EAST KILBRIDE THISTLE 2 FORTH WANDERERS 1
Forth lost 2-1 to East Kilbride Thistle at the Show Park yesterday. Barry McGeechan put the Wanderers ahead with a fine finish after 20 minutes but Gary McMullen was sent off after receiving two yellow cards and Thistle equalised two minutes into first half injury time, to level things up at the break. The ten men of Forth were doing well until Thistle made it 2-1 with 15 to go, and although the Wanderers kept pressing for an equaliser, it was ultimately to no avail.
Whilst on holiday in Turkey last week, Dougie unfortunately suffered a serious heart attack and remains in a coma in a Turkish hospital. We are trying to raise money to assist his family in any way we can and help bring Dougie back home. Dougie is a stalwart and mainstay of Forth Wanderers, he is known by many across the junior football world and all help is gratefully received.
The fundraising page can be found here.
YOKER ATHLETIC 6 FORTH WANDERERS 1
The Wanderers lost 6-1 to Yoker Athletic at Holm Park yesterday and could have few complaints after a poor performance. A goal down in only 2 minutes, an equaliser from Wullie McLaren 7 minutes later was as good as it got for Forth, the Whe-Ho scoring twice more in the first half for a 3-1 interval lead. A fourth goal for Yoker early in the second half sealed the points, before Wanderers keeper David Cherrie was sent off for a last man challenge outside the box. Kieran Brown replaced Cherrie in goal and his first task was to pick the ball out of the net from the resulting free kick which made it 5-1. Wullie McLaren then received a second yellow card for dissent on 67 minutes before Yoker completed the scoring with two minutes to play.
TODAY’S GAME SWITCHED TO YOKER
Today’s game against Yoker Athletic has been switched from Kingshill to Holm Park in Yoker. Kick off is 2pm.
POLLOK 5 FORTH WANDERERS 0
The Forth interest in the Sectional League Cup ended last night at Newlandsfield where Pollok ran out convincing 5-0 winners.
It was always going to be a tough ask for the Wanderers, especially with the game being switched from Kingshill, and they got off to the worst possible start, losing two goals in the first 5 minutes, Little and Forde scoring for the Lok. To their credit, the Wanderers regained their composure and began to be seen as an attacking force as the half wore on, without creating any clear cut scoring opportunities however and 2-0 it remained at the interval.
Forth began the second half strongly and saw a Wullie McLaren strike ruled out for offside before forcing a succession of corners. However, it was from one of those that the Lok keeper Longmuir gathered and set up a quick counter which resulted in McCluskey making it 3-0 on 57 minutes and effectively ending the tie as a contest. Pollok then began to dominate proceedings and only a string of saves from David Cherrie in the Forth goal kept the score down, although he was beaten by a deflected goal from McKenzie and a Forde penalty 4 minutes later. The Wanderers should have had a penalty of their own in injury time when Stephen Tait was flattened by Longmuir, but the officials waved away the Forth appeals.
It was a successful Sectional League Cup campaign nevertheless, qualifying for the knock out stages for the first time in 30 years. Pollok are a good side with some excellent players, especially in the forward positions, and we won’t face teams of their calibre too often in our league campaign, so we learn and move on to our next game at home to Yoker a week on Saturday.
NEILSTON JUNIORS 4 FORTH WANDERERS 2
A flat performance at Brig O’Lea yesterday saw the Wanderers lose 4-2 to Neilston, Wullie McLaren and Barry McGeechan netting the Forth goals.
The Farmers Boys went in at the interval a goal ahead after a first half of few chances, Forths best chance coming when Connor McArdle flashed a header wide. The Wanderers were also reduced to 10 men after Willie Tippen was sent off for a last man challenge, despite the Neilston attacker looking suspiciously offside.
Neilston doubled their advantage just after the break and further goals on 67 and 77 minutes sealed the points. Wullie McLaren pulled one back with an audacious shot straight from the kick off and Barry McGeechan further reduced the deficit before Lachlan Tait headed against the post as Forth finished strongly.
