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.