In another league clash with Tweedmouth Rangers, Bo’ness emerged victorious, securing back-to-back wins in a match that saw an early taste of winter with chilling winds. Nevertheless, the adverse conditions failed to dampen the team’s performance, with four goals courtesy of Robertson, Shearer, M. Weir, and Ogilvie comfortably sealing victory.
Unlike the previous fixture, where Bo’ness conceded an early goal, this time they stood resolute, with two early chances falling to Robertson. In the opening minute, Robertson unleashed a low shot from outside the box, but it went straight at the keeper, who scooped up the effort. M. Weir then played a pass out to R. Weir on the right-hand side of the box, who squared it back to Robertson as he made a diagonal run across. However, his right-footed shot was blocked by the Tweedmouth defence and subsequently cleared.
Tweedmouth came close to a spectacular goal in the ninth minute when a cutback from the far right was met with a first-time shot from 20 yards out. Only the bar, possibly assisted by a fingertip save from Currid, denied the Tweedmouth player a remarkable strike.
In the tenth minute, Shearer appeared to have put Bo’ness ahead when he lofted the ball over the keeper into the net. Unfortunately, the celebration was cut short by an early offside whistle. Robertson attempted to break the deadlock once more from about 20 yards out, but this time his shot sailed high and wide of the target.
Not to be discouraged, Robertson, under similar circumstances, dribbled into the 18-yard box, cut back onto his right foot, and dispatched a shot into the net, at the keeper’s near post. It was a quintessential Robertson goal, showcasing his skills in the race for the club’s top scorer this season.
Shearer, keen to continue his prolific goal-scoring form, had a chance shortly after, outpacing the last defender. However, when faced with only the keeper to beat, his attempt appeared to come off his shin, resulting in a goal kick.
In the 18th minute, good work down the right from R. Weir saw him fake a pass, check back, and pick out M. Weir. With just a single touch, M. Weir guided the ball past the stranded keeper from six yards out.
Next, it was Shearer’s opportunity to get on the scoresheet, as he found himself unmarked inside the six-yard box during a corner. Unfortunately, his header lacked the necessary height and sailed over the bar. However, he rectified the situation 30 seconds later, making it 3-0. Shearer took a pass with his back to goal, deftly beat his marker, and fired an unstoppable right-footed shot past the Tweedmouth keeper.
Ryan Weir, this time on the left, delivered a cross-cum-shot that narrowly missed the far post. Notably, a penalty shout was missedn by the referee, who apparently did not see the apparent stamp on Weir by a Tweedmouth defender immediately after the shot.
The fourth goal arrived when Ogilvie, stationed at the back post, took advantage of a couple of deflected efforts from Robertson. Eventually, the ball fell to R. Weir, who laid off a pass to Mitchell. He lofted a pinpoint cross to Ogilvie at the far post, who emphatically slammed it home, marking Bo’ness’s final goal of the game.
Ogilvie had another chance to add to his tally, but he sent his shot just wide of the keeper’s far post. Robertson had the final opportunity of the first half with a free-kick from distance, but his effort sailed a few feet over the bar.
In the second half, Ogilvie was replaced by club captain MacKay. Tweedmouth looked to make their mark early, displaying good build-up play that led to a lay-off and a long-range shot from outside the box. However, the shot blazed well over the bar.
In the 62nd minute, Robertson, after taking a knock, made way for striker McAteer. Moments later, MacKay attempted his trademark long-distance strike from a layoff following a free-kick. However, his effort failed to trouble the Tweedmouth keeper.
The match took an unexpected turn when Bo’ness was reduced to ten men. Woodburn, typically reliable in defence, found himself shown the red card. A long ball heading towards the Bo’ness goal seemed comfortably handled by Woodburn. However, he collided with goalkeeper Currid, sending him to the ground. The loose ball was quickly scooped up by the Tweedmouth striker. Woodburn, seemingly, placed an arm over his shoulder and dragged him down, leading to the immediate awarding of a penalty and red card
The resulting penalty kick was calmly dispatched, sending Currid the wrong way, bringing the score to 4-1.
With Bo’ness down to ten men but with three points secured, Tweedmouth displayed a stronger performance in the second half, gaining greater control of the game. Nevertheless, the points had already been wrapped up in the first half.
Tweedmouth, despite their determined efforts, have proved to be challenging opponents over the two games. It is remarkable that they have yet to secure a single point this season. Bo’ness have now extended their lead at the top to eight points, with a game in hand over second and third place in the league.
Final Score: Bo’ness Athletic 4 – 1 Tweedmouth Rangers
The East of Scotland Second Division League Match No. 9
|14/10/2023||14:30||East of Scotland Second Division||2023/24|
|Newtown Park Stadium, 104 Jamieson Ave, Bo'ness EH51 0JX|
|Club||1st Half||2nd Half||Goals|
KO 30 45 63 65 73 75 75 84 84 FT