Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Gretna FC 2008 v Vale of Leithen

Gretna FC 2008 v Vale of Leithen
Scottish Lowland League
Saturday 3rd January 3pm

As the year turns so perhaps do the fortunes of Gretna FC 2008 also stand on the cusp.

They go into Saturday’s Lowland League fixture in second spot, five points behind the leaders, Edinburgh City, who have games in hand, and five points clear of their nearest rivals, Spartans, also with games in hand.

Having beaten one bogy team, Threave Rovers, last week by the narrowest of margins, it will take a heroic effort against another, Vale of Leithen, to confirm the Raydale side’s credentials as title challengers. It will be a difficult task. The Innerleithen side have overcome traumas off and on the pitch and have the bragging rights from the earlier league encounter which finished 3-2. Overall results between the two sides stand all square with Vale having inflicted Gretna’s biggest defeat two seasons ago.

While there have been some departures from the Raydale ranks in recent weeks, Gretna manager, Stuart Rome has been reaping the rewards from a new consistency in a settled Gretna side committed to the future of the Borderers.

In a seasonal gesture members of the Gretna Youth Academy and a parent will be admitted free of charge to Saturday’s game.

Whether 2015 is looked back on as the year in which 2008 took yet another step forward or merely cemented their position may hinge on this fixture. Not one to miss.

Monday, 29 December 2014


Firstly welcome back to Raydale for our 1st game of 2015, Happy New Year to you all and hopefully 2015 can carry on the way 2014 ended. Saturdays victory over Threave made it 8 wins in a row in all competitions is no mean feat at any level of football, although we probably weren’t at our best we dug in and ground out the victory and a clean sheet is always a good thing for confidence in the back 5. Someone said in the changing rooms after the game that 6 months ago we would of lost that game, and I tend to agree.

If I’m not mistaken we have lost all 3 Lowland League matches against Vale so we won’t be leaving any stone unturned, we have had the lads in on New Year’s Eve to get prepared for today’s match as Stuart just training once on Xmas week had a detrimental effect on Saturdays performance. A victory would take us within touching distance of top of the league with Edinburgh City to play in January. We just have to keep winning and see where it takes us. Rest assured we won’t concede anything until its mathematically impossible.


Sunday, 28 December 2014

Gretna FC (2008) 1 Threave Rovers 0

S.L.F.L. Cup
Gretna FC (2008)  1 (0)
Threave Rovers.   0 (0)

Threave got the game under way on a very cold winters afternoon but soon found themselves pinned back in their own half as Gretna pressed for an early goal.
Brandon Longcake attracted the attention of several markers having enjoyed teasing the Threave defence in a previous meeting at Meadow Park earlier this month. Indeed most of the home sides attacks came down the left with Joe Slattery operating on the opposite wing.
First chance for the home side came in opening minute when Scott Milligan put Longcake clear in behind the Threave defence but Vinnie Parker forced the Gretna winger into an early shot which was just the wrong side of the post.
Minutes later Iain Anderson fired across the Threave goal just missing the far post. Slattery then had a goal bound effort blocked and turned behind for a corner as the home side continued to dominate.
Jonny Blake got in behind the Threave defence when he linked up with Slattery down the right wing, his cross was met on the volley by Milligan but his shot was well over Parker's crossbar.
In the 15th. minute Threave had there first chance when Colin Kay crossed into the Gretna box where Jamie Struthers out jumped Dave Wallace but his header was off target. Adam Main had a 25 yard effort saved on the line by Parker while at the other end Graham Wright comfortably saved a long range effort by Greig Goodwin. Gretna had the larger majority of possession but were unable to convert into goals. Threave were defending deep inside their half and offered little in attack. Just before the interval Slattery blazed a shot wide from 20 yards through a packed penalty area. H/T 0-0.

The second half began with the home side on the attack and twice in quick succession Parker denied Slattery at point blank range much to the disappointment of the young Gretna forward.
Threave looked as though they would hit Gretna on the counter but Wright was in no mood to concede and was instrumental in delivering quick ball