Football: Brandanes start 2013 with victory at home

Rothesay Brandane's Chris Lawrence runs at the Balmore defence during Saturday's Caledonian League clash.
Rothesay Brandane's Chris Lawrence runs at the Balmore defence during Saturday's Caledonian League clash.

Rothesay Brandane began 2013 in the best possible fashion with a 4-1 home win over Balmore in the Caledonian League first division on Saturday.

The island side made a bright start to the match, with James Sprowl shooting wide in only the second minute, but it was the Lanarkshire men who opened the scoring against the run of the early play thanks to David Roy’s long-distance effort.

But the Danes, who had won three of their last four home fixtures, levelled through Wes Pattison’s cool finish on 38 minutes, and Sprowl atoned for his early miss two minutes later when he burst through the Balmore defence and, after his first attempt was blocked by keeper Graeme Young, showed good reactions to convert the rebound.

The pace of the game slowed considerably in the second half, but the Rothesay men eventually gave themselves some breathing space when sub Jordan Selkirk headed home Wes Pattison’s tempting cross in the gathering gloom on 74 minutes.

Stuart McKechnie put the icing on the cake with an audacious chip into the Balmore net from a tight angle on the stroke of full-time.