FORTH WANDERERS 1 JOHNSTONE BURGH 2
Forth lost 2-1 to Johnstone Burgh in a feisty encounter at Kingshill Park this afternoon. Two down at the interval, the Wanderers upped the tempo in the second half with Robbie Brown pulling one back with 20 minutes remaining. However, they couldn’t find an equaliser, Barry Canning hitting the bar and Ian Harty contentiously having one disallowed for offside in a game littered with peculiar refereeing decisions.
FORTH WANDERERS 2 CAMBUSLANG RANGERS 1
The Wanderers mounted a tremendous second half fightback to defeat Cambuslang Rangers 2-1 at Kingshill Park this afternoon. The visitors held a slender half time advantage courtesy of a William Easton penalty but second half strikes from Jason Corbett and Alan Christie,his first for the club,saw the Forth emerge victorious. Defender Craig Gupwell made an assured debut in the heart of the defence.
CRAIG GUPWELL SIGNS ON LOAN
The Wanderers are pleased to welcome defender Craig Gupwell to Kingshill Park, after the defender signed a one month deal on loan from Bellshill Athletic.
CHRIS LENNON DEPARTS
Forward Chris Lennon has left the club to join Super League 1st side Thorniewood United. Chris played 35 competitive games for the Wanderers over the past two seasons, scoring 22 goals and was top scorer at the club last season. We wish Chris well on his move to Viewpark.
Goalkeeper Paul McKane, previously on loan from Shotts, has now signed a permanent deal until the end of next season. As a result, Scott Law has returned to Raith Rovers. Defender Gerry Ward and forward Alan Christie have also signed for the club, again both until the end of next season. Gerry was most recently with Cambuslang while Alan joins from Blantyre Vics, where he made something of a habit of scoring against us !
We welcome all three to the Wanderers and wish them every success at Kingshill Park.
Finally, assistant John Fallon Jnr has left the club, with former Forth player Brian Crawford joining to assist manager Jamie McKenzie.
CENTRAL LEAGUE CUP DRAW
Forth will play the winners of Cumbernauld United v East Kilbride Thistle in the 2nd Round of the Central League Cup, after receiving a 1st Round bye.
VALE OF LEVEN 1 FORTH WANDERERS 2
The Wanderers recorded another victory on their travels when they deservedly defeated Vale of Leven 2-1 at Millburn Park this afternoon. Forth were awarded a penalty on 44 minutes when Kris Dick was fouled in the box by Craig Cavana, the Vale man receiving a red card in the process. Kris stepped up to drill the ball home and give the Wanderers the half-time advantage. Forth dominated the second half and Ian Harty looked to have sealed the points on 68 minutes. However, Chris Lennon was sent off for an off the ball incident with 15 minutes to go and then David McNaught converted an 82nd minute penalty for Vale, to set up a nervous finish.
PORT GLASGOW 2 FORTH WANDERERS 3
The Wanderers edged out Port Glasgow by 3 goals to 2 at Parklea this afternoon. A Chris Lennon strike had Forth 1 up at the interval before early second half goals from Robbie Brown and Jamie Lindsay appeared to have wrapped up the 3 points. However, the Port came storming back to 3-2 and, after Jim Dick was sent off, it was a backs to the wall performance which ultimately won the points.
FORTH WANDERERS 1 ROYAL ALBERT 2
Forth lost 2-1 to Royal Albert at a wet Kingshill Park this afternoon. Chris Lennon gave the Wanderers the lead after 3 minutes but the Albert came storming back to equalise and could consider themselves unfortunate not to be ahead at half-time. The second half hinged on two dead balls, Chris Lennon failing to convert his penalty before Barry Murdoch curled home a free kick two minutes later for what proved to be the winner. It was an improved second half performance from Forth, despite the dismissal of Jim Dick for two yellow cards, but it failed to yield an equaliser.
On another note, everyone at the club would like to wish a speedy recovery to midfielder John ‘daft haircut’ Watson, for whom an ambulance was called after suffering ligament,tendon and muscle damage.