NEILSTON JUNIORS 3 FORTH WANDERERS 1
The Wanderers fell 3-1 to Neilston in their opening league game at Brig O’Lea on Saturday. Despite a strong start in which they created several good chances, Forth couldn’t find the back of the net and were punished just after the half hour mark when the hosts took the lead. Worse was to follow when Neil Schoneville was shown a straight red just prior to the interval.
The 10 men were holding their own in the second half until Gary McMullen was shown two quick yellow cards and a penalty awarded which the Farmers Boys converted to make it 2-0. Undaunted the 9 men continued to press when they could and got their reward when substitute Eddie Haley turned home a Wullie McLaren cross at the front post to make it 2-1. Neilston however made it 3-1 just a few minutes later to complete the scoring.
SCOTTISH JUNIOR CUP
Forth were given a bye in the Scottish Junior Cup 1st Round draw made tonight at Hampden.
The Wanderers are offering the opportunity for individuals or businesses to sponsor a player for the season. The cost is £25 and sponsors names, and links to any websites, will be displayed on the website Sponsors page and in the match programme. In addition, if desired, a signed photo of/with the sponsored player can be provided as a memento.
All monies received go directly into the running of Forth Wanderers. Interested parties can make contact through this site, social media or with any Committee member. Thanks in advance for your continued support of the club.
The club would like to welcome Dillon MacDonald to Kingshill, signing on the dotted line after he impressed as a trialist in the Sectional League Cup matches. Previously with Mill United AFC, Dillon is sure to prove a fans favourite with his all action style.
LESMAHAGOW 4 FORTH WANDERERS 1
The Wanderers lost their final sectional league cup match 4-1 to Lesmahagow at Craighead Park this evening. Forth had the better of a goalless first half although the hosts missed the best chance when the ball was fired over from close range when it looked easier to score.
The Gow began the second half on the front foot but went behind against the run of play when a superb through ball sent Taylor Scott clear and the young striker calmly finished past the keeper. The Forth lead lasted barely two minutes though and the game could then have gone either way until a late Wanderers collapse saw the hosts score three goals in the final 10 minutes to record the victory.
The club would like to wish Gerard Ward all the best for the future and thank him for his efforts with the Wanderers after he announced his retirement today. The proud recipient of a League Winners medal, Gerry will always be welcome back at Kingshill.
The club would like to extend a warm welcome to vastly experienced defender Neil Schoneville on his return to the Wanderers. Those with long memories may remember Neil gracing the hallowed Kingshill turf back in 2003/04 and his experience will be invaluable as we face up to the new challenges of the Central First Division.
FORTH WANDERERS 1 LARKHALL THISTLE 0
The Wanderers defeated Larkhall Thistle by a goal to nil this evening at Kingshill, in the proverbial game of two halves. Forth were the better side in the first half and contrived to miss several good opportunities, although Larkhall did rattle a shot off the bar. The second period saw the visitors in the ascendancy and they were awarded a penalty when Craig Gupwell was somewhat harshly penalised for an infringement in the box. However, the spot kick was blasted high over the bar and the Wanderers took full advantage of this let off when a Barry McGeechan free kick was fired into the back post and the ball fell to Eddie Haley who fired home. Larkhall claimed that their goalkeeper had been fouled when coming for the ball and the keepers protestations saw him red-carded allowing Forth to comfortably hold out for victory against the ten men.
FORTH WANDERERS 2 LANARK UNITED 3
An under strength Forth side fell to a 3-2 defeat against local rivals Lanark at Kingshill this afternoon. One up at the interval through a smart finish from trialist Eddie Haley, the Wanderers found themselves 2-1 down in the second half until a fine Barry McGeechan strike looked to have earned them a point. However, a late penalty sealed the victory for the visitors.
LARKHALL GAME RE-SCHEDULED
The Wanderers Sectional League Cup game against Larkhall Thistle has been re-scheduled for Monday 15th August at Kingshill.
