Blackburn United 0 v 3 Bathgate Thistle

Saturday 8 November 2014

County Cup 1st Round / Seafield

Bathgate Starting line up; Jake, Leon, Sean, James, Connor Bally, Baillie, Lewis, Harry, Aiden.  Subs; Robbie, Gareth, Scott, Sam, Ross

Congratulations go to the Blackburn coaches for managing to find an alternate venue at very late notice, after finding that the pitch in Blackburn wasn’t playable.  Over the past two seasons, games between the sides have  are been tight.  Neither side affords the other any space and there’s the added spice of ex Bathgate players in the Blackburn side.

Bathgate round off firework week with an explosive start to the match.  Straight from kick off theball is played out to Connor on the left wing.  Connor crosses the ball and Aidan edges in front of a defender to meet it at the near post, he controls it nicely and dispatches the ball past the Blackburn keeper.  Bathgate are a goal up with 26 seconds on the clock……it’s a dream start

Bathgate double their lead after 10 minutes when a Lewis corner is met by a header from Connor who’s made the space with a nice run across the face of the goal.

Blackburn are trying to catch Bathgate with the long ball but Jake is quickly off his line to play the role of sweeper.  Bathgate go into half time 2 goals up.

As we’ve seen in previous encounters, both sides are closing one another down quickly but Bathgate have the most of the second half; they just can’t put the ball in the net. It’s not until Robbie comes on that Bathgate get a third goal, he rounds the keeper to put the result beyond doubt.  Blackburn 0 v Bathgate 3

Both sides meet again next Saturday in the league.

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