Men's 1's triumph in one sided local derby

Men's 1: 7
Western Wildcats: 1
 

Western arrived at Bellahouston on Saturday for the local derby clash with the Men's 1st XI looking to avenge their defeat in last season's cup final. Gareth Hall and Kiwi Steve Crossett were mssing from the line up for this local derby.

 
From the first whistle Western were on the back foot as Burne started with a high press against the Western backline which included former player Gavin Sommerville in goals.
 
Kelburne were soon into their stride and they took the lead inside the first five minutes. A long pass down the left found Johnny Christie in space and folling his cut back and amid some confusion in the Wildcats defence top scorer Alan Forsyth was on hand to open the scoring with his 5th of the season.
 
Burne were well on top of the game at this stage and it was no surprise when the second goal arrived. The move again started on the left and found the fit again Chris Nelson free in the D and he was able to fire past Sommerville. Western almost gained a foothold in the game however a short corner was well kept out by a combination of Mark Fulton and Mark Ralph on the line.
 
Kelburne increased their lead midway through the half when the mercurial Michael Christie picked up the ball deep in the Wildcats half beat 2 players before rounding the advancing Sommerville and rolling the ball home. Western were able to pull a goal back following some sloppy play in their own D with Joe Simpson bearting Fulton from close range. There was still time in the half for Kelburne to increase their lead as Forsyth was again on hand to net from close range to leave the score at half time 4-1.
 

Western started the 2nd half looking to get back into the game and had some possession in the Kelburne half but any thoughts of a comeback were soon extinguished when the outstanding Nelson added his second with a rocket shot which flew into the net.

 
Burne were well on top at this stage and were cutting through the Wildcats defence with ease. One fantastic move reulted in the 7th goal, fine play at the back from Willie Marshall and Ross Fitzgerald created space on the left hand side to find Forsyth and he was able to find Johnny Christie unarked in the D to open his account for the season,
 
Mark Ralph was unlucky not to add to the scoring as a trademark drag flick rebounded off the post. The scoring was completed in the final 5 minutes when following another break from Michael Christie he was able to set up brother Johnny to round off the scoring.
 
A fantastic team performance with some outstanding contributions from a number of the team. The result sees the team retain their place at the top of the table. They have a free weekend next week before entertaining Clydesdale at Bellahouston on the 8th of October.