Narrow defeat for Bute boys

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Last week’s game saw the local boys away to Johnstone Burgh, with the boys on a high after a string of great results, bolstered by the chance to go top of the league for a while everything looked rosy the youngsters, writes coach Roddie Leitch.

Travelling with a few extra supporters than normal this week the boys seemed well up for the game as we took the short trip into Johnstone.

The bad weather held off and on a perfect 3G pitch everything looked great, apart from the start the boys made.

Playing a very high line after only ten minutes the boys fell behind, Johnstones’ number seven running through and beating Ryan from close in to make it 1-0. This had been coming in the opening period and if not for some great stops from Ryan it could have been so much worse.

It only took a few minutes though for the boys to get back on track, Scott McAlister, in his new position up front levelling things up with a fine solo goal.

This seemed to open the floodgates with Connor McLymont making it 2-1 direct from a corner, with Matt adding his first of the day to make it 3-1 shortly afterwards.

Again though, some lazy midfield play let five players run through with only Lex and Kalum to slow them down, and they ably made it 3-2.

Matthew’s pace then played a part in his second and BYFC’s fourth of the day, hunting down a back pass when the defender thought he had more time, the clearance caught him in the stomach but he stood his ground, rounding the keeper to sweep it home to make it 4-2 at half time.

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