FORTH WANDERERS 0 WISHAW JUNIORS 4
The Wanderers survival prospects are no longer in their own hands after a 4-0 defeat to Wishaw at Kingshill this evening. To have any chance of staying up, Forth must win their remaining three games and hope other results go in their favour.
The game tonight saw Wishaw capitalise on a series of defensive mistakes and although the Wanderers saw plenty of the ball, there was a distinct lack of cutting edge to their play. To make matters worse, Barry McGeechan was stretchered off early in the game and we can only hope his injury as not as bad as first feared. Gary McMullen also limped off injured near the end and again we can only await the prognosis.
LESMAHAGOW 2 FORTH WANDERERS 2
A lacklustre performance saw the Wanderers drew 2-2 with Lesmahagow at Craighead Park tonight, damaging their survival prospects in the process.
A bright start saw Ryan Connelly put Forth ahead after three minutes although the ‘Gow equalised with 10 minutes on the clock. A fine Connelly cross was then superbly volleyed home by Barry McGeechan to restore the Wanderers advantage on 16 minutes and Connelly came close again when his powerful shot rebounded from the post. Both teams had further chances but 2-1 it remained at the interval.
Forth had the opportunity to increase their advantage 8 minutes after the break, but Barry McGeechan saw his penalty saved by the home keeper after a fairly soft award. The Wanderers continued to press but were unable to find a third and they were punished when the ‘Gow beat the offside trap and fired home to level things up after 71 minutes. Forth committed men forward in search of a winner, but were unable to find a way past a stubborn home defence and had to settle for a share of the points.
Everyone at the club wishes midfielder Christopher McKeown well after he sustained what appeared to be a possible broken leg 5 minutes from the end. The lengthy treatment required resulted in 12 minutes of injury time being played.
After discussions between the club and manager Jamie McKenzie, it has been mutually agreed that Jamie will leave the club at the end of the season to pursue other opportunities.
Forth Wanderers would like to place on record our appreciation for the job Jamie did during his two spells with the club. The disappointment of being denied promotion in his first season in charge, due to fielding an ineligible player(the player in question Jamie McKenzie!), turned to absolute joy in season 2015/16 when he lead the club to the Central 2nd Division title by an eight point margin. It’s fair to say Jamie will go down in Wanderers folklore for this achievement and will always be guaranteed a warm welcome at Kingshill Park. We wish him every success in his future endeavours. It is to be hoped he can sign off in style, by securing the Wanderers safety in our remaining five games.
As a result, Forth Wanderers invite applications for the position of manager, CV’s in the first instance should be emailed to secretary Stewart Barrett – firstname.lastname@example.org. The closing date for applications is 31st May 2018.
FORTH WANDERERS 3 YOKER ATHLETIC 2
The Wanderers picked up a vital three points in their battle against the drop with a deserved 3-2 victory over Yoker at Kingshill tonight. Leading through a fine finish from Stephen Larkin after 7 minutes after good work from Kris Jarvie on the right, Forth couldn’t find the second their play merited and were pegged back in controversial circumstances three minutes from the interval. A Bissland header came down from the bar and was adjudged to have crossed the line by the referee and despite vehement protests from the Wanderers players the goal stood and 1-1 it was at half time. To be fair, several of the Yoker players confirmed later that the ball had not crossed the line.
Lady luck has not been shining on the Wanderers of late, but that changed when they regained the lead just before the hour mark, an attempted clearance cannoning off Kris Jarvie and into the net. However, the Wanderers lead lasted barely 4 minutes when a throw in was headed on to Kerr Allan in acres of space and he shot home to level things up. Forth continued to press though and got their reward when some fine close control from Barry McGeechan created an opening for himself and he finished well to make it 3-2. The visitors then went down to 10 men when Smith was red carded for dissent and despite further chances at both ends, The Wanderers saw it out to claim the points.
Next up is a Friday night visit to Lesmahagow and, with games running out, it’s another must win for Forth to keep them in touch with the teams above them.
GREENOCK JUNIORS 2 FORTH WANDERERS 1
The Wanderers survival hopes were dealt a body blow at Ravenscraig Stadium this afternoon, as a 93rd minute winner with virtually the last kick of the ball saw Greenock emerge 2-1 victors, after a close fought contest. Forth were much better than in their previous two games and can feel hard done by not to emerge with a least a point.
