• Derek Bell





Unable to get down to Shielfield for our Lowland League clash with the University of Stirling, I decided to take in Civil Service Strollers at home to our victor from Tuesday night, Bonnyrigg Rose.

Despite being in Edinburgh, Christie Gillies Park has a bit of a middle-of-nowhere feel about it. To get to the pitch I had to walk through their social club and past a few buckets collecting money for floodlights to be installed. That said, it was a nice little set up and a lot of work had been done to enclose the pitch and put in a small stand since I last came here to watch Berwick in the cup.

As for the game, all of the action happened after the break following a pretty uneventful first half. Bonnyrigg were by far the better team and should have really put away some of their many chances. Lee Currie was dictating things in the middle, though whenever they managed to get anywhere near the opposition goal it all became a bit desperate. It left me wondering how they’d managed to net five on Tuesday night.

The Strollers goal came on the early in the second half as they broke away following a fairly weak penalty appeal at the other end. Andrew Mair was the scorer and it was a neat finish from the left into the bottom right hand corner. Again, Bonnyrigg continued to dominate, though did look vulnerable at the back whenever Civil managed to get enough possession on the ball to get themselves into good positions. Dean Brett especially looked a bit out of sorts.

CSS trying to break (photo from CSS Facebook page)

I do think they would have faired a little better, however, had they concentrated on their own game, rather than constantly playing the hard done by card. The players, bench and supporters were constantly complaining about the smallest of things, including a very soft penalty appeal as the match neared its end.

Big McGachie on the break ....and still standing (Photo from CSS Facebook page)

They did get their reward for all of their pressure however when former Berwick defender Kerr Young rose at the back post to head home an 89th minute equaliser. His celebration aimed at the linesman who his team seemed to be blaming for everything.

There were a couple of very good chances at either end in injury time however the game went on to finish a 1-1 draw, much to the disgust of the Rose fans who aimed all of their rage at the officials.

Neither team were particularly impressive and it left me wondering about the standard of the bottom half of the league with both Bonnyrigg and Civil Service Strollers tipped to do well. Lee Currie was the stand out man for the away team with Alieau Faye starting most of what was impressive for Civil before he saw his marching orders for kicking the ball away towards the end of the game. A crowd of 275 were in attendance, the vast majority making the journey from Bonnyrigg.


CIVIL SERVICE STROLLERS: Trialist, Craig Newell, Scott Main, Kyle Fee, Shaun Turnbull, Scott Clapperton, Alieau Faye, Callum Yeats, Cammy Muirhead, Jack Downis, Andy Mair

Subs not used: Josh Morris, Johnny Devers, Josh Robertson, Iain Ballantyne, Mark McConnell, Trialist

BONNYRIGG ROSE: Mark Weir, Dean Brett, Kerr Young, Alan Horne, Jonathan Stewart (Jamie Docherty 83), Kieran McGachie, Lee Currie, Neil Martyniuk, George Hunter, Scott Gray (Lewis Turner 63), Daniel Baur (Ross Gray 69)

Subs not used: Michael Andrews, Sean Moyes

GOALS: Andy Mair (CSS)

Kerr Young 89m (BON)

SENT OFF: Alieau Faye 90+ (CSS) Second Yellow

Referee: Colin Whyte

Assistant Referee: Chris Ashley

Assistant Referee: Jason Crocker


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