Lowland League Preview: Civil Service Strollers

We’re getting deeper into the campaign and BSC Glasgow find themselves up against a team who, despite a seventh place finish last season are proving they’re massive league contenders – Civil Service Strollers.

Despite a fairly average start to the season for Gary Jardine’s men, they have managed to pick themselves back up. Their first two games saw a goalless draw with Vale of Leithen following a 2-0 away defeat to University of Stirling.

However, their last four games have come with four wins, one of which was an important 1-0 victory over the team right behind them in the table: Cumbernauld Colts. Last weekend saw the Christie Gillies Park side travel to Galashiels to end Gala Fairydean Rovers’ good form of late. The Netherdale side were coming off two wins they really needed but Civil Service Strollers stopped them from making it a third with a 2-0 victory.

The player Ross McMillan and the back line will need to be watching is undoubtedly Jordan Hopkinson; one of Civil’s newest signings who has scored in their most recent league and cup games but was also the sole scorer in that crucial Colts victory. Not only that, but Hopkinson was a constant goal threat last season during his time with Selkirk.

Some could ponder that the position Civil Service Strollers are in at the moment is perhaps where many would’ve assumed BSC Glasgow would be at this point in the season. Civil have often had BSC’s number though, last season putting our winning run in the league to an end before beating us in extra time in the final of the South Challenge Cup.

After last weekend’s much needed win over Stirling Uni, Stephen Swift’s men sit in eighth position and an upset over the third place North Edinburgh side could see them rekindle the spectacular form of last season, which was brought to an end last season at Christie Gillies Park, and begin an ascent back into the top four.

But who believes in hoodoo…?