Wishaw Hang On To Beat Off Vics Fight Back

Wishaw Juniors 4 Blantyre Victoria 2


Report by Lindsay Robertson

Wishaw took their goal tally to fifteen for the week as they continue to try and work their way back up the league table.

Having basked in summer sunshine on Monday night as Shotts were beaten those that watched an entertaining encounter on Wednesday night were greeted by weather conditions more akin to November than mid-May as steady rain fell on The Beltane all night.

The game opened with an uncharacteristic mistake by keeper Sandy Thomson as a pass back saw him miskick his clearance, but the visitors were unable to turn it goalward. Wishaw’s first chance came just after when a low Kindlan cross found McGuire who managed to wriggle free from his marker but could not force it behind the keeper.

Blantyre fresh from a good result at Renfrew on Monday had started well and a low cross from Brown passed all the way across goal but could not be converted at the back post as Allan’s sliding effort went into the side netting.

Wishaw were getting forward as well but were finding hard to create and clear-cut opening’s the visitors however were providing more chances as Zeb tried his luck from outside the box with a stinging effort that Thomson got down well to save before collecting the ball at the second attempt before anyone could turn it home.

Having survived that chance though the home side took the lead just a minute later Jordan Thomson set of on a surging run from just inside his own half the winger went unchallenged until he got inside the Blantyre box where a sliding challenge brought him crashing to the ground for a penalty. McGuire did the rest sending the keeper the wrong way as he tucked his penalty in the bottom left hand corner.

Wishaw nearly doubled their lead just a couple of minutes later when although looking as if he was being fouled Dan Kindlan got of a little stabbed effort that curled just wide of the post. Dean Kindlan then got in on the act with a shot from outside the area which was collected by keeper Law.

As the match edged towards half time both sides had chances to add to the score line. First McCafferty miskicked a clearance which Brown latched on to, but his powerful shot flashed wide of the post. At the other end Dan Kindlan robbed a defender on the bye-line who was trying to usher the ball behind. The Wishaw man’s low cross took the keeper out of the game, but the ball was hacked clear before anyone could turn it home.

Half Time: Wishaw 1 Blantyre Victoria 0

With a narrow lead Wishaw made a strong start to the second period and less than ten minutes in they doubled their lead. Dan Kindlan worked his way to the bye line and his little chipped cross found Dean Kindlan in acres of space and his strong downward header beat keeper Law to make it 2-0.

Ten minutes later it looked like Wishaw had made the points safe. Thomson, McGuire and Smillie all combined before Smillie fires an effort into the bottom right hand corner from the edge of the box to make it 3-0.

Having built up a three-goal lead though the home side let their visitor’s back into the match just a few minutes later when a free kick was touched on by Walker and collected by MacKenzie who fired a low shot out of the reach of Thomson to make it 3-1.

Having got back into the match Blantyre began to look the stronger and Thomson had to produce anther save palming away a dangerous effort from a free kick. Then Mackenzie got in on the act again cutting inside before pulling a shot wide of the post.

With ten minutes to go though Blantyre scored again this time after a little scramble near the Wishaw goal Allan got in a cracking strike which brought the best out of Thomson who produced a great reaction save before the rebound fell to MacKenzie and his effort flicked off a Wishaw defender and behind for a corner. From the corner, the ball was partially cleared but a half hit shot back into the box fell in front of MacKenzie who might have been offside but wasted no time in clipping the ball past Thomson to make it 3-2.

Wishaw looked a little rattled and as if the efforts of the week might be beginning to tell on them but as Blantyre pressed forward the home side went on another attack which saw the ball eventually found its way to McGuire who tried his luck from over 25 yards and his low effort in the wet conditions saw w the keeper go down a little early and as the ball skipped off the wet turf with a little bounce he could only get a hand on it and push it up into the net.

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