Football: Brandanes fall to second pre-season defeat

THE Brandanes suffered their second pre-season defeat in a row on Saturday as Drumchapel Amateurs eased to a 3-1 friendly win, writes Nino Robertson.

The home team made encouraging strides in the opening stages but were undone after half an hour when Drumchapel’s number ten played a one- two with his strike partner, who was able to volley past the helpless Lawrence in goal.

Drumchapel added a second four minutes before the interval when the visitors’ number two broke forward and was set the easiest of tasks when the ball fell to his feet, despite the best efforts of the Danes keeper to stop his side falling further into the mire.

The Brandanes looked a much better bet after the restart; midway through the half Wes Pattison nearly reduced the leeway when he latched on to a Philip Toop pass and cut inside after a strong run forward, only to crack his shot against the post.

Six minutes from time Drumchapel extended their advantage after Gary McGregor handled in the box, allowing the visitors’ number ten to add his team’s third from the penalty spot.

But the hosts did at least have the last word, Pattison adding an air of respectability to the final score when he rounded the Drumchapel keeper and casually walked the ball over the line

* This Saturday, August 4, the Brandanes’ pre-season preparations continue with a friendly at home to Gourock, kicking off at 2.30pm.