• Derek Bell

INITIAL VISIT

It's a midweek return to Shielfield on Tuesday for another evening kick off following on from Friday's Fright Night at Ainslie Park. The increasingly disgruntled and disillusioned home support will pack the terraces (*ahem*) for first time visitors BSC Glasgow. Last season's runners-up in the Lowland currently sit in fourth place on 26 points with only one defeat in their 11 games.


Our opponents were only formed in 2014 as a senior team associated with Broomhill Sports Club (so that answers your question) which is a multi-sport youth organisation based in Broomhill a district in the West End of Glasgow and North of the Clyde. If your a fan of the novels of Iain Banks you may be more familiar with the area than you realise (no, not the dystopian sci-fi novels) as Crow Road is one of the main streets in the area. The youth organisation itself was only set up in 2004.


On formation the senior club were immediately granted admittance to the Lowland League and their five seasons they have shown a gradual steady improvement from a tenth place finish in their first season to being runners-up last year. For their first two seasons the club shared a ground with junior club Maryhill but since 2016/17 they have played their home games in the well known Glasgow suburb of Alloa.


Up front for BSC it's a tale of two Thomases - Orr and Collins, who have scored 15 league goals this season between them out of the 32 scored by the team. Also up front is the experienced Martin Grehan who has had spells at Stirling, Partick, Stranraer and Alloa. Signed recently on loan is Jordan Northcott from St Johnstone. As well as a decent attack BSC have a solid defence, having conceded only 8 goals so far this season - second only to Kelty. They feature a fairly stable defence with Jamie McCormack, Jamie Mills, captain Ross McMillan and Ross Smith virtual ever presents this season. The two Macs also chipping in with 6 league goals between them. The defence was further bolstered by the loan signing of Celtic youngster Dave McKay (there's a name to live up to). The midfield is pretty much made up of ever presents as well with yet another Jamie, Hamilton this time, Michael Anderson, Robbie McNab and Declan Hughes the main men.


BSC come into the match as fresh as us having played their South Challenge Cup game against Preston Athletic on Friday night and cruising to a 6 - 1 victory with Collins getting another to goals. In fact they may be fresher given that they used a bit of squad rotation with five changes from the team that had defeated Gretna 4 - 1 the previous week. Perhaps their most impressive result this season has been the 3 - 1 victory at Bonnyrigg, inflicting the only defeat so far of Rose's league season.


Following Friday night's defeat for us this game takes on additional importance and we could certainly do with a confidence booting performance before Saturday's bottom of the table dogfight with Vale. No word on team news at this stage but I think most of us will be hoping Healy is back on the pitch. This is clearly going to be difficult test against a good attacking side who are also hard to break down. This is the sort of game we need men like our experienced captain to make their mark, we need to cut the supply to the forward players and we need to stop the defenders getting forward. It's going to need a full ninety minutes from everyone in the park - it's not enough getting flashes from some players for short periods and never at the same time. We have been supportive of the way the team are trying to play and of the he young players but increasingly we need to stop talking about promise and gradual coming together. We're well into the season now and it's time it came together.


For the benefit of BSC fans we will be aiming to achieve kick-off at 7:45pm and you are probably best advised to get your gloves, your scarf , your wooly hat and a big coat.



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