Glendale will have to endure a miserable Christmas as defeat in a basement battle with JS X1 will see them spend the festive period rooted to the bottom of the table.
Having defeated the opponent’s comprehensively seven days earlier hopes were high that Glendale could do the same again when they faced each other at a very windy Groats Road but with both teams showing a number of changes from the previous week it was clear from the start this would be a different game with the elements sure to play a part. Simon Darwin was given a warm welcome from the visiting fans as he took his usual place back in the manager’s chair to oversee the match but it was the home fans who were on their feet in only 10 minute’s as JS took the lead with a peach of a goal. McCallum found some room on the left wing as his inch perfect cross found CHARLTON who from 9 yards bulleted a header goalwards which Derek McKenzie got a hand to but could not stop entering the net. Glendale were facing a gale force wind but gradually settled into the game and were playing some delightful football in particular down the left where Craig McRae, Danny Lechner and the twin strike force of Steve Middleton and Derek Craigie were linking with some great inter passing and from one such move Dale thought they had equalised when Lechner picked out Craigie at the far post who volleyed over Baldwin only for Sinclair to scoop the ball off the line with Glendale’ claims the ball was over the line ignored by the Referee. However in Glendale’s next attack they did manage to score when C McRae and Lechner again carved open the JS defence and Lechner pulled the ball back to DEREK CRAIGIE who thrashed the ball into the roof of the net. Middleton then missed a glorious chance to score when clean through on Baldwin but elected to try and round the keeper and was driven wide JS scrambling the ball clear. It was to prove to be a costly miss. Lechner was next to curse his luck as he danced along the bye line showing great footwork which would not have looked out of place on “Strictly”, From a tight angle he shot across Baldwin the ball smacking off the inside of the far post and rebounding to safety. A shot from distance from Thain was the best that JS offered which sailed wide of the target and as the half time whistle sounded, Glendale were entitled to feel satisfied with their efforts against a strong wind although they should have been ahead. H.T 1-1
5 minute’s into the start of the 2nd half a JS had what looked like a good claim for a penalty turned down when C McRae clipped Reid in the box and as the ball was cleared downfield Middleton got in behind the JS defence and crossed for CONNOR PIRIE who slammed the ball high into the net for his second goal in as many weeks to put Glendale ahead for the first time. That should have been moment that Glendale seized to go on and win the match instead it was JS who found a second “wind”as they fought back to enjoy a period of dominance. It came as no surprise when they equalised on 63 minutes Adams slipping the ball through the Glendale defence which to be fair you could have driven a double decker bus through and REID kept a cool head to round D McKenzie and score. JS had now a firm grip of the game with Glendale now forced to play on the break struggling to force JS back into their own half and with 10 minute’s left went for broke bringing on top scorer James McMahon and Neil Robb but it did little to stem the tide and when Ryan McRae lost possession on the half way line JS broke forward and a lucky break of the ball saw REID left free and he wasted no time in scoring past D McKenzie. Glendale huffed and puffed till the end but never looked like they could blow the JS defence down and a massive 3 points went to JS which see’s them climb the table futher away from Glendale.
Things now look bleak for Glendale but they can take inspiration from the team of 2011-2012 when an injury ravaged season saw that squad win 7 out of their last 8 games to avoid relegation. It can be done and the talent both on and off the park is there but a big result is needed very very soon.
M,O.M DEREK CRAIGIE.
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