4ths Move to Top of League

Anchor (0) V Kelburne 4XI (2)

The 4?s continued their unbeaten run on Saturday, with a hard fought 2-0 victory over local rivals Anchor at Linwood.

This was yet another must win game for the 4?s, who knew that victory would see them go top of the league for the first time this season.

The match started at a frantic pace, with both sides battling for possession, with the ?burne probably just having the edge over their opponents.

As the first half wore on, the 4?s managed to put Anchor under more and more pressure, with both veteran Alan Gillies and John Fergusson both coming close to snatching the lead.

Then in the dying seconds of the half, they eventually got the breakthrough.

After a dubious decision by the umpire, Kelburne were awarded a long corner, and when David Magee fired over his cross, goal machine Gillies was on hand to bravely dive in at the back post and force the ball over the line to give his side the edge going into the half time break.

The second half started with the 4?s very much in the ascendancy, with them forcing the home keeper into some fantastic saves, keeping his teams hopes of claiming something from the game.

Then, 15 minutes from the end, the ?burne got the second goal they deserved.

From yet another attack, Gillies found himself in some space at the top of the D, and when he slipped the ball to Captain Fantastic Alyn James, who turned neatly, and calmly put the ball through the keepers legs for his seventh goal of the season.

Anchor did put the ?burne under a bit of pressure towards the end, but they found it virtually impossible to breach the ?iron curtain? that is the 4XI defence, giving keeper Alan (the cat) Malcolmson yet another clean sheet.

A satisfying day for the 4?s, winning another vital 3 points in the title race that looks as though it will go all the way to the last few games of the season.