Although chances were at a premium in the first half, the Wanderers had the best one, Barry McGeechan unlucky to see his effort well saved by the Greenock goalie and goalless it remained at the interval.
Forth began the second half strongly and began to carve out several opportunities, Stephen Larkin, Ryan Connelly and Kris Jarvie all coming close. Greenock did however look dangerous on the break and took the lead on 65 minutes when a cross come shot from the right found it’s way into the net. The Wanderers reacted positively however, continuing to press and got their reward with four minutes to go when Kieran Brown headed back across goal for Kris Jarvie to bundle home. Forth now went looking for the winner only for Greenock to break in injury time and after some hesitant defending, a fine David Cherrie save looked to have earned a point. However, the resulting corner wasn’t cleared and Greenock regained possession, made space down the left and the ball was drilled home for that late, late winner. There was only time for Forth to kick off before the final whistle sounded.
Next up are Yoker at Kingshill on Monday, as the Wanderers search for the elusive points to steer them to safety.
FORTH WANDERERS 1 GLASGOW PERTHSHIRE 1
The Wanderers gained another point in their battle against the drop, drawing 1-1 with Glasgow Perthshire at a rainy Kingshill tonight.
A fairly even first half saw few chances at either end, Peter Byrne heading narrowly over from close range, the Wanderers best effort. Ryan Connelly broke the deadlock three minutes into the second half, finishing well after a slick move down the right but the Forth lead lasted barely five minutes as Smith equalised for the Shire. The visitors had veteran manager Billy Adams playing a cameo role and he had an eventful night, booked in the first half before hitting the bar in the second in a polished performance. Indeed it was the visitors who looked the more likely to go on and win the game but a combination of poor finishing and some good stops from David Cherrie in the Forth goal meant the spoils were shared. Next up, the Wanderers travel to Greenock on Saturday looking for three points to drag their hosts into the relegation dogfight.
FORTH WANDERERS 0 ST.ROCH’S 3
The Wanderers were well beaten by St.Roch’s at Kingshill tonight, the visitors running out winners by 3 goals to nil.
In truth, Forth created little of note and first half goals from Daw and McManus had the Roch comfortably ahead at half time. A second half goal from Logan made it 3-0, but it could have been several more were it not for some profligate finishing. A game best forgotten as we turn our attention to another home tie on Wednesday against Glasgow Perthshire.
FORTH WANDERERS 3 NEILSTON JUNIORS 2
A late, late show from the Wanderers saw them defeat Neilston 3-2 at Kingshill this afternoon, although the visitors may well be wondering how they managed to head home pointless.
The Farmers Boys had the better of the first half and were good value for their 1-0 interval lead through a Fletcher goal, indeed it could have been more as they hit the post and spurned another couple of good chances. Forth were playing much better than in their midweek defeat to Shotts, but found it hard to create clear cut openings.
The Wanderers began the second half brightly and got their reward when Stephen Larkin hammered home on 47 minutes to level things up. However, 5 minutes later Neilston went 2-1 up when Patterson ran through to score. The game was now end to end and both teams missed opportunities. Neilston missed a great chance to seal the points a couple of minutes from the end, their support cheering a goal only to see Forth keeper David Cherrie turn the ball on to a post before it rolled along the line and was cleared. To compound their misery, Forth made it 2-2 soon after when Warren Grenfell swept home from the edge of the box after a couple of shots had been blocked. And the Wanderers weren’t finished yet ! In injury time, Connor McArdle resisted the temptation to shoot when finding himself clear inside the box on the right, instead crossing for Ryan Connelly to touch home the winner. Cue mass scenes of celebration from the whole team.
A vital three points with another stern test against promotion chasing St.Roch’s next on Monday night at Kingshill.
SOME WANDERERS HISTORY
A short break from the three games a week treadmill…
I was contacted a couple of months ago by Bob Moffat whose grandfather was a founder member, player and President of the Wanderers.( Another founder featured is a certain Jake McKendrick, grandfather of the estimable Douglas McKendrick, a man who needs no introduction ! )
Bob passed on an early history of Forth Wanderers and scans of some photos from back in the day which I thought would be worth sharing. They can be accessed at the link below. If anyone else has anything relating to the club please get in touch and we can hopefully build up a small archive. Thanks again to Bob for getting in touch – much appreciated !
