Barclay Viewforth Church congregation on Blackford Hill

Football: A Tight Contest But Still No Joy

Barclay Viewforth United 2 Broxburn Baptists 3

Two well crafted goals by Broxburn’s Jason McGuiness were the undoing of Barclay at South Gyle on Saturday 12th September.

These scores were countered in the first half by a fine headed goal by Matt, putting the team right back in the mix. With Broxburn down to ten men, BVU operating with three centre halves, and Billy and Fernando up front during the second half, Barclay enjoyed a dominance of possession throughout most of the second period.

Broxburn defended stoically however and the Barclay dominance wasn’t converted to goals. By the time Billy nodded in a deserved second in a crowded six yard area, Broxburn had scored a third against the run of play, taking advantage of Dean and Saz simultaneously pulling up.

It was a frustrating end to match where Barclay had looked odds on to take a share of the points.

Three matches into the 2015/16 ECFA season and BVU remain one of three teams still to register a league point. There are however some real signs of ‘green shoots’ and credit for this must partly go to some new blood in the squad.

Barclay manager Andrew Stephenson took the praise some of the new additions to the squad, saying “Michael Gratham has made a steadying impact in central midfield while the attacking zeal of Axel and Fernando on the occasions they have played have caused our opponents difficulties. Chris Whelan’s role in galvanising the squad through delivering innovative and high octane training sessions also deserves to be highlighted.”

These training sessions continue on the Meadows starting at 6.30pm on Wednesdays and will continue until the Autumnal light compels the squad to move to a floodlit venue, yet to be identified.

Next match:Saturday 19th September ECFA league v AC Oxgangs

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