ROSSVALE 5 FORTH WANDERERS 1
Forth completed their league campaign with a 5-1 defeat to Rossvale at Petershill Park this afternoon. The Wanderers could consider themselves unlucky to be a goal down at the interval after a first half in which they created five great chances. The second half was a different matter however with Rossvale well on top and a Martin Hannaway goal was no more than a consolation for Forth.
FORTH WANDERERS 3 BENBURB 4
The Wanderers were knocked out of the Central League Cup 4-3 by Benburb at Kingshill this afternoon.
Things looked bleak at the interval with Forth 3 down but a Wullie McLaren strike gave hope only for the Bens to make it 4-1 soon after. Late goals from Kris Jarvie and McLaren again set up an interesting last few minutes but the visitors held out and now face Lesmahagow in the next round.
FORTH WANDERERS 2 WISHAW 0
The Wanderers secured their Central 1st Division status with a 2-0 victory over Wishaw at Kingshill Park tonight. Second half goals from Wullie McLaren and David Dunn gave Forth a deserved victory on a night when there was no doubting the commitment of the men in red and indeed the scoreline could have been greater.
BENBURB 2 FORTH WANDERERS 2
Forth drew 2-2 with Benburb at a wet New Tinto Park yesterday afternoon. Perhaps fortunate to be leading 2-0 at the interval after a fairly even first half, the Wanderers were pegged back by a strong Benburb second half performance which saw the hosts score twice to setup a nervy finale. The Forth goals were scored by Barry McGeechan and David Dunn. The Wanderers lost both McGeechan and Taylor Scott to first half injuries and a twisted knee means Barry will be out for the remaining games this season. One point from our final two matches, at home to Wishaw and away to Rossvale, is still required to ensure safety.
THORNIEWOOD UNITED 3 FORTH WANDERERS 2
Forth lost 3-2 to Thorniewood United at Robertson Park yesterday in a close contest. Wullie McLaren equalised an early United goal only for the hosts to score again, making it 2-1. A Barry McGeechan penalty leveled things up just prior to the interval before Thorniewood once again nosed ahead on 68 minutes. The Wanderers finished the game strongly but were denied by some fine saves from the home keeper who ensured the points stayed in Viewpark.
JOHNSTONE BURGH 0 FORTH WANDERERS 2
A comfortable victory for the Wanderers at Keanie Park tonight, which could easily have been more, sees them progress to face Benburb at home in the next round of the Central League Cup. The goals came from Barry McGeechan in the first half and Alan Clark in the second.
PRIZE DRAW WINNERS
The winners in the Wanderers prize draw were as follows :
£100 – Graham Turner
£50 – Elaine Robertson
£25 – Jim Drummond
£25 – Chloe Robertson
Red Wine – Jim Easton
White Wine – Alan Muir
12 Lager – W.Baggley
£20 Next Voucher – Elspeth Miller
£15 Boots Voucher – J.Erskine
Chivas Regal – M.Whyte
Red Wine – Mary Lindsay
White Wine – Maureen Robertson
Thanks to all who bought tickets, it’s much appreciated by the club.
FORTH WANDERERS 2 LESMAHAGOW 1
Goals from Barry McGeechan and the evergreen Kris Jarvie saw the Wanderers edge Lesmahagow 2-1 in a close encounter at Kingshill this evening.
The ‘Gow took an 11th minute lead but Barry McGeechan leveled things on 25 to make it 1-1 at the interval. The second half saw both teams spurn chances to take the lead until Kris Jarvie popped up to net from close range after a Wullie McLaren free kick had been spilled by the otherwise impressive ‘Gow keeper.
The win moves the Wanderers up three places in the table and within touching distance of safety with 5 games still to play.
WISHAW JUNIORS 4 FORTH WANDERERS 2
The Wanderers lost 4-2 to Wishaw at the Beltane this evening despite being twice ahead. A dull first half was brightened up by a goal of the season contender from Wullie McLaren from fully 35 yards to give Forth the interval advantage. Wishaw equalised a minute into the second half only for Barry McGeechan to restore the Wanderers lead from the penalty spot. The hosts then scored twice in 4 minutes just after the hour mark and made sure of the points in injury time with a quick break after Forth had been pressing for an equaliser.
