Fixture: Wishaw BC v EKFC Gold
Competition: Under 16's Lanarkshire FDA "B" League
Wishaw Boys Club returned to league action today with a home tie against lowly EK Gold. With Morgan Jones missing with a muscle strain and Connor Bohan still weeks away from a return from his broken wrist, WBC lined up with Jamie Anderson in goal, Iain Hardie at left back, Chris MacNeil and captain Conor Smith in the centre of defence and Dylan Gibson returning at right back after a one game ban. Chris Bruce and Cammy Ballantyne were joined in central midfield by Kieran Duffy, with Ross Park and Ross Wileman on the wings and Nathan Livingstone up front.
The game started with hailstones firing down from the heavens, and conditions yet again made slick passing football very difficult, but WBC started strongly pressing EK Gold back into their own half for the opening minutes, and it wasn't long before it was raining goals on the pitch too.
Ironically it was EK Gold's first foray into the WBC half that led to the first goal. When EK lost possession, the ball was fed to Ross Park on the half way line, Ross drove down the right flank before sliding a through ball to Nathan who fired home from 15 yards. 1-0.
Ross Park was very close to creating the next goal minutes later after another strong run down the right, his chipped cross looked destined to be headed home by Nathan, but a covering EK defender managed to clear the danger at the last minute.
WBC were now controlling possession and territory, with Cammy, Kieran and Chris Bruce bossing the middle of the park. It was Chris Bruce who had the next chance, hitting a low 18 yard shot just wide after some neat skill on the edge of the area.
The second goal wasn't long in arriving though, Iain Hardie and Ross Wileman combined well on the left which led to a mix up between the EK keeper and defence which allowed Kieran Duffy to slot home the easiest goal of his career into an open goal from a few yards. 2-0.
As the poor weather continued to affect the game, EK managed to mount a couple of attacks, but failed to genuinely threaten the WBC goal. Jamie dealt well with a couple of through balls and Conor Smith and Chris MacNeil dominated their opposing strikers with strong play on the ground and in the air. Iain and Dylan at full back were able to push forward and assist with the attacking play and cause danger in the opponents half.
After a scrappy 10 minutes of play WBC added a third after 25 minutes. Having scored countless goals this season from Ross Park crosses, Nathan was able to repay the favour with an accurate cross from the right which Ross was able to stretch out his left leg and steer the ball into the net. 3-0.
Nathan himself then added his second and Wishaw's fourth on the half hour mark, rounding the keeper and firing home from a tight angle after a neat through ball from Cammy. 4-0.
The fifth goal arrived on the stroke of half time when Chris Bruce switched play and hit a great cross field pass which found Ross Park in space on the left. Ross beat the right back for skill and then fired home past the keeper at the near post. 5-0.
Half Time : Wishaw BC 5-0 EKFC Gold
The total domination of the first period allowed the WBC coaches to ring the changes at the break and bring on a very strong looking group of substitutes. Nathan, Kieran, Iain and Chris MacNeil made way for Douglas Crumley, Matthew Hillan, Ross Paton and debutant Bryce McLean.
Bryce was straight into the action up front, controlling a ball in the centre circle under pressure he was able to release Ross Wileman to run through one on one with the EK keeper, and Ross cooly slotted the ball into the bottom left corner to make the score 6-0.
Goal number seven came from a corner on the left after a strong shot from Bryce had been saved by the EK keeper. Chris Bruce rose highest to power a header on goal which was poked over the line by Conor Smith for his 4th goal of the season. 7-0.
It was one way traffic at this point, with Jamie a very cold spectator at the other end. The defence were seldom required to carry out their defensive duties, and the midfield and strikers looked like scoring on every attack. Ross Paton, Chris Bruce, Conor, Douglas and Bryce all came close to adding to the scoreline as the EK defence attempted to stem the tide. The eighth goal inevitably arrived though, and it was Bryce who fired home after being put through on goal to open his account for WBC.
Some neat play between Bryce and Ross Park created the ninth goal soon afterwards when the EK keeper rushed out to avert the danger caused, only to clear the ball into the path of Ross Wileman who calmly fired the ball into an empty net from 25 yards. 9-0.
Further chances arrived for Iain and Bryce, before Bryce added goal number 10 from close range at the near post. 10-0.
The scoring was completed with 5 minutes remaining. A strong run from Kieran was cleared for a corner, and Ross Wileman flighted in the set play for Bryce to nod home at the back post to complete his hat-trick and an impressive 40 minutes. 11-0.
Full Time : Wishaw BC 11-0 EKFC Gold