A battling second half fightback wasn’t quite enough to earn Rothesay Brandane their first home Caledonian League point of the season on Saturday.
But having been thrashed 9-0 by Rhu seven days previously, and up against a Castlemilk side which had itself beaten Rhu 5-0, the Danes could have been forgiven for fearing the worst against a team in its first season competing in the Caledonian League.
Happily for any apprehensive home supporters, the game proved to be much closer than some were expecting, although the visitors had the deadlier touch in front of goal in a first half of few chances; Chris Dawson opened the scoring on 18 minutes from Ross Nicol’s defence-splitting pass, and Nicol himself added Castlemilk’s second seven minutes before the break, forcing the ball over the line after a goalmouth scramble which featured a superb save by keeper Ryan Leitch and a desperate goal-line clearance.
But the Danes refused to throw in the towel after the break, and Chris Lawrence’s low drive midway through the second half brought the hosts right back into the match.
Sadly for the Rothesay men, their efforts were to come to nothing - and Matthew Leitch’s injury-time red card after a goalmouth stramash only added to the hosts’ disappointment.
* Full match report in the next edition of The Buteman - on sale from Thursday, November 13.