ROYAL ALBERT 2 FORTH WANDERERS 2
The Wanderers drew 2-2 with Royal Albert at Tileworks Park this evening. Goals from Taylor Scott and Martin Hannaway, in a first half which Forth dominated, saw the Wanderers 2-0 ahead at the interval. However, two quick Albert goals after the restart leveled things up and in a second half without many clear cut chances, Wullie McLaren came closest to snatching the victory but was denied by a fine double save by Jack Wardlaw in the home goal. Forth had four trialists in their starting 11, as manager Jamie McKenzie looks to add to his squad ahead of the start of the league campaign.
LARKHALL GAME POSTPONED
Saturday’s home game against Larkhall Thistle has been postponed and has been re-scheduled for Monday 22nd August at 7pm.
LANARK UNITED 4 FORTH WANDERERS 1
Lanark deservedly won the Clydesdale Cup at Moor Park tonight defeating the Wanderers 4-1.
Forth took the lead after 11 minutes through Wullie McLaren and were the better side for the first 20 minutes. However, the hosts improved and goals on 28 and 45 saw them 2-1 ahead at the interval. The loss of Gary McMullen early on certainly didn’t help the Wanderers cause.
Two second half goals, one right at the death, saw Lanark complete the victory and the Wanderers misery was compounded by a straight red for Craig Gupwell.
FORTH WANDERERS 3 LESMAHAGOW 0
The Wanderers got back to winning ways this evening, defeating Lesmahagow 3-0 in the Clydesdale Cup semi-final at a wet Kingshill.
Forth were a goal ahead at the interval after a fine finish from the impressive trialist striker, but chances were created and spurned at both ends in an entertaining 45 minutes.
A Kristopher Dick penalty early in the second half gave the Wanderers a two goal cushion before Taylor Scott completed the scoring to send Forth through to face Lanark in the final at Moor Park on Monday.
The Wanderers would like to extend a warm welcome to goalkeeper Martyn Meek who has signed on at Kingshill. At Gartcairn last season, Martyn has also played with Newmains, Vale of Clyde and East Kilbride Thistle.
Welcome aboard Martyn !
Season tickets are now available for 2016/17 and despite the fact we have two extra league games, the price remains the same as last season. This is in recognition of the tremendous backing the team received from the supporters during our successful title challenge.
The cost for 13 League games and the 2 home Sectional League Cup ties is £45/£22.50 – a £30/£15 saving on walk up prices. Tickets are not valid for the Scottish/West/Central Cups where the gate is shared.
Tickets can be purchased at any of the forthcoming pre-season friendlies.
The opening fixtures have been released and can be viewed on the fixtures/results page. The Sectional League Cup begins with a home match against Larkhall Thistle on August 6th, while the league campaign gets underway with a visit to Neilston Juniors on August 27th. The Clydesdale Cup match against Lesmahagow will be held at Kingshill on July 26th.
A belated welcome back to Jason Corbett who has returned to the Wanderers after a season with Thorniewood United. Jason spent the end of last season on loan at Kingshill and memorably scored the injury time winner against East Kilbride which guaranteed promotion.
The club are offering match sponsorships (£50) and match ball sponsorships (£25) to raise funds for what promises to be an exciting season in the Central 1st Division. A great opportunity for businesses and individuals to show their support as we continue to drive the club forward both on and off the park. Interested parties are asked to contact Alan McCormick for further details through Facebook or by phone on 07738682714.
As in previous years, player sponsorships will also be available once the squad has been finalised.
The club are delighted to announce that Barry McGeechan, Taylor Scott and Gerry Ward have agreed contract extensions to keep them at the club until June 2017.
Barry scored 9 goals in 22 starts and one substitute appearance last season and also won both the Young Player of the Year and Player’s Player of the Year trophies. Taylor scored 6 goals in 12 starts and 14 substitute appearances while Gerry made 9 starts and 2 substitute appearances in an injury hit season.