POLLOK MATCH POSTPONED
Tonight’s Sectional League Cup quarter final against Pollok has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch at Kingshill. The tie has been re-scheduled for Monday 28th August at 6:30pm.
FORTH WANDERERS 5 GREENOCK 1
Last year it took the Wanderers six games to register their first points in the Central First Division but not so this season, as Forth opened their league campaign with a resounding 5-1 victory over Greenock at Kingshill this afternoon. Doubles from Wullie McLaren and Barry McGeechan and a clinical free kick from Keigan Parker see the Wanderers top the table on the opening day.
Playing against a strong wind Forth began strongly, Keigan Parker hitting the bar with a header after a couple of minutes and Wullie McLaren having another header ruled out for offside. Greenock then began to assert themselves and took the lead on 9 minutes while only a fine David Cherrie save stopped them from doubling their advantage soon after. The Inverclyde men continued to press but couldn’t find a way through and were punished when Forth equalised from a McLaren free kick, which took a slight deflection on it’s way into the net. Cherrie again came to the Wanderers rescue with another great save but it was Forth who went in at the interval 2-1 ahead after Barry McGeechan scrambled home after a McLaren effort had been blocked by the keeper on 42 minutes.
As the second half opened, Forth now had the wind at their back and used it to good effect to mount wave after wave of attack on the Greenock goal. Their persistence was rewarded after 53 minutes when McGeechan coolly converted a penalty after being clearly fouled in the box. McLaren made it 4-1 on 71 minutes, following up to score after the keeper had blocked his initial effort and Keigan Parker rounded things off with a tremendous free kick which gave the Greenock keeper no chance.
The Wanderers could have scored more in a second half they dominated but that would be nitpicking. The great start to the season continues and we look forward to the visit of Pollok in the Central League Cup on Wednesday.
LARKHALL THISTLE 3 FORTH WANDERERS 3
The Wanderers qualified for the last 8 of the Sectional League Cup, where they will face Pollok at home, after a 3-3 draw with Larkhall Thistle in an entertaining game at Gasworks Park tonight.
Forth got off to the best possible start, Barry McGeechan looping home a header in the first minute, but their joy was short-lived as McStay capitalised on hesitation in the Wanderers defence to lob home barely a minute later. It was an open game which flowed from one end to the other and David Cherrie did well to save from McStay after 19 minutes. The Wanderers were playing some neat passing football and always looked dangerous on the attack and regained the lead on 28 minutes when Lachlan Tait picked up the ball in midfield, drove forward and unleashed an unstoppable drive into the bottom corner. Forth were in control now and continued to press but although they created several chances they were unable to add to their lead before the interval. Thistle were never out it however and continued to look dangerous on the counter but 2-1 it remained at the break.
It was Larkhall who began the second half the stronger and Nicholl leveled things up on 53 minutes before Clarke slotted the Jags in front after 65 minutes putting them in pole position to qualify. However, as evidenced last week, this Forth side never say die and Wullie McLaren equalised three minutes later breaking clear and calming stroking the ball past Thomson in the Larkhall goal. Things continued to swing from end to end although Thistle were in the ascendancy as the game drew to a close, forcing a superb save from Cherrie from a goal bound free kick and hitting the bar although at the other end Thomson pulled off a magnificent save from a Kieran Brown piledriver to keep the Jags alive. However, after almost 5 nervous minutes of injury time the referee finally blew his whistle and the Wanderers were through !
Another great team performance, with some excellent football played but also showing the resilience to dig deep and grind out the result required.
FORTH WANDERERS 6 LESMAHAGOW 5
It was Kingshill for thrills tonight as the Wanderers edged out the Gow in an 11 goal thriller, where clearly defences were not on top.
