Jeanfield Swifts, Central Taxis East of Scotland League Premier Division,
Riverside Stadium, Saturday 24 August 2019
Bo’ness United travel to Perth to meet Jeanfield Swifts, a club that in recent years
has risen from the lower divisions to become formidable opponents. This is illustrated
by their third place in last season’s Conference C table cruising into the Premier
League and recent home demolitions of both Camelon Juniors and Broxburn Athletic.
Closer to home Bo’ness visited the Riverside Stadium three years ago and scored
five goals without reply but only a year later it was the home side who triumphed, the
BUs losing two goals, leaving with nothing to show for their efforts. The first match of
last season Swifts visited Newtown Park and the two strikes they scored did not
properly reflect the gulf between the teams on the day.
Jeanfield’s away form has not been so good losing at Hill of Beath Hawthorn and
Tranent Juniors although they did comprehensively win away to Coldstream in the
Scottish Cup. Like many teams, early season consistency has been an issue but
thirteen goals for and only two against in their last two games may mean they are
sorting themselves out. Consistency has also been an issue for the BUs as their
master class at Newtongrange Star in the Alex Jack Cup was followed by a stuttering
win against Oakley United in the Football Nation Cup. BU Manager Max Christie did
make six changes in the starting line up which always had the possibility of affecting
the rhythm of the team and it is likely this Saturday will see a line up closer to the one
that started at Newtongrange.
In the Oakley game Stuart Love gave the Fife side a half time lead and although
Chris Donnelly equalised right after the break, an unfortunate Ross Campbell/Andy
Murphy own goal had the visitors ahead once more. Terry Hewitt scored his first for
Bo’ness to pull them back level again before Brian Morgan struck and the BUs were
ahead for the first time. Into time added on and Ryan Stevenson made sure of the
victory and although the scoreline may have flattered Bo’ness they were just glad to
get through against their brave opponents.
Saturday’s match at Jeanfield is likely to be the toughest of the season so far for
Bo’ness but with both sides looking to play positive football it has the potential to be a
very good game. Perth is just under an hour away and this relatively short journey
will hopefully be undertaken by a sizeable number of the BU Faithful who will make
their voices heard at the Riverside Stadium where hopefully they will witness an
entertaining game finishing with three league points for their favourites.
21 August 2019