to breathe. He also highlighted the effectiveness of the back three and their ability to stifle Harthill’s offence. BSC will look to pick up a win against Glenvale F.C this Saturday, kick-off at 2.00 PM at Ferguslie Park Sports Centre.
|28th July 2021||7:30 pm||West of Scotland Division 4||2021/22|
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