4thXI Maintain Challenge

Western 3rd XI 1 V 2 Kelburne 4th XI

Kelburne 4th XI had one of their toughest matches of the season on Saturday, when they had to visit league leaders, and arch rivals Western 3rd XI.

This was the third clash between these two great rivals this season and with Western winning both of the previous encounters, Kelburne had a point to prove.

The home side started the match brightly, passing the ball well and working the Kelburne midfield without really troubling the visitors goal.

Soon, the visitors patience paid off, and they pushed the home side onto the back foot.

With midfielders Stuart Robin and Scott Hamilton getting on top of things, the 4?s were soon running proceedings.

Then just before half time, Kelburne had the ball in the net. Midfielder Alyn James slamming home what he thought was the opener, only for it to be disallowed for hitting a foot on the way into the ?D?.

The second half started much the same as the first, only this time Western made their possession count.

The ball was put into the crowded ?D?, and after two deflections found it?s way to the unmarked Western forward who scored to make it 1-0.

This kicked the 4?s into life, and before long the scores were tied. Stuart Robin picked up a loose ball on the Western 25, and drove forward, bursting through the home defence to blast home an unstoppable shot from fully 16 yards.

With both teams giving as good as they got, this game really could have gone either way. But with the 4?s knowing only a victory would be good enough to stay in contention for the league title, they had that added determination.

With only 7 minutes remaining, Kelburne?s efforts were rewarded.

A penalty corner was awarded, and when the ball came out to Alan Gillies, he squared the ball to Scott Hamilton who swept home for what proved to be the winner.

With time running out, Western poured men forward, and even after surviving some dubious decisions by the home umpire, Kelburne emerged victorious.

Another well earned 3 points for the Paisley men, who dug deep and have now given themselves a fighting chance of retaining the league title.

This weekend sees Uddingston 2nd Xi visit Bellahouston