SHOTTS BON ACCORD 5 FORTH WANDERERS 0
The Wanderers recent run of victories came to a shuddering halt tonight at Hannah Park, as Shotts Bon Accord convincingly won 5-0. In truth, it could have been more, as Forth’s defensive frailties were exposed time and time again in the second half. Shotts were 2-0 up at the interval, although Stephen Larkin twice came close for the Wanderers and Chris Dunlop forced the home keeper into a fine save from a free kick.
Some calamitous defending gifted Shotts a third on 64 minutes and further goals after 79 and 81 minutes wrapped up the points. A late Forth flurry saw Stephen Larkin strike the bar and Ryan Connelly come close, but overall it was one to forget and move on from. With 10 league games remaining the Wanderers are down but not yet out, although the next two games against promotion chasing sides Neilston and St.Roch’s will provide a stern test.
FORTH WANDERERS 3 THORNIEWOOD UNITED 0
The Wanderers made it three league wins on the bounce, with a 3-0 victory over Thorniewood at Kingshill tonight. Quite a transformation for a team who couldn’t buy a goal a few weeks back, but who have now scored three in each of their last three league games.
The first half was not one for the purists, with chances being at a premium. The visitors hit the bar and spurned a great opportunity just before the half time whistle, while the ‘Wood keeper made a fine double save from Barry McGeechan, but other than that there wasn’t much to excite a decent Kingshill crowd.
Forth began the second half with greater purpose, playing more of a passing game than that seen in the first half and got their reward on 55 minutes. Barry McGeechan picked up the ball and advanced towards the Thorniewood goal before unleashing an unstoppable shot past the ‘Wood keeper. A fantastic finish from the Wanderers talisman. Forth now had the bit between their teeth and it was nearly two a minute later when Ryan Connelly was unlucky to see his header rebound from the post. However, the Wanderers were not to be denied and five minutes later it was 2-0. There was a hint of offside when Warren Grenfell picked up the ball on the right, but he played the whistle and unselfishly squared the ball for Ryan Connelly to tap into the empty net. Grenfell then got his reward for another fine performance, timing his run to perfection to latch on to a through ball and strike it first time into the corner. Three goals in 9 minutes and three points in the bag.
Credit to Thorniewood though, as they kept plugging away and only a superb stop from David Cherrie denied them a lifeline. They then hit the underside of the bar with a header and it was clear it wasn’t to be their night. No further scoring ensured a rare clean sheet for the Wanderers ahead of another tough test away to Shotts on Wednesday night.
WISHAW JUNIORS 2 FORTH WANDERERS 3
The Wanderers belied their 5/1 odds with a fine 3-2 win at Scottish Junior Cup semi-finalists Wishaw Juniors this afternoon.
Forth lost two goals in the first five minutes to Thorniewood on Wednesday, but, in a complete reversal of fortune, found themselves two up in the first five minutes at the Beltane after a blistering start. Ryan Connelly finished well for the first before some brilliant individual play from Warren Grenfell setup Kris Jarvie for a tap in. Wishaw came roaring back however and scored two quick goals to make it 2-2 with barely a quarter of the game gone. Forth came close when a brilliant Barry McGeechan effort cannoned off the crossbar while the hosts also hit the top of the woodwork in a pulsating first half. Wishaw were reduced to 10 men just prior to the interval, a petulant kick earning a straight red.
Once again however, the Wanderers failed to make the most of the one man advantage and it was Wishaw in the ascendancy early in the second half, although clear cut chances were at a premium and Forth keeper David Cherrie was equal to any efforts they did manage. The Wanderers came more into it as the half wore on and began to create chances of their own but it took until the 77th minute for them to regain the lead. Barry McGeechan leapt like a salmon to powerfully head home a Chris Dunlop corner and score what proved to be the winner. Wishaw pressed for an equaliser but David Cherrie and the Wanderers defence dealt well with a succession of long balls played into the box and 3-2 it finished.
A great result for Forth Wanderers and a disciplined,committed performance full of effort from a team in which the majority were suffering from the after effects of a bug. There’s no rest for the wicked however, with games next Monday,Wednesday and Saturday, starting with Thorniewood at home on Monday night.
