Mens 1's finish with 100% Record

Kelburne: 4

Western:  3
 
1/5/10
 
The men's 1's went into the game against local rivals knowing that victory would ensure that the team finished the season with a 100% record. Burne were missing ace marksman Johnny Christie, who was ruled out with a knee injury picked up during last week's victory over Clydesdale.
 
Burne were on the front foot from the first whistle, and were putting the Wildcats defence under severe pressure. This was soon to be converted to the opening goal as fine work by the forwards allowed Michael Christie to fire home his 15th goal of the season to put the team 1 up.
 
Western were now fully on the retreat and were happy to play a half court press, which allowed Mark Ralph and Willie Marshall time to launch probing passes into midfield. Burne took full advantage of this and were soon two up when Gareth Hall followed up a rebound from a fierce Michael Christie volley to score from close range.
 
Slack play on the left hand side allowed former burne player Steven Percy to sneak into the D and his mis hit shot deceived Mark Fulton in goals. This spurred burne into action and following some close calls top scorer Kenny Bain was on hand to turn home a Josh Cairns cross to restore the 2 goal lead just before half time. Western had some possession in the closing minutes of the half but the defence was being well organised by Marshall.
 
 

Burne began the second half looking to put the game away and a fine passing move allowed Chris Nelson the chance to add to the score but he was denied by a block by Kris Kane in the Wildcats goal. Western then turned the game on its head with 2 quick goals, first following up a rebound at a short corner, then scoring from a quick breakaway following some confusion in the defence, although a Western forward appeared to kick the ball in the build up.

 
Western seemed content to sit back and play for the draw and this allowed Burne to begin to dominate the game, several chances passed and Kane seemed to be in inspired form in the wildcats goal. Just when it seemed that the game was destined for a draw Alan Forsyth was on hand to fire home the winner with 3 minutes left following a fine passing move to give Kelburne a deserved victory.
 
While the result might have been closer than supporters would have liked, burne were able to finish the season with a 100% record for the league season having scored 104 goals and conceding only 15. A fantastic achievement for the squad and coach Derek Forsyth.
 
Kelburne now turn their attention to next weeks Scottish Cup Semi Final where they will be looking to avenge last years defeat as they face Grange at Peffermill. Push Back is 15:45.