The visitors started brightly and deservedly took the lead with only 6 minutes gone but Forth gradually came more into it and Kris Jarvie equalised on 15 minutes heading home a pinpoint cross from Kieran Brown, to continue his rich vein of goalscoring form. The game then swung from end to end but it was the Wanderers who went in at the interval 2-1 ahead when Keigan Parker smashed home the rebound after the Gow keeper did well to block a powerful Brown free kick.
As in the first half, the visitors started the second strongly and were causing the Forth defence major problems down the left wing and their pressure told when they equalised on 52 minutes. Worse was to follow for the Wanderers when the Gow made it 3-2 from the penalty spot after an incident which saw Forth stopper Martin Harty red-carded.
Another couple of smart finishes on 60 and 71 minutes saw the visitors 5-2 ahead and seemingly on easy street, but the Wanderers responded immediately through substitute Connor McArdle, before Kris Dick converted a penalty to make it 5-4 barely two minutes later. Forth now had their tails up and McArdle headed home their third goal in six minutes to level things up on 77 minutes, before former Forth man Dillon MacDonald was red-carded on 82 minutes making it 10 men and 5 goals apiece.
Both teams went in search of a winner, but a draw looked likely as the clock ticked on to 90 minutes. Keigan Parker had other ideas however as he broke down the right and weighted his cross perfectly for Barry McGeechan to acrobatically head home and send the Wanderers faithful into raptures. 6-5 full time !
The result leaves Forth still in with a chance of qualification from the group although it’s a tough ask as we’ll probably need to win away to Super League Larkhall next Wednesday to do so. Still, after tonight, anything is possible…
LANARK UNITED 2 FORTH WANDERERS 2
It was honours even at Moor Park yesterday where the Wanderers drew 2-2 with Lanark United. The hosts were 2 goals up in the first half until Wullie McLaren reduced the deficit 4 minutes from the interval. And it looked as though Lanark would hold on for the victory until Kris Jarvie touched home a McLaren free kick for a share of the spoils with 3 minutes remaining. Forth now face Lesmahagow on Wednesday at Kingshill, with everything still to play for in the section.
FORTH WANDERERS 5 ROYAL ALBERT 2
The Wanderers began their Sectional League Cup campaign with a 5-2 victory over Royal Albert at Kingshill this evening, with goals from Kris Jarvie, Connor McArdle and a Wullie McLaren hat-trick.
The visitors started the better, but two early goals from McLaren and Jarvie on 14 and 16 minutes had Forth in command, and when McArdle made it three just after the half hour, it looked to be a case of how many.
Credit to the Albert though, who pulled one back through a fine Josh Anderson strike 5 minutes from the interval before Michael Neil smashed home a free kick on 56 minutes to increase the pressure on the Wanderers. Forth weathered the storm however, and two further goals from McLaren sealed his hat-trick and also the victory, which was well deserved in the end. Next up in the section is a visit to local rivals Lanark on Saturday.
FORTH WANDERERS 2 BATHGATE THISTLE 0
The Wanderers completed their pre-season fixtures with a 2-0 victory over Bathgate Thistle at Kingshill this afternoon. A second-half brace from Kris Jarvie was the difference between the teams, the first after charging down a clearance from the Thistle keeper and the second a composed finish on the rebound after a good save from the visiting custodian. Bathgate had their chances in an entertaining game and contrived to miss a penalty at 1-0 after a good spell of second half pressure.
A clean sheet and some fine individual performances in a Wanderers team missing Wullie McLaren, Barry McGeechan and John Rennie, which augurs well for the start of the Sectional League Cup at home to Royal Albert on Wednesday.
LESMAHAGOW 3 FORTH WANDERERS 2
Lesmahagow won the Clydesdale Cup at Craighead Park tonight defeating the Wanderers 3-2 in a feisty encounter.
The Gow started strongly and were two goals up after 26 minutes through a Daryl MacDonald penalty and a close range strike from Kyle Weir. Barry McGeechan reduced the deficit from the penalty spot on 37 minutes and 2-1 it remained at the interval.
