The Men's 1st team played their final match of the first half of the season as they faced Hillhead in horrendous weather conditions at Bellahouston on Saturday. The team were again under strength as Johnny Christie and Chris Nelson both missed out in this game. Hillhead have proved a tough team in the past despite their lowly league position and Coach Mark Ralph had warned the team of this beforehand.
Burne made an electric start and caught Hillhead cold in the first minute when following pressure from Alan Forsyth, the ball was won in the Hillhead half and quickly fed to teenager Lee Morton who dispatched a powerful shot from close range. The normal avalanche of goals failed to materialise as Kelburne struggled to play their normal high pace game due to a combination of poor passing and the weather conditions. Hillhead had a couple of chances to draw level, however these were dealt with by Mark Fulton in the Kelburne goal.
As half time approached Burne killed the game off with 2 quick goals, first Willie Marshall scored from a short corner rebound, before Ross McIntyre added the third with a well taken shot following some good build up play involving Craig Morton and Michael Christie.
The half time message from coaches Ralph and Fowler was to look to consolidate possession. Burne were able to do this better in the second half as Christie, Marshall and Michael Bremner began to control the midfield. Burne added a fourth goal with 20 minutes left when Mark Ralph scored a trademark low drag flick from a short corner.
Kelburne seemed to take the foot of the pedal at this point and following a period of slack play they were punished when ex player Craig Paterson was able to pull a goal back for Hillhead. In the final 10 minutes, Burne were able to find the target a further 3 times with Gareth Hall scoring all 3 to make the score 7-1 as the final whistle blew.
While not their most fluent performance, the team will be satisfied with another comfortable victory which leaves them in a strong position; 7 points clear as the season now takes a break for the Indoor season.