Fixture: Jim Baxter Memorial v Campsie Black U16
Competition: Cumbernauld & Kilsyth DYL
Venue: Broadwood 3G
Date: Sunday 13th March 2016
Jim Baxter Memorial faced up against Campsie Black and were looking to solidify their position at the top of the table. The home side had to work extremely hard against a very organised Campsie team, however JBM had enough in the tank to take all three points.
For the majority of the first half, JBM looked very comfortable and some of the football being played was a joy to watch. JBM took the lead twenty minutes into the match after relentless pressure. Dalziel delivered the perfect corner to the back post, and with Hamilton losing his marker he found some space to bullet his header into the back of the net, giving the goalkeeper no chance. It was Hamilton's first ever goal for the club.
The domination from JBM continued but they couldn't find that second goal. McChesney and Dalziel were working hard up front, but they weren't being presented with many opportunities.
As half time approached, Campsie equalised after a mix up in the JBM defence. The visitors won a free kick 40 yards out, and it was delivered into the heart of the penalty area. Goalkeeper Sanderson came to claim it, but mis-judged the flight of the ball, and as he was caught underneath it. As he tried to rescue this situation, he unfortunately couldn't claw the ball back and it flew in just underneath the crossbar.
Half Time: Jim Baxter Memorial 1-1 Campsie Black
A couple of half time changes for Jim Baxter Memorial, to try and break down a stubborn Campsie side. Cunningham replaced the hard working Mitchell and Bailey Milne, JBM's newest signing making his debut, replaced the impressive Davenport.
The second half kicked off but it took the players a good ten minutes to get back into full flow. Most of the second half was played in the Campsie half, with league leaders JBM showing their dominance, but just couldn't find the final ball to allow McChesney or Dalziel any opportunity despite their excellent movement to find space.
With twenty minutes to go, the JBM coaches decided to gamble and introduce Malone and Gray to replace Dalziel and McChesney who had ran themselves in to the ground. The game continued again with JBM pushing for the winner but Campsie were holding firm and defending really well.
With the game heading towards the final whistle, one penultimate attack was launched by JBM. The ball broke to Milne on the left hand side, and he whipped a delightful ball into the box, which the Campsie keeper few out towards, but he couldn't gather, and Gray was on hand to pounce on the loose ball and burst the back of the net.
That was to be the last chance of the game, and much to the relief of everyone involved as far as JBM's concerned, they got the win they deserved.
Full Time: Jim Baxter Memorial 2-1 Campsie Black
Many people would thing winning 2-1 meant the game was an even contest. That is far from the real story of the match however as the Jim Baxter Memorial boys deserved a lot more, but couldn't find that cutting edge in front of goal. Campsie defended well to their credit, but JBM more than worth their win. Every player gave 100% on the pitch and left nothing behind.