Football: Rothesay men pay heavy price for disastrous start

A DISASTROUS start cost Rothesay Brandane dear on Saturday as the local side suffered their first league defeat of the season after going down 4-2 away to Symington Tinto.

Poor marking allowed Symington’s number 11 to guide home the opening goal after just two minutes, and the Danes barely had time to draw breath before conceding a second, this time a low drive which beat keeper William Lawrence at his near post.

Allan McDonald passed up a great chance to pull one back before more defensive jitters gifted the Lanarkshire side a third goal from a corner kick.

Wes Pattison, returning to the side after completing an eight-match suspension, pulled one back after half an hour, and Stuart McKechnie’s free kick three minutes into the second half looked as if it might set up the Brandanes for a memorable comeback.

But the Danes were unable to find a third – and as they pressed forward they were undone on the hour by Symington’s ever-dangerous number 11, when his side-footed shot beat Lawrence in goal for the hosts’ fourth.

* This Saturday, September 15, the Brandanes travel to East Kilbride to take on one of the league’s two new teams, EKFC Whitehills; kick-off on the 3G surface at the town’s K-Park Training Academy is at 2.30pm.