Forth 0 Rossvale 4
A depleted Forth lost 4-0 to Rossvale at Kingshill Park this afternoon, a hat-trick from Fraser Team and a goal from Robbie Winters ensuring the points returned to Bishopbriggs.
With eight of his squad missing for a variety of reasons, Wanderers manager Chris McGroarty didn’t have his problems to seek as Forth faced up to a Rossvale side which included former Scotland International Robbie Winters in their ranks. The visitors also lined up with their numbers bearing no relation to the position played, Winters wearing 3 and strike partner Fraser Team 2 for example.
Marc Howson was first to try his luck after 2 minutes, his shot deflecting safely into the arms of Rossvale keeper Bowskill while Glenn Weir had to turn away a Winters shot for a corner a minute later. Winters had the ball in the net after 11 minutes but was adjudged offside and the goal disallowed, but undettered the former Aberdeen man opened the scoring 5 minutes later. Glenn Weir was unable to hold a Longridge shot and Winters was impeded by Stephen McQuade as he went for the rebound and a penalty awarded. Calmness personified, Winters slotted the ball down the middle to open the scoring.
Tony Traynor headed weakly at the keeper after 18 minutes as Forth tried to restore parity before Gary McMullen limped off midway through the half to add to the Wanderers growing injury list, being replaced by Jason Corbett. A Chris McGroarty shot was then comfortably held by Bowskill after a probing run from Traynor, whilst at the other end Team raced on to a long ball but, although he got to it before the advancing Weir, his effort was narrowly wide.
Forth came close to equalising with 25 minutes on the clock but Kris Dick saw his shot rebound from the inside of the post before striking Bowskill on the head and rolling across the six yard box until eventually cleared. The Wanderers were enjoying a good spell at this juncture and Rossvale conceded a spate of free kicks as they attempted to defend their lead. Andrew Gilchrist fired one of the resultant free kicks high over the bar while Traynor could only fire straight at Bowskill from another. The Rossvale keeper then did well to come out and clutch a dangerous John McGowan cross with Traynor waiting to pounce as Forth increased the pressure.
A goal looked to be coming and when it did the only surprise was that it was for Rossvale rather than the Wanderers. Again that man Winters was involved, setting Team clear and his strike partner finished well on 42 minutes. A sucker punch for Forth who had marginally shaded the half, but 2-0 to Rossvale at half time it was.
Rossvale began the second half strongly and only a superb triple save from Weir stopped them from increasing their lead after 48 minutes, the Forth keeper saving well from Team, Hepburn and Longridge in turn. The Wanderers spurned an opportunity to reduce the deficit after 52 minutes when a Traynor corner found Dick in space, but the midfielder could only direct his header over the bar. Robbie Brown was then played in by McGroarty but his dangerous ball across the edge of the six yard box found no takers.
Forth were committing men forward leaving them susceptible to quick Rossvale breaks and Stephen McQuade had to throw himself into the line of a dangerous Chris Gordon shot to deflect the ball away for a corner. Weir then did well to save from Team on 62 minutes before making another fine save from a Winters header and although Gordon netted the rebound, he was given offside.
Rossvale were in the ascendancy now and increased their lead on 69 minutes when a punt from Bowskill wasn’t dealt with by the Forth defence and Team latched onto it and dispatched past Weir to make it 3-0. The Rossvale striker should have completed his hat-trick on 76 minutes but he fired high over the bar from a good position. The visitors hadn’t settled for 3-0 and continued to attack at will and two minutes into stoppage time Team completed his hat-trick to make the final score a resounding 4-0 to Rossvale. To make matters worse for the Wanderers, Andrew Gilchrist was taken off injured with minutes to go,adding to an injury list already at crisis proportions.
Another disappointing result for the Wanderers, although credit due to Rossvale whose strikeforce of Winters and Team will cause problems for every club in the league. Hopefully with the return of several injured players and with Chris Lennon now free from suspension, we can finally get our season off and running when East Kilbride Thistle come calling on Saturday.
Forth team : Weir,Howson,McQuade,McMullen(Corbett),McGowan(Cockrell),Brown,Dick,McGroarty,