FORTH WANDERERS 2 THORNIEWOOD 3
Thorniewood United progressed to the West of Scotland Cup 2nd round with a 3-2 victory over Forth at Kingshill this evening.
Things looked bleak for the Wanderers when the visitors raced into a two goal lead through Buckley and Morgan with less than 5 minutes on the clock, and they should have been three down but for an incredible open goal miss. Credit where due though, Forth rallied and Kris Jarvie thought he’d pulled one back when chesting the ball at least a foot over the line. However, the referee seemed to be the only person in the ground not to see this and no goal was given. The interval duly arrived with the ‘Wood still two up although the Wanderers certainly weren’t out it at this stage.
Forth began the second half on the front foot and luck was on their side six minutes into the half when ‘Wood defender Watson turned a cross into his own net under little pressure. This spurred the Wanderers on and they equalised on 63 minutes when Kris Jarvie latched on to a through ball and neatly lobbed the keeper to restore parity. There looked to be only one winner as Forth continued to press but they squandered a couple of free kicks from dangerous positions and just couldn’t find the breakthrough.
Thorniewood were looking dangerous on the counter however and from one such break they were awarded a penalty and Gary McMullen shown a second yellow for his challenge. Welsh squandered the opportunity blasting his spot kick high over the bar. The game continued to flow from end to end but with extra time looming, Fallon fired home the winner with a minute to play, to send Thorniewood through to face Shettleston in the next round.
As a result of this Cup exit, Forth are now away to Wishaw this coming Saturday.
FORTH WANDERERS 3 LESMAHAGOW 1
The Wanderers picked up their first win of 2018 with a 3-1 victory over Lesmahagow at Kingshill tonight. A strong first half performance saw Forth three up at the interval, thanks to a double from Peter Byrne and another from Stephen Larkin, all of which were excellent finishes.
The ‘Gow improved after the break and reduced the deficit on 54 minutes before missing an excellent chance to make it 3-2 a few minutes later. The Wanderers endured some nervous moments as the visitors pressed for another, but a straight red with 15 minutes to go saw the ‘Gow reduced to 10 and Forth were able to see out the remainder of the game relatively comfortably. The victory takes the Wanderers off the bottom of the league, although still a long way from safety.
FORTH WANDERERS 4 PORT GLASGOW 5
Despite an improved performance, the Wanderers lost 5-4 to Port Glasgow at Kingshill yesterday afternoon.
Twice behind in the first half, goals from Warren Grenfell, Kris Dick, from the penalty spot, and Barry McGeechan saw Forth lead 3-2 at the interval. Port equalised just after the restart, but another Kris Dick penalty gave Forth a 4-3 advantage and it looked as if they would hold on for a vital 3 points, until a calamitous last 5 minutes where the visitors scored twice to wrap up the points.
FORTH WANDERERS 0 SHOTTS BON ACCORD 3
There was to be no fairytale return to Kingshill Park for the Wanderers, playing their first game at their own park for almost eight months, as visitors Shotts emerged victorious by three goals to nil tonight.
Two down at the interval through a 13th minute goal from Aitken and a contentious penalty converted by Burns three minutes from the break, Forth spurned chances of their own in a fairly even first half. The Wanderers began the second half strongly and again missed chances to reduce the deficit before another Burns goal on 68 minutes sealed the points for Shotts, who comfortably saw out the game after that.
Regardless of the result, it was great to be finally be back at Kingshill. Thanks to all who attended and we’ll hopefully see you back for our upcoming run of home games, weather permitting of course !
FORTH WANDERERS 2 ROSSVALE JUNIORS 5
The Wanderers slumped to their second successive 5-2 league defeat, losing to league leaders Rossvale at Ravenscraig Sports Centre yesterday. The indoor setting gave the match a somewhat surreal feel and despite some decent passages of play and a few half chances Forth found themselves two down at the interval.
A further two second half goals saw the Wanderers four down with 17 minutes to play but, aided by Rossvale having a man sent off, Forth rallied and Christopher McKeown pulled one back on 75 minutes. Any faint hopes of a fightback were extinguished when Vale made it 5-1 with a couple of minutes to go and Barry McGeechan’s injury time goal was merely a consolation.