Forth began the second half brightly and deservedly equalised through Christopher Dunlop after 62 minutes. The Wanderers were in the ascendancy but spurned several chances and were made to pay 6 minutes later when MacDonald scored his second from the spot. Forth continued to press but couldn’t find an equaliser, Wullie McLaren coming closest with a tremendous effort which cannoned back off the junction of the bar and post, but the Gow held on to lift the trophy.
FUNDRAISER – FAMILY FUN DAY AND SUPPORTERS V LEGENDS MATCH
As part of a family fun day with a bouncy castle, face painting, beat the goalie etc., a match between the Supporters and Legends will take place at Kingshill on Sunday 13th August. Any supporters who haven’t registered their interest in playing are asked to contact Alan McCormick for further details. It promises to be a great day out and we can hopefully raise some funds for the Wanderers in the process.
FURTHER SIGNING NEWS
The club are pleased to announce some further signings as manager Jamie McKenzie adds to his squad ahead of the coming season. Firstly, we welcome back goalkeeper Martyn Meek and defender Stephen Tait who have re-signed for a further season. Secondly, it’s a return for defender Marc ‘Dan’ Napier who was previously at Kingshill between 2006 and 2012 and last but certainly not least, we are delighted to announce forward Keigan Parker, with his vast experience in both Senior and Junior football, has joined in a player/coach capacity.
A warm Kingshill welcome to all.
Player sponsorships available !
Delighted to announce that Kristopher Dick, John Rennie and Lachlan Tait have all re-signed for the club. Stewart Nicoll and Connor McArdle have also joined up, having both previously been with Cumbernauld, while Kieran Brown arrives on a season long loan, also from Cumbernauld. Defender Christopher Dunlop, whose previous clubs include Newmains and Lesmahagow completes the latest batch of signings.
Welcome to Kingshill one and all !
CLYDESDALE CUP FINAL RE-SCHEDULED
The Clydesdale Cup Final between Lesmahagow and Forth will now be played at Craighead Park on Thursday 27th July with a 7pm kick off.
LARKHALL 21’S GAME CANCELLED
The game against Larkhall Thistle 21’s scheduled for Kingshill on Saturday has been cancelled.
FORTH WANDERERS 4 CARLUKE ROVERS 1
The Wanderers defeated Carluke Rovers 4-1 at Kingshill in the Clydesdale Cup at Kingshill this evening, to set up a final against Lesmahagow at Craighead Park on Monday night.
Carluke looked the more likely in the first half but it was Forth who opened the scoring when Kris Jarvie deflected a Kris Dick shot past the Rovers keeper on 38 minutes. Carluke equalised 4 minutes later through the prolific Ian Watt, and the visitors would have been disappointed not to be ahead at the break after creating the better of the first half chances.
Whatever Wanderers manager Jamie McKenzie said at half time had the desired effect as Forth began strongly and regained the lead within 4 minutes of the restart when Barry McGeechan netted from the penalty spot after Jarvie had been brought down by the keeper. Jarvie was enjoying himself, closing down, harrying and generally being a thorn in the side of the Rovers defence and it was no surprise when he popped up with a fine header to make it 3-1 on 64 minutes. He then completed his hat-trick three minutes later and took great delight in silencing those in the away support who had been giving him some stick! The game was now over as a contest and although there were further chances at both ends, 4-1 it finished.
The one disappointment of the night was that the welcome return of Gordon Murphy in a Wanderers jersey lasted less than 10 minutes before he had to go off with a recurrence of his previous injury. Everyone at the club hopes it is not as bad as first feared and wish big Gordy a speedy recovery.
UPPER ANNANDALE 1 FORTH WANDERERS 1
Another good workout for the Wanderers down in Moffat this afternoon, where an 85th minute goal from our hosts Upper Annandale made the final score 1-1. A third pre-season draw perhaps, but again there were many promising signs and some excellent football played by Forth. The three trialists on show in the Wanderers starting 11 put in impressive performances, one of whom opened the scoring with a fine finish and overall we seem in good shape ahead of the Clydesdale Cup match against Carluke on Wednesday.
