Forth 1 Wishaw 2
Forth lost 2-1 to Wishaw at Kingshill Park this afternoon. Jordan Smith gave Forth an early lead before goals from Chris Gordon and Kevin Grant gave the visitors the points in a game peppered with some perplexing refereeing decisions.
Forth made three changes from the side which lost to Vale of Clyde, in came Robbie Brown,Stephen McQuade and Bryan Felvus for Marc Howson,Dean McLean and Chris Lennon. Unfortunately for McQuade, he pulled up injured within two minutes and was replaced by McLean.
Making light of this enforced change, Forth took the lead after four minutes when a Jordan Smith header from a corner was deemed to have crossed the line before being cleared. Wishaw should have been level 5 minutes later, when a neat cutback from Moore found Woodlock in space but he miscued his shot and the ball flew over the bar. Skipper Newman was next to go close for the visitors, flashing a header across the goal and wide after meeting a Thomson corner from the left.
Forth had plenty of the ball at this stage but chances were few and far between and it was Wishaw who levelled the match after 32 minutes. There looked to be little danger until a misplaced Forth pass allowed Woodlock to break down the left and when his deep cross evaded the home defence, Chris Gordon swooped to head home at the back post.
This setback seemed to galvanise Forth who spent the remainder of the half beating a path towards the Wishaw goal. After a McGroarty shot was blocked, visiting keeper Thomson turned a Misanjo shot around the post and Smith headed the resultant corner over. Misanjo then pounced after Thomson spilled a cross but the Wishaw keeper made amends with a good save from the striker’s shot to keep the sides level at the interval.
Misanjo was prominent for Forth at the start of the second half, forcing Thomson into an early save before his powerful run saw him upended on the edge of the Wishaw box. However, the referee saw this differently and booked Misanjo for diving much to the consternation of the Forth players. Things were evened up later in the half when Gordon went down under a challenge inside the Forth box and was also booked for his troubles, despite having a decent claim for a penalty.
The Wanderers were now dominating the game and a fine cross field pass from Smith on 57 minutes picked out Tony Traynor on the right and although he flew past a couple of defenders his final shot was easily saved. Traynor went even closer a couple of minutes later when he was first to react when Thomson spilled a Misanjo shot and rounded the keeper before shooting from an acute angle. Agonisingly for Forth the ball rolled along the line and hit the inside of the far post before being cleared. Gilchrist was next to try his luck, his on target volley being charged down as Forth continued to exert pressure.
Wishaw were dangerous on the break however and Smith had to throw himself to block a goalbound shot after a visiting striker had rounded Hutchison in the Forth goal. The Wanderers didn’t heed the warning however and Wishaw struck with their next attack. A perfectly flighted ball into the box from Crawford was met by the head of Kevin Grant and his header squeezed past Hutchison and into the net to give the visitors the lead on 67 minutes.
Although Forth continued to press, clear cut chances were at a premium as the Wishaw defence stood strong, John Watson coming closest when he directed a header straight at Thomson from a corner. In fact, only a fine save from Hutchison in the dying minutes denied Grant a third Wishaw goal.
Overall, a decent performance from the Wanderers, with John Watson a powerful presence in the midfield. However, it’s points that are required now, hopefully starting on Saturday when we visit Stonehouse for another difficult test against Royal Albert.
‘Mon The Forth
Forth : Hutchison,Brown(Howson),McQuade(McLean),Smith,Canning,Watson,Traynor,
Wishaw : Thomson,Stewart,Bulloch,Inglis,Newman,Lynch,Thomson (Grant),Crawford,Gordon,