ROSSVALE GAME SWITCHED
Saturday’s League match against Rossvale as been switched the the indoor pitch at the Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility, O’Donnell Way, Motherwell ML1 2TZ. Kick off is still at 2pm.
BLANTYRE VICTORIA 5 FORTH WANDERERS 2
A disappointing performance saw the Wanderers lose 5-2 to Blantyre Vics at the KG Stadium tonight. Two down approaching half time, quickfire goals from Ryan Connelly and Peter Byrne after 43 and 44 minutes saw Forth level at the interval. However, the Vics took control in the 2nd half and scored three without reply to run out comfortable winners.
ST.ANTHONY’S 2 FORTH WANDERERS 0
The Ants emerged victorious after an evenly matched Central League Cup tie at McKenna Park this afternoon, defeating the Wanderers by 2 goals to nil.
Forth were always in the game and could feel hard done by to find themselves a goal down at the interval, after a first half which saw two fine stops by the Ants keeper and a couple of other good chances spurned. However, Brian Henderson capitalised on a defensive mix up to put the hosts ahead after 25 minutes and that proved to be the only goal of the half.
The second half saw the Wanderers mainly on the offensive but, lacking a cutting edge, clear cut chances were at a premium and they were punished with 10 minutes to go when a quick Ants counter ended with Daryl Naismith making it 2-0.
ST. ANTHONY’S GAME SWITCHED
Saturday’s Central League Cup tie against St. Anthony’s has been switched to McKenna Park as Kingshill is currently covered in 3 inches of snow. This will be the Wanderers first visit to McKenna Park and the address is Fulbar Road/Shieldhall Road, Glasgow G51 4HU. Kick off is at 2pm. Thanks to the Ants for agreeing to the switch.
PORT GLASGOW 0 FORTH WANDERERS 0
An unusual score in the Juniors, especially for the Wanderers, but despite the blank scoreline it was an entertaining game nonetheless.
Port perhaps shaded the chances, although Forth had a couple of note and had a goal disallowed for offside with barely a minute on the clock.
It was a fine performance, especially defensively, and all the players can be proud of their efforts in extremely testing conditions, with the wind making things difficult throughout the match.
WISHAW 1 FORTH WANDERERS 0
The Wanderers exited the Scottish Junior Cup losing 1-0 to Wishaw at the Beltane yesterday, a Dan Kindlan goal after 26 minutes the difference between the sides. A bad tempered match saw Wishaw reduced to 10 men just before half time when Neil Schoneville was sent off and Forth’s Barry McGeechan also received his marching orders near the end of the game. Chances were at a premium although the Wishaw keeper had a couple of good first half saves to keep his side ahead, while Wanderers custodian David Cherrie kept Forth in the game with some important saves in the second half.
WISHAW GAME POSTPONED
Today’s Scottish Junior Cup 4th Round tie replay against Wishaw Juniors has been postponed due to The Beltane being unplayable. We’ll try again next Saturday.
Forward Wullie McLaren has left the club to sign for Central 1st Division rivals Benburb. The player made it clear he wished to seek a new challenge and in light of that, the club reluctantly agreed to accept the offer from the Bens.
Forth Wanderers would like to put on record our appreciation for Wullie’s efforts over the past couple of seasons, which saw him score a phenomenal 54 goals in 68 games and unsurprisingly finish top scorer in both campaigns. Of his many highlights, his four goals in the derby demolition of Lanark, which sealed the Central 2nd Division title, will live long in the memory.
We wish Wullie and his family all the very best for the future.
WISHAW GAME POSTPONED
Today’s Scottish Junior Cup 4th Round tie replay against Wishaw Juniors has been postponed due to The Beltane being unplayable. We’ll try again next Saturday.
WISHAW GAME POSTPONED
Today’s Scottish Junior Cup 4th Round tie replay against Wishaw Juniors has been postponed due to The Beltane being unplayable. We’ll try again next Saturday.
ROSSVALE 4 FORTH WANDERERS 3
The Wanderers lost 4-3 to Rossvale at a rainy Huntershill this afternoon, Warren Grenfell, Wullie McLaren and Barry McGeechan scoring the Forth goals.
