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Burntisland Shipyard battle well for a deserved three points against Rosyth Reds

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A sensational double-hattrick, from striker Rhys Wardlaw helped Burntisland hit double figures against a hard-working Rosyth side.

The first chance of the match fell to Rosyth in the sixth minute when the ball fell to the skilful midfielder Ciaran Brough and was unlucky to have his strike just go over the bar.

Burntisland opened their account for the day when Wardlaw managed to get on the end of a well-placed cross and poked the ball past Rosyth’s keeper Murray Thomson, into the bottom corner in the 8th minute of the match.

Danny Finlayson came close to doubling Burntisland’s lead in the 11th minute but was firmly denied by Thomson, who was in for a very busy day. Burntisland’s captain Matthew Mitchell was next to attempt to get the hosts second when his volley from a corner just flew over the bar in the 12th minute.

Rosyth were next to have a flurry of chances, in a period of which was probably their best throughout the duration of the game. Adam McArthur came close for the equaliser but saw his effort coast over the bar in the 18th minute. However, Charlie Beardmore managed to get on to a loose ball within the box and smashed it passed Thomson in the 20th minute.

Despite going two down, Rosyth continued their pressure and came so close to narrowing the lead in the 25th minute when talented midfielder Conor Gourley, charged through the Burntisland defence and managed to expertly pick out attacker Matthew Perkins who’s shot went just wide of the post.

Perkins came close again to getting one back for Rosyth but was denied by a superb save from Burntisland keeper Jay Ritchie in the 27th minute. Gourley threatened next for Rosyth but again was saved from Ritchie in the 30th minute.

Once again however, Burntisland managed to weather the storm from Rosyth and return to their dominance for the remainder of the half which was near chances from Scott Hadden, Ben McDonald and Harris Phimister all bravely denied by impressive goalkeeper Thomson.

But Burntisland managed to eventually pull through and increase their advantage in the 40th minute when Mitchell showed some fantastic running starting from defence and cut it to striker Wardlaw who slotted it past Thomson and doubled his tally for the day and ended a dominant half from Burntisland.

Burntisland started the second half just as they finished the first half as Mitchell went on another surging run from defence and slid it under Thomson grabbing Burntisland’s 4th in the 41st minute.
Wardlaw immediately after, grabbed his hattrick and the hosts fifth in the 43rd minute when he made room for himself in the box and forced the ball into the bottom left corner. Wardlaw grabbed his third goal in five minutes and Burntisland’s sixth in the 45th minute after another curling effort hit the back of the net.
Robbie breeze was next to get his name on the score line as Burntisland’s devastation continued, when his deflected effort just managed to cross the line in the 57th minute. Wardlaw then amazingly grabbed his fifth of the afternoon as his glided shot found the bottom right corner in the 60th minute, putting the hosts eight ahead.
Burntisland managed to hit double figures in the final moments of the game when Phimister contributed to the score with a tidy finish and Wardlaw claimed his double hattrick from close range, bringing an end to the game.
Both sides should be more than proud of their efforts, the score may seem not the best for Rosyth, but we must not forget that this is early in the season and there is still a lot of work to be done.
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