Spartans and Jerviston battled it out in adverse weather conditions for a place in the next round of the Scottish Cup. It would be the visiting team, Jerviston who were to leave Edinburgh with smiles all round emerging 4-0 victors on the day.
The role of the weather cannot be understated and the strong driving wind made attempting to play football extremely difficult. Despite this both sides put in spirited, battling performances that made watching the game all the more bearable.
The match kicked off and Jerviston found themselves instantly on the front foot. An opening in the Spartans defence was spotted by Kieran Lawson who drove into the gap and attempted to dink goalkeeper Ben Ritchie. The Spartans number one was aware of his intentions and gratefully caught the ball above his head.
The opening stages were dominated by Jerviston who were controlling the majority of possession without creating many clear goal scoring opportunities.
That changed in the tenth minute, when an inviting ball was delivered from the far right by Kian Marshall into the centre of the box. The dangerous cross was pounced upon by his team mate Lawson to slot home and put Jerviston 1-0 up.
Despite a quiet opening fifteen minutes or so for Spartans, they began to assert their authority on the match and several threatening corners for the home side in the 20th minute were well defended by Jerviston.
The second goal of the match arrived soon after and it was a second for Jervsiton. High pressure from the visitors paid dividends and forced Spartans into conceding possession inside their own box. Marshall found the ball at his feet and showed excellent composure to find the net.
Spartans’ response was positive and it looked as if they were to instantly snatch a goal of their own when John Balde played a neat reverse ball down the wing to Kris Gaff. As Gaff bore down on goal it became clear he would have to hit his shot early, and that he did but pulled it wide, much to the relief of the Jerviston back line.
The conditions were gradually becoming worse and worse and it was far from the ideal day for a game of football yet the teams persisted albeit to no avail as chances were few and far to come by. Half-time, probably came at the right time so both sets of players could get into the changing rooms, and rejuvenate themselves for the second half.