Brandane lose out to Stenhousemuir

Rothesay Brandane in action against Stenhousemuir
Rothesay Brandane in action against Stenhousemuir

Rothesay Brandane played host to Stenhousemuir last Saturday for the first time as they have just joined the 
Caledonian League.

Stenhousemuir who had to start in League Div 1A for their first season already look like title contenders sitting second top of the League with a game in hand.

This six-goal thriller was well worth watching and the supporters must have enjoyed every minute.

Stenhousemuir opened the scoring when a free kick into the Danes 18 yard box was not properly cleared and the centre forward coolly slotted the ball home.

Danes had chances to level when first Wes Pattison shot passed the post and then Alan Poole sliced a great opportunity well wide.

The visitors doubled their lead when the referee awarded them a very soft penalty when James Sprowl cleared the ball from the no 9 who went down very easily with minimum contact.

The Danes kept fighting their corner and were themselves awarded what looked another very soft penalty and Sean Lawrence placed the spot kick into the bottom corner.

With the score at 2-1 at half time it meant the home team were still in the game if they could just nick the 
next goal.

The second half started with both teams attacking when they could with both goal keepers performing well.

It was Stenhousemuir who went 3-1 up when a free kick right at the corner flag was crossed into the Danes box and their big no 6 headed home.

Wes Pattison then came close to scoring for the hosts when he got on to a loose ball in the visitors box but the keeper again just got a hand to it.

Stenhousemuir then scored a fourth goal which could have been avoided when a poor clearance from the Danes defence was picked up and the no 10 ran through and scored.

The Brandane kept trying to get back into the game and were rewarded when Sean Lawrence was brought down inside the box for a clear cut penalty this time.

Sean got up and scored from the spot sending the keeper the wrong way.

Although this very young Rothesay team lost 4-2 against a very good Stenhousemuir team they can look at the game and see the improvement made already from the start of the season.

Rothesay Brandane AFC have no game this Saturday.