Civil Service Strollers Report: BSC’s Winning Streak Comes to a Halt

BSC Glasgow couldn’t find a seventh consecutive victory had to salvage a point as two late goals saw Stephen Swift’s side dig out a 1-1 draw with Civil Service Strollers.

There were no changes to the starting line-up with the gaffer opting for the same squad that took the points at Rosewell last weekend. Mitchell Taylor came in to make it seven men on the bench.

It was BSC who dominated the opening minutes of the game with Tom Orr proving willing and able to break through the Strollers defence when he chose, however he couldn’t manage to slide the ball past Strollers’ on-loan ‘keeper Josh Donaldson.

Orr seemed destined to grab a goal in the first half. Some great footwork from Carlo Pignatiello allowed him to break away from his marker and play the ball to Orr whose shot was off-target thanks to Civil’s defensive pressure.

It was Civil with the biggest chance just before the break when a challenge on Martin Grehan went unnoticed by the referee allowing Strollers to break into a counter attack. Scott Clapperton hit a rasping shot from the edge of the box, but Ryan Marshall made a fantastic save keeping it even as the half-time whistle blew.


Both teams continued to struggle in the second half with both keepers proving difficult to catch off-guard. Shaun Struthers made a tremendous run into the box but Donaldson made a great save to deny the forward. Robbie McNab got a booking for a tackle during a Civil attack, meanwhile, Shaun Struthers came off for David Winters.

Once again, Orr looked a favourite to break the deadlock when he got a one-on-one with Donaldson, tried to round the keeper but put too much on the touch allowing the ball to get away from him and firing his strike over the bar.

With ten minutes to go, a volley from Winters went only inches outside the post. It was one of those days for BSC and Strollers finally got the opening goal on the 83rd minute as Ian Ballantyne turned the ball home from close range, sparking wild celebrations on the pitch.

It looked like it was to be our first defeat since Kelty Hearts at the end of August, but that man Declan Hughes stepped up, leapt up, and met Martin Grehan’s header back across goal, sending the ball beyond Donaldson and sparking wild celebrations on the other side.

“It was a difficult one to take today.” Manager Stephen Swift told us after the match. “I knew straight away when I saw their set up that they were here to frustrate us and nick something on the break. They did us on a set piece down the side and at one down I think it would have been robbery for them to come away with all three points.”

“Fair play to the boys, they kept going till the last. We grabbed one with five minutes to go and it looked like we could have grabbed another to win it in the last seconds. Strollers are a good side – they’re well organised and well coached and we’ve just got to take the positives from the performance and move onto next week against Spartans.”



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As such, over the next couple of weeks we will be consolidating Broomhill Sports Club and BSC Glasgow and you’ll be able to find information and contacts for our Youth and Women’s sections, as well as our Netball teams, on this website!

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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.

Whitehill Welfare Report: BSC Glasgow Do The Comeback Business

Despite Whitehill Welfare putting up a fight, it was BSC Glasgow who took the three points on a cold festive day in Rosewell.

The only change to the side that took the points from Colts last weekend was Shaun Struthers starting, with Ross Smith being out this weekend through injury.

Despite the fixture being a battle between a top of the table side against a side fighting relegation, the game was even and if anything, Whitehill had more chances in the first half. Kyle Mitchell managed break through BSC’s defence 10 minutes in and almost gained a one-on-one with Ryan Marshall, however the pitch was his enemy as he tripped over a rough patch in the surface and lost the opportunity. Mitchell almost got his revenge a few minutes later but a great save from Marshall denied him.

The game never seemed to have a solid five minutes of continuous play as the referee made a bundle of bizarre calls that most players seemed to disagree with including last week’s Man of the Match, Ross McMillan who picked up an early yellow for dissent.

The unexpected turns continued as Whitehill dominated the rest of the first half and found an opener that had the Welfare faithful ecstatic. The ball fell to James McPartlin at the edge of the box who lobbed the ball over Marshall who couldn’t do anything about it. Whether it was an intentional lob or a lucky catch on the pitch, we’ll never know. Unless we ask him… which we won’t. 

The referee also added David Verlaque into his book in the last minute of the first half.


The second half kicked off and Welfare were the ones who seemed destined for another goal when Kieran Somerville’s attempt when just across the face of goal. On the 58th minute, it looked certain that BSC were about to equalise when a Declan Hughes free-kick found the head of McMillan but Welfare’s Paul Grant made a fantastic save to deny the Skipper.

Finally, just after the hour mark, we got our equaliser. A long ball up field by Marshall took a hit off a Whitehill defender to land at the feet or Tom Orr who sweetly slotted the ball home through the narrow channel to get us closer to a point.

Robbie McNab came off for Joe Irvine just before a winning goal looked inevitable when Martin Grehan did a beautiful pirouette to escape the clutches of Nicky Faulds but his strike sailed over the crossbar.

The last 15 minutes at Ferguson Park was incredibly tense for both sets of fans; Welfare were desperate for another crucial point to keep their chances in the Lowland League alive, while BSC were determined to continue their winning streak to stay ahead of Kelty Hearts in the top three.

David Winters replaced Carlo Pignatiello to help lend a foot in hopefully grabbing a late winner. With eight minutes to go, Tom Orr found space at the edge of the box and held the ball before a low pass picked out Shaun Struthers who hit a low sweet shot into the bottom left corner, despite the ball taking an eternity to bounce across the line when it seemed to be heading wide.

The last few minutes saw Tom Orr come off the field for Ross Lindsay, Shaun Struthers went the book for a tackle that needed to be made and Welfare fortunately never found the equaliser despite a solid performance.



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!

Kelty Hearts Report: BSC Glasgow Heartbreakers As League Leaders Suffer Attack

Manager Stephen Swift was delighted with his charges after beating Lowland League form side Kelty Hearts at New Central Park on Saturday.

“We went to toe-to-toe with them.” Swifty told us after the match in audio that was as swept by the bitter Fife wind as the match was. “We matched them physically and tactically. I feel that we were the better team and I’m delighted with the boys.”

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