SLFL Roundup – Non-League Day!

It’s been a mere week since we last joined you with an SLFL Roundup and yet so much has happened in that time that we’ll need to skirt over the midweek fixtures in just one paragraph. Hold on to your hats…

A full midweek round of Scottish Lowland Football League fixtures saw wins for The Spartans, BSC Glasgow, East Kilbride, Cumbernauld Colts, Selkirk, and Edinburgh University who scored a last minute winner to beat East Stirlingshire. It was bad news for Gretna 2008’s talismanic striker Stuart Gray who is likely to miss several months of the season after damaging his knee in the Black and Whites’ 5-1 win over Edusport Academy.

One paragraph.

Matchday 11 – non-league day

Derbies were the order of the day on Non-League Day and now seems as good a time as any to thank the clubs and fans who made the day a success.

Gretna 2008, without Stuart Gray, saw their rivals Dalbeattie Star turn up at Raydale Park fresh after a midweek postponement and what a game it turned out to be. This Gretna side have goals in abundance and industrious striker Kevin Connelly put them ahead inside 20 minutes before Kingsley Grandison added a second ten minutes after half time. Dalbeattie Star weren’t to be outdone though: Lewis Todd and James Baty hit quickfire goals to level the scores at 2-2. Kevin Connelly popped up with his eighth goal of the season in the dying moments of the match.

There had been cards galore in this feisty derby and both Gretna’s Jack Hunter and Star’s Steven Degnan saw their yellows turn into reds before the final whistle blew.

Selkirk paid a visit to Victoria Park to take on Vale of Leithen and, with games in hand on the league leaders, put pressure on the table-toppers. Calum Helm scored on 18 minutes for Ian Fergus’ side before Kerr Allan equalised for the hosts on the half hour. Our preview picked out Selkirk midfielder David Banjo as one to watch this weekend and he scored with ten minutes to go to make 3-1 to The Souters and put them within seven points of the summit with two games in hand.

It was early pace-setters BSC Glasgow that a number of teams were looking to make up ground on this weekend and their hosts Civil Service Strollers duly obliged. Gary Redpath scored early for the visitors but from then on it was Civil, Civil, Civil as the Christie Gillies Park side ran out 4-2 victors thanks to two goals from Jack Downie, one from Stephen Froude and one for the enigmatic A. Trialist.

Advantage to The Spartans then as they welcomed old foes Whitehill Welfare to Ainslie Park looking to put their game in hand to good use and reel in BSC. An entertaining game between two famous old rivals resulted in a 2-0 Spartans victory with second half goals from Blair Tolmie and Jamie Dishington sealing the three points. Dougie Samuel’s side now side just one point behind top spot with a game in hand.

Edinburgh University took on University of Stirling in a tightly contested game at Peffermill.

East Kilbride picked up a solid win in midweek and were looking to build on it against an Edusport Academy side licking their wounds after a heavy defeat at home. A tight game with some excellent football on both sides saw Ahmed Bouchentouf cancel out Sean Winter’s first half goal but teenager Michael Anderson came off the bench and made the difference with ten minutes to go – his strike giving Billy Stark’s side a 2-1 win.

Andy Rodgers found his scoring boots for East Stirlingshire who took advantage of two losses for Edusport to move into eighth in the table with a 3-1 win over Cumbernauld Colts. William Mortimer scored in the first half for Colts before Rodgers cancelled it out on the stroke of half time. Second half goals for Liam Allison and another for Rodgers did for Colts who slip into fifth.

It’s been all change under Craig Tully at Hawick Royal Albert and a good crowd at Albert Park welcomed rivals Gala Fairydean Rovers. The Albert kept things tight and both sides were creating good chances and there was just a hint that the hosts might be about to pick up their first point of the season. Unfortunately no-one had told Jamie Gullan that and he scored with ten minutes to go before Billy Miller added a second on 90 minutes, leaving Hawick with nothing.

Last but not least we head back to Edinburgh and the glorious surroundings of Peffermill for the University Derby as Dorian Ogunro’s Edinburgh University welcomed University of Stirling whose manager Chris Geddes named himself in the starting lineup. It was a tightly contested match between two incredibly committed and well-organised sides and it was the finest of margins that saw Stirling take the win. A stab home in a six-yard box stramash from Lewis Bonar gave the three points to the visitors.

Vale of Leithen and Gala Fairydean Rovers are the only teams in SLFL action next weekend as attention turns back to the Scottish Cup and Football Nation Qualifying Cup, so you’ll be able to enjoy some peace next Monday.

Here’s the all-important league table…

PosClubPWDLFAGDPts
130234364174773
230225376235371
330205571274465
430197467313664
5301531263501348
630118115354-141
730117124744340
830124145056-640
930115144549-438
103097144649-334
113097144045-534
1230111185066-1634
133087154363-2031
143078154665-1929
153085174476-3229
1630132618108-906

And here’s the top goalscorers list…

PlayerClubGoals
Jack SmithBSC Glasgow21
Ross McNeilEast Kilbride19
Andy RodgersEast Stirlingshire18
Paul SluddenEast Stirlingshire18
Martin GrehanBSC Glasgow17
Kevin ConnellyGretna 200815
Sean BrownCumbernauld Colts15
Sean WinterEast Kilbride13
Steven FroudeCivil Service Strollers12
Daryl HealySelkirk12
Stuart NobleGala Fairydean Rovers11
Jamie DishingtonThe Spartans11
Gary NicholsonWhitehill Welfare10
Ross AllumThe Spartans10
Jake SmithGretna 20089
Shaun StewartVale of Leithen9
Tommy MuirDalbeattie Star8
Nathan EvansEdinburgh University8
Kieran HallUniversity of Stirling8
Dale BaxterSelkirk8