Jamie Glasgow came to us in the summer on a free from Auchinleck Talbot having played over 50 games over 4 seasons in League 2 for East Stirlingshire earlier on in his career. At 25 he should be in his prime and is our starting left winger in the 4-1-4-1/pressing forward in the 3-5-2. He is quick and agile (13’s Pace, Acc & Agility) but has no other standout attributes.
Before the game with Kelty our Reserves beat Threave Rovers Reserves 3-1, McConnell, Churchill & Steve Docherty with the goals.
22 August – New Signing
Brian Kinnear (18, 6ft) comes in as a potential first team keeper, having been released by Rangers. As you can see above when compared with Fraser Burnett, our current first team keeper, he is better physically, mentally and in a few technicals. Its a tough one as Fraser has been pretty good so far. I’ll take it game by game.
Back to Kelty Hearts. The Season preview has them 10th currently, and they have a relatively weak squad compared to us and they have won 1 lost 1 so far (Losing to Queen’s Park, thinking they are going to be very tough even though they are Amateur).
We are at full strength, going with the high press, hoping to grind teams down. Kelty go with a narrow 4-4-2 diamond. Staying positive, lets go.
HT Kelty Hearts 1 (Black 34) Civil Service 0
A positive start as well, plenty of attacking intent but mis-directed headers. Kelty came into it after the 20 minute mark and has a couple of good chances, Burnett standing firm. Then in the 34th minute Black ran 30 yards with the ball before letting go of a screamer from 25 yards to make it 1-0 to Kelty. Again we’ve huffed and puffed but we’ve not got the rewards. 1-0 to Kelty at half time.
We go 3-5-2 for the 2nd half, Murdoch on for Burbidge. Hopefully pulling the line back a bit will create a bit more space to work in, with a slightly less manic press.
FT Kelty Hearts 2 (Black 34, Rutherford 90+2) Civil Service 0 Att 111 (18 Away)
Lots of intent but no output, and to rub salt into the wound Kelty got their second in injury time through Rutherford. Back to the drawing board, thinking the players are just not good enough to play at such a high tempo plus we don’t look like putting the ball in the net. We’ve not game fopr a couple of weeks so a friendly next Saturday will be a good time to try something else.