CAMBUSLANG RANGERS 3 FORTH WANDERERS 3
The Wanderers drew 3-3 with Cambuslang Rangers at a sunny Somervell Park yesterday afternoon. 2-1 ahead at the interval thanks to a Wullie McLaren brace things looked promising for Forth when David Dunn made it 3-1 early in the second half. However, the Lang pulled one back and then earned a point with a late late equaliser, much to the consternation of the Forth support who were left wondering where all the injury time had come from. To add insult to injury both Lachlan Tait and Barry McGeechan were red-carded during this injury time.
LARKHALL THISTLE 4 FORTH WANDERERS 1
Forth lost 4-1 to Larkhall Thistle at Gasworks Park this evening, Wullie McLaren netting the Wanderers goal.
However, the scoreline doesn’t reflect a game in which the Wanderers were often in the ascendancy against their title chasing hosts. Larkhall took the lead after 10 minutes but the remainder of the half saw the Wanderers on the front foot coming close through Lachlan Tait and Wullie McLaren before a sweet Taylor Scott strike rebounded off both posts and back to safety. Forth continued to press but 1-0 it remained at half time.
The second half began with McLaren coming agonisingly close to an equaliser before Larkhall doubled their lead on 49 minutes. Undaunted, the Wanderers kept attacking and got their reward when Wullie McLaren netted after good work from the industrious Taylor Scott. It was all Forth at this stage and they were denied the chance of an equaliser when Barry McGeechan was clearly fouled in the box only for the referee to unbelievably wave away the Forth penalty claims. A match changing decision. Larkhall were always dangerous on the break and made it 3-1 on 78 minutes before rubbing salt into the wounds with a fourth in injury time.
A bad night was made worse by injuries to Jason Corbett and Barry McGeechan, hopefully neither are too serious.
FORTH WANDERERS 3 NEILSTON JUNIORS 0
The Wanderers returned to winning ways at Kingshill Park this afternoon, defeating Neilston 3-0 to earn a vital 3 points. Playing against a strong wind in the first half, Forth still managed to create the better chances with Craig Gupwell and Wullie McLaren both going close on a couple of occasions. However, it was goalless at half-time.
The second half saw Forth continue to press although it took until 77 minutes for the deadlock to be broken when Martin ‘Hitman’ Harty leapt like a salmon to head home a McLaren corner. Three minutes later it was 2-0 when Kris Jarvie poked home from close range after visiting keeper Graham did well to save a McLaren free kick and McLaren himself completed the scoring with a tremendous strike on the 90 minute mark.
A great team performance and a first clean sheet of the campaign to boot, which sets us up for a tough run of three away games, starting at Larkhall on Wednesday.
JOHNSTONE BURGH 2 FORTH WANDERERS 0
The Wanderers lost 2-0 to bottom of the table Johnstone Burgh at Keanie Park and can have little complaint after a disappointing performance. It could’ve been more than one at half time with the hosts spurning several good chances although Forth did come close through Craig Gupwell and Wullie McLaren. The second half saw the Wanderers press for an equaliser only to be hit by a sucker punch second at the death. The result leaves Forth second bottom of the table, albeit with games in hand on several of their rivals. Next up is another tough encounter at home to Neilston Juniors, who are not yet safe from relegation themselves.
LESMAHAGOW 3 FORTH WANDERERS 4
The Wanderers claimed a vital 3 points at Craighead Park this afternoon when they defeated Lesmahagow 4-3 in an entertaining game.
David Cherrie saved an early Gow penalty before Warren Grenfell put the Wanderers ahead with a cool finish. However, the hosts came back to lead 2-1 until Taylor Scott scored to level things up at the interval. The Gow regained the lead and things looked bleak for Forth when they were reduced to 10 men after Stephen Tait was sent off for a last man challenge. Undaunted, the Wanderers produced a stirring finish and goals from Wullie McLaren and Kevin Bradley saw them take the 3 points back to Kingshill.
FORTH WANDERERS 0 ST. ROCH’S 2
The Wanderers lost 2-0 to the Candy Rock at Kingshill this afternoon,with goals after an hour and deep into injury time the difference between the sides. However the result doesn’t reflect the game itself in which Forth matched their title chasing opponents throughout, despite the inexplicable sending off of David Dunn after only 15 minutes. The Wanderers best chances fell to Craig Gupwell who headed over from close range in the first half and Kevin Bradley whose effort which was well saved in the second.