The Wanderers took the lead after 15 minutes, when a dangerous McLaren cross was headed home by Grenfell under pressure at the back post. The league leaders hit back on 32 minutes when McGonigle took advantage of some hesitant defending to level things up. That concluded the scoring in a first half where Forth belied their league position to more than match their hosts.
Rossvale began the second half strongly, creating several good chances and it was no surprise when McGladrigan put them ahead on 56 minutes. However, their lead lasted less than a minute, McLaren smashing home a shot, which gave the home keeper no chance, to restore parity.
The hosts regained the lead on 63 minutes when they were awarded a penalty, a decision which provoked a furious reaction from the Wanderers players. Despite David Cherrie saving the resultant spot kick, Hunter followed up to net the rebound and make it 3-2. The Forth players were further incensed when Vale made it 4-2, Niven heading home at the back post despite what appeared to be a blatant push on a Wanderers defender.
Forth kept looking for a way back into the game and got their reward when a Barry McGeechan effort deceived everyone, with the aid of a slight deflection, to make it 4-3 with a minute to go. However, despite continual Forth pressure in the remaining few minutes, Rossvale held on to increase their lead at the top of the table to 5 points.
The winners of our West of Scotland 1st Round tie against Thorniewood will host Shettleston in the 2nd Round.
In the Central League Cup Forth have been drawn at home to St. Anthonys in the 1st Round, with the winners at home to Cumbernauld in the 2nd Round.
Dates for the above to be advised.
ROSSVALE GAME SWITCHED
Saturday’s game against Rossvale has been switched to Huntershill Sports Hub and is now the Vale’s home game.
The address is as follows :
Huntershill Sports Hub
35 Auchinairn Road
BLANTYRE GAME POSTPONED
Today’s game against Blantyre Vics has been postponed.
LOCHORE WELFARE 1 FORTH WANDERERS 2
The Wanderers reached Round 4 of the Scottish Junior Cup for the first time in 14 years, after defeating Lochore Welfare 2-1 at Central Park yesterday afternoon.
First half goals from Warren Grenfell and Barry McGeechan gave Forth a commanding half-time advantage but the Welfare came roaring back in the 2nd half, reduced the deficit and had the Wanderers hanging on grimly near the end for a hard fought victory. The hosts cause wasn’t helped when they lost their goalkeeper and a defender after an accidental collision early in the 1st half, resulting in an outfield player having to go in goal. We wish both players a speedy recovery.
SCOTTISH CUP 4TH ROUND ,DRAW
The winners of the Scottish Junior Cup replay between Lochore Welfare and Forth will play away to either Downfield or Wishaw in the 4th round. Tie to be played on 20th January 2018.
LOCHORE GAME POSTPONED
Today’s Scottish Junior Cup 3rd Round tie replay against Lochore Welfare has been postponed due to a frozen pitch at Central Park. We’ll try again next Saturday.
FRIENDLY CALLED OFF
Tonight’s friendly against Royal Albert has been called off, as the pitch at Wishaw Sports Centre is frozen.
LOCHORE GAME POSTPONED
Today’s Scottish Junior Cup 3rd Round tie replay against Lochore Welfare has been postponed due to a frozen pitch at Central Park. We’ll try again next Saturday..
FORTH WANDERERS 2 LOCHORE WELFARE 2
The Wanderers Scottish Junior Cup participation is still alive after a 2-2 draw with Lochore Welfare at the John Cumming Stadium in Carluke on Saturday.
Things looked bleak for Forth when Lochore took the lead on 22 minutes before Jason Corbett was sent off for a last man challenge. However Barry McGeechan headed home a Wullie McLaren corner to level things up and despite Lochore hitting the post from a free kick, 1-1 it remained at the interval.
The Wanderers began the second half brightly, hitting the top of the bar and having a goal chopped off before Ryan Connelly slid home a McLaren cross to make it 2-1. The Fifers responded well however and equalised 6 minutes later before only a fantastic save from David Cherrie in the Wanderers goal stopped them going ahead. McGeechan headed inches wide from another McLaren cross but 2-2 it finished, setting up a replay in Crosshill this coming Saturday.
LOCHORE GAME SWITCHED TO CARLUKE
Saturday’s Scottish Junior Cup 3rd Round tie against Lochore Welfare has been switched to the John Cumming Stadium in Carluke. Kick off is at 1:45pm.
