Lowland League Preview: University of Stirling

Matchday 6 is fast approaching and BSC Glasgow make the short hop to Forthbank to face Chris Geddes’ University of Stirling in search for a much, much needed three points.

Despite an extremely strong start to the season, University of Stirling are currently sitting in the bottom four of the table. The University squad opened their league campaign with a 1-1 draw with league champions Spartans, as well as an unexpected, but impressive win against Civil Service Strollers, who since that defeat have flown up the league table.

The Forthbank side’s form seems to have dipped since they suffered a 6-0 loss to East Stirlingshire, despite many (even Shire) stating that the game was anything but one-sided. Stirling missed a penalty early on when former BSC man Aidan Ferris stepped up to the spot and many seem to agree if the ball had hit the net, the match would’ve been very different.

The squad have yet to replicate the big results they started out with as their recent games against Gretna 2008 and Edusport Academy have been even encounters plagued with missed penalties and potential own goals, ending 1-1 in both cases. Their midweek match this week went much as expected as East Kilbride scored two early goals before sealing out the game for a 2-0 victory.

Regardless of the University’s recent form, they have proven they are still a side you can’t rule out and given the fact the five goals they have scored have all come from different scorers means BSC don’t have the luxury of putting their defensive focus on one attacker.

BSC and Stirling Uni’s results bare striking resemblance and in reality, show how close the middle of the Lowland League table really can be. One can only wonder who Swifty will go with start this Saturday at Forthbank as the squad who suffered a 3-2 Kelty Hearts defeat was revamped for the unwanted 0-0 draw with Gretna.

BSC need the three points this Saturday to put an end to what can only be described as an underwhelming start to this year’s campaign.