The game was preceded by a minutes applause for the late Bobby McDonald, hardcore Wanderers supporter and gateman – thanks to the Roch fans,management and players for joining in, much appreciated.
VALE OF CLYDE 2 FORTH WANDERERS 2
The Wanderers drew 2-2 with Vale of Clyde at Fullarton Park this afternoon. An early Roddy Hunter header, after good work by Wullie McLaren, and a cleverly disguised Taylor Scott effort saw Forth two goals to the good at the interval. However Vale came storming back to dominate the second half and level things up,although the Wanderers almost stole it at the death when a fine Hunter effort was well saved by the home keeper.
A decent result considering the threadbare squad and the fact it was our first competitive game since mid-December.
The club are having a fundraiser in Hush Nightclub, Church Street, Coatbridge on Saturday 4th March at 7:30pm.
Tickets are £10 and include 5 raffle tickets. All welcome and raffle prizes gratefully received!
Having not played a match in 2017, with the resultant lack of income, this is an opportunity to raise much needed funds for the Wanderers and have a good time to boot. Please support it if you can.
Tickets available from the Committee and Management from Saturday.
BOBBY McDONALD – FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS
Bobby’s funeral will take place on Wednesday 1st February at 10:45 in Kirkton Church, Station Road Carluke, then on to Holytown Crematorium and back to Carluke Golf Club.
Bobby’s widow June has extended an invite to all of Bobby’s many friends at the Wanderers, to allow us to pay our respects to one of our own.
BOBBY McDONALD RIP
With great sadness I have to report the death of committed Wanderers fan Bobby McDonald. Bobby watched the Wanderers for many years after moving from Glasgow to Carluke and in recent years many will have met him as he helped Dougie McKendrick out on the gate selling the raffle tickets.
A quiet, unassuming chap, it’s people like Bobby who are the unsung heroes of Junior Football, working quietly but effectively for the good of their club.
Everyone at the club would like to offer our sincere condolences to Bobby’s family and friends at this terrible time.
You’ll be missed at Kingshill pal …
FORTH WANDERERS 3 ROSSVALE 3
The Wanderers drew 3-3 with Rossvale at Kingshill this afternoon in a game notable for four penalties being awarded.
The visitors were the better side in the first half and could have been further ahead than 1-0 at the interval, especially as they missed a penalty 5 minutes from the break. Forth came flying out the traps at the start of the 2nd half however and equalised through a Barry McGeechan penalty. McGeechan was then twice denied by magnificent stops by the ‘Vale keeper before Craig Gupwell saw a netbound header cleared from the line. The pressure told however when Kevin Bradley netted his first goal for the club. Rossvale then equalised from the penalty spot before a rare Wullie McLaren header restored the Forth advantage, only for ‘Vale to equalise in the 89th minute, again from the penalty spot, to complete the scoring.
MARYHILL 2 FORTH WANDERERS 0
The Wanderers exited the Scottish Cup losing 2-0 to Maryhill at Lochburn Park yesterday. Two late,late goals were the difference between the sides and the Forth can feel aggrieved not to have earned at least a draw after a fine team performance in the Maryhill mud. Despite playing the vast majority of the second half with 10 men after Craig Gupwell received a second yellow, the Wanderers came close on a number of occasions before the sucker punches at the death.
FORTH WANDERERS 2 VALE OF CLYDE 4
The Wanderers lost 4-2 to Vale of Clyde at Kingshill this afternoon in a disappointing match. Forth found themselves two goals down after 35 minutes to good finishes from Koulder-Alssa and Glackin but a good ten minutes just prior to the interval saw Warren Grenfell blast home before, in almost a carbon copy of last week, John Watson met a McLaren corner and rifled it into the net.
Lachlan Tait had a great chance to give Forth the lead early in the second half but headed over from close range and Vale grew in confidence as the half wore on and tied up the points with another two goals from the impressive Koulder-Alssa, to leave the Wanderers second bottom of the table.