FORTH WANDERERS 2 REAL KASHMIR 2
Forth drew 2-2 with Indian opponents Real Kashmir at Kingshill this afternoon. John Rennie gave the Wanderers an early lead only for Ishfaq to equalise for Real Kashmir with a fine strike. Wullie McLaren made it 2-1 with a neat lob over the advancing keeper and Forth continued to dominate but failed to turn their pressure into goals and 2-1 it remained at the break.
Real Kashmir were much improved in the second half and although a raft of substitutions disrupted the Wanderers rhythm, all credit to our opponents who equalised with 5 minutes to go to make the final score 2-2.
Not the best day weather wise, but a healthy crowd turned out to support the match and we hope they enjoyed their day at Kingshill.
AFC RED STAR 1 FORTH WANDERERS 1
A late Red Star equaliser denied the Wanderers a victory at Holytown this afternoon. Warren Grenfell was the Forth scorer with a neat finish after good work from Barry McGeechan. Lots of positives to take from the game with new signings Kieran Brown and Stewart Nicoll (pictured) making assured debuts.
INITIAL LEAGUE FIXTURES RELEASED
The first six league fixtures have been released and the Wanderers begin the campaign at home to Greenock Juniors before visiting Neilston for our first away game. The Central League Cup fixtures have also been announced.
Full details can be found here.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARDS
Congratulations to our winners from last season who were as follows :
Player of the Year – Barry McGeechan
Players Player of the Year – Barry McGeechan
Young Player of the Year – Warren Grenfell
Top Goalscorer – Wullie McLaren
The following pre-season fixtures have been arranged :
Sat 8/7 Red Star Ams Keir Hardie Sports Centre 1pm
Sun 9/7 Real Kashmir Kingshill Park 3pm
Sat 15/7 Upper Annandale Moffat Academy 2pm
Tue 18/7 Carluke Rovers Kingshill Park 7pm
Sat 22/7 Larkhall Thistle 21’s Kingshill Park 2pm
Sat 29/7 Bathgate Thistle Kingshill Park 2pm
The Carluke game is the semi final of the Clydesdale Cup with the victors facing the winners of the Lanark/Lesmahagow tie away in the final on Monday 24th July.
The following players have re-signed for next season :
In addition Wullie McLaren is already contracted for the upcoming campaign.
Jim Dick returns to Kingshill as Assistant Manager with Brian Crawford leaving the club. The Wanderers would like to thank Brian for his efforts over the last couple of seasons and wish him well for the future.
Further signings will be announced as they happen.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR NIGHT 2017
The Wanderers are holding their annual Player of the Year night in Hush Nightclub, Coatbridge on Friday 30th June 2017. Tickets are £10 on the door.
Awards will be Player of the Year, Young Player of the Year, Players Player of the Year and Top Goalscorer.
As you’ll have noticed, we’re running a wee bit late this year, so if you could message me your votes through the contact page for POTY and Young POTY within the next week, that should give me time to get the trophies and engraving sorted. If people could ask any supporters not on the internet for their votes and pass them on, that would be appreciated. The manager is sorting out the Players Player votes.
The Young Player is restricted to those 23 or under, which gives a choice of the following :
THANK YOU ALL !
Now the dust has settled on another campaign, a couple of thank yous are in order.
Firstly to all our sponsors,large and small, and also to those who have donated to the club either directly or through our monthly direct debit scheme. Special thanks to our shirt sponsors Gardiner & Co Accountants, who sponsor our red kit and Well Machined Limited, Precision Engineering, who came on board this season to sponsor our white kit. Also to Hush nightclub who sponsored our training kit.
Secondly, to all our supporters, who have given great backing both home and away throughout the season. Our away support in particular compares favourably with the majority of teams in our league and the players greatly appreciate your backing.