FORTH WANDERERS 4 BENBURB 3
A vital victory for the Wanderers at New Tinto Park this afternoon, after the match was switched from an unplayable Kingshill.
Forth got off to a horrendous start however, going a goal down in 20 seconds and only the post stopping a second 5 minutes later. Gradually working their way into the game, the Wanderers equalised on 11 minutes when the impressive Ryan Connelly glanced home his first goal for the club. The remainder of the half swung from end to end but it was the hosts who were ahead at the interval, making it 2-1 after 44 minutes.
Forth began the second half brightly and equalised on 53 minutes when Wullie McLaren volleyed home a pinpoint cross from Connelly and 4 minutes later McLaren put the Wanderers 3-2 ahead, this time nodding home a Connor McArdle cross from the right. The lead only lasted 4 minutes as the Bens made it 3 all, but Forth were not to be denied and Warren Grenfell scored the winner after 69 minutes, leaping well to place his header into the corner of the net for a fine finish. The Wanderers had several chances to tie things up but failed to take them, meaning a nervous 5 minutes of injury time had to be endured.
BENBURB GAME SWITCHED
Due to ongoing issues with the Kingshill pitch, the game against Benburb on Saturday has been switched to New Tinto Park. Kick off is 1:45pm.
This will be classed as the Wanderers home game.
IRVINE VICTORIA 0 FORTH WANDERERS 1
Forth progressed to the 3rd Round of the Scottish Junior Cup with a hard fought 1-0 victory over Irvine Victoria at Victoria Park yesterday. A Barry McGeechan goal, following up to bundle home after his initial penalty had been saved, the difference between the sides and sets up a meeting with Lochore Welfare in the next round. It was a game of few chances and the hosts cause wasn’t helped by the sending off of Jordan Craig on 35 minutes after a crude challenge.
GLASGOW PERTHSHIRE 5 FORTH WANDERERS 2
The Wanderers lost 5-2 to Glasgow Perthshire at Keppoch Park this afternoon, a result which took the hosts off the bottom of the table and left Forth second bottom.
Perthshire took the lead with a close range header after 9 minutes and doubled their advantage 16 minutes later when a corner was headed home. The Wanderers rallied however and two goals in two minutes from Barry McGeechan and Wullie McLaren saw the sides level at the interval.
Forth were reduced to 10 men early in the second half when Gary McMullen was shown a red card for retaliation after being on the end of a hefty challenge and Perthshire took advantage of their numerical superiority to regain the lead on 51 minutes. The hosts were then reduced to 10 men after a needless handball saw a second yellow card issued to the player in question, but they continued to dominate and a penalty on 67 minutes and another with 8 minutes to go saw them run out deserved 5-2 winners. Patrick Pyott and Lewis Watt both made late substitute appearances for the Wanderers after signing on a Dual Contract basis from St Roch’s 19’s.
BENBURB 1 FORTH WANDERERS 0
The Wanderers lost 1-0 to table topping Bens at New Tinto Park yesterday, despite an encouraging performance which just lacked the requisite cutting edge.
Forth began brightly and forced a series of early corners which came to nothing before Bens keeper Hollis comfortably a couple of efforts from Wullie McLaren. Keigan Parker then fired an effort just wide before Connor McArdle won the ball in midfield and advanced to fire a shot off the outside of the post under pressure from Greer. The Bens best chance fell to Scott whose goal bound effort was turned around the post by David Cherrie and goalless it remained at the interval.
Benburb began the second half strongly and after an early Wright effort was cleared they took the lead on 50 minutes when the Wanderers defence failed to clear an initial shot from Jarvie allowing the same player to follow up and score. The Bens were in the ascendancy now and Cherrie saved well from Livingston before Kinnaird rattled the post. At the other end Parker should’ve done better when attempting to chip the keeper while a pinpoint McLaren cross failed to find any takers. Forth had a shout for a penalty when Greer upended Parker but the referee awarded a free kick right on the edge of the box, which again found no-one on the end of a great McLaren ball. As the Wanderers pressed for an equaliser gaps were appearing for the Bens to exploit and only a series of good saves from Cherrie kept Forth in the game. Jarvie also hit the post for Benburb as they finished strongly, but 1-0 it remained.
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.