MARYHILL AWAY IN THE SCOTTISH
The Wanderers have been drawn away to Maryhill Juniors in the Scottish Junior Cup 3rd Round with the tie to be played on Saturday 19th November. Kick off at Lochburn Park is 1:45pm.
FORTH WANDERERS 3 JOHNSTONE BURGH 2
The Wanderers moved off the bottom of the league with a 3-2 victory over Johnstone Burgh at Kinsghill Park this afternoon. Martin Hannaway got Forth off to a flier, rising to glance home a Wullie McLaren corner after only two minutes and came close on another two occasions as the Wanderers threatened to run riot. Burgh were handed a lifeline on 34 minutes when the referee was the only person in the ground not to spot a glaring offside and the visitors took full advantage to level. Things became worse for Forth when Burgh made it 2-1 two minutes later and the interval arrived with the visitors still 2-1 to the good.
The Wanderers began the second half on the front foot and equalised on 58 minutes when a McLaren corner was played into the path of the onrushing John Watson and he caught it perfectly and hammered it home. Forth were in the ascendancy and it was no surprise when Craig Gupwell headed home another McLaren corner on 66 minutes to make it 3-2. Further chances came and went but in the end Forth were good value for the victory.
COUPAR ANGUS 3 FORTH WANDERERS 5
The Wanderers progressed to the 3rd Round of the Scottish Junior Cup with a hard fought 5-3 victory over Coupar Angus at Foxhall Park on Saturday. First half goals from Wullie McLaren and Roddy Hunter saw Forth level at 2-2 at the interval. Barry McGeechan put the Wanderers 3-2 up early in the second half but the hosts again leveled things up before a McGeechan penalty and another from McLaren sealed the victory.
Manager Jamie McKenzie summed it up as follows : “We did well to make the next round although the 3 goals we lost were very poor. However, we scored five good goals away from home and have progressed which is what we set out to do.”
The club have added further experience to the ranks with the capture of ex Pollok and Rob Roy striker Roddy Hunter, who made his debut at Kilbirnie yesterday.
Welcome to Kingshill Roddy, here’s hoping your time with the club is a productive one !
KILBIRNIE LADESIDE 4 FORTH WANDERERS 1
Forth exited the West of Scotland Cup losing 4-1 to Kilbirnie Ladeside at Valefield Park yesterday afternoon. However, the Wanderers matched their top league opponents for over an hour yesterday and can take many positives from their performance. One down at half time, a fine strike from Warren Grenfell evened things up as Forth gave Kilbirnie a scare before the hosts moved up a gear with three further goals, to give a final scoreline that was somewhat harsh on the Wanderers.
The club are delighted to announce the signing of experienced midfielder Kevin ‘Taz’ Bradley. Kevin began his career with Clyde where he played for 7 seasons and also spent 5 years, over two spells, with Pollok.
We wish Kevin well in his Wanderers career and the management and committee are to be applauded in bringing a player of Kevin’s calibre to the club.
BELLSHILL ATHLETIC 2 FORTH WANDERERS 4
The Wanderers picked up their first three points in the league on Saturday, deservedly beating Bellshill 4-2 at Rockburn Park. A deflected Barry McGeechan free kick and a fine individual goal from Wullie McLaren had Forth two up at the break and further goals from Craig Gupwell and Lachlan Tait saw the Wanderers four goals to the good. Bellshill pulled a couple of goals back late on but Forth were worthy winners on the day, causing manager Jamie McKenzie to exclaim “Thank Goodness”, or words to that effect, when asked for a comment post-match !
COUPAR ANGUS AWAY IN THE SCOTTISH
The Wanderers have been drawn away to Coupar Angus in the Scottish Junior Cup 2nd Round with the tie to be played on Saturday 22nd October, kick off 2:30pm. The clubs met at Kingshill in the 2013/14 competition, Forth running out 6-0 winners.
FORTH WANDERERS 2 CAMBUSLANG RANGERS 8
The Wanderers were comprehensively beaten 8-2 by Cambuslang Rangers at Kingshill Park yesterday, with Liam Gormley scoring 5 of the visitors goals. Forth can have few complaints as they were second best in every department all afternoon and a Lachlan Tait header and David Dunn penalty were mere consolations in a game best consigned to the dustbin of history.