Vale of Leven 1 Forth 3
Forth triumphed 3-1 against Vale of Leven in an ill-tempered game at a rain soaked Millburn Park this afternoon. The Wanderers goalscorers were Tony Traynor with a brace and Chris Lennon.
The Forth support has become accustomed to seeing early goals and once again they weren’t disappointed as the Wanderers opened the scoring on 3 minutes. A Chris McGroarty corner was met by the head of Tony Traynor and he bulletted the ball past the helpless Vale keeper Charles Smith from a couple of yards. Two minutes later and Traynor burst through the Vale defence but his final ball to Chris Lennon was intercepted and cleared for a corner.
Vale had their first attempt on goal on 7 minutes when Lee McGeachy fired wide and came close to equalising on 13 minutes when Kenny Wilson met a corner with his head and only a fine block from JC Hutchison prevented an equaliser. Vale were in the ascendancy at this point and David McNaught was next to try his luck, firing high and wide before a deflected shot had to be cleared by a Forth defender inside the 6 yard box.
Chris Lennon seemed to have the measure of Vale captain Alex Lacy, his pace causing problems every time Forth attacked, and it was Lennon who increased the Wanderers lead on 28 minutes. After good work from Tony Traynor, the ball was fed to Andrew Gilchrist who picked out Lennon with a precise pass and the Forth winger had time to steady himself before thrashing the ball into the net. Lennon came close again minutes later after another searing run saw him in on goal, but this time he could only fire into the arms of Smith.
At the other end, a timely block from John Watson prevented a Vale opportunity before Lennon again broke away down the right and fired a low shot which was heading into the bottom corner until Vale keeper Smith got down well to turn the ball away for a corner. The final chance of the half fell to the hosts but Wilson’s shot flew wide.
The second half was only two minutes old when Forth increased their lead and again it was Lennon and Traynor involved. Lennon burst down the right wing and fired across a perfect ball which was diverted into the net by the onrushing Traynor. This third goal seemed to rattle Vale and their tackling became somewhat meatier as a result, leading to a spate of bookings throughout the second half. However, they continued to press forward at every opportunity and after McGeachy had fired high and wide they finally pulled a goal back on 54 minutes. There seemed little danger when Ross Willis received the ball out on the left, but his cross come shot seemed to deceive Hutchison in the Forth goal and nestled in the back of the net.
The goal seemed to energise Vale and they enjoyed a good spell of pressure for a time, but the Forth defence held firm although it took some desperate defending on 58 minutes before Hutchsion was able to drop on the ball. The Wanderers were however looking dangerous every time they attacked and Tony Traynor came close on 62 minutes when home keeper Brown again did well to get down and turn his 25 yard shot around for a corner.
The home sides hopes were all but extinguished on 71 minutes when Kenny Wilson was shown his second yellow card within 6 minutes for blasting the ball against Gilchrist. They should then have been down to 9 men minutes later when Alex Lacy punched Lennon on the back of the head but luckily for the Vale captain the referee was unsighted. Lacy was however booked on 75 minutes for another foul on Lennon. The game had now degenerated into an ill-tempered affair and the final chance of note was a dipping Chris McGroarty corner which Brown had to tip over his crossbar.
A fine victory for the Wanderers in testing conditions, although it was never comfortable until Vale were reduced to 10 men. Next up, a home game against Rossvale where Forth will be anxious to improve on their recent record at Kingshill Park.
‘Mon the Forth.
Forth team : Hutchison,Howson,McLean,Trialist,Canning,Watson(Misanjo),Lennon(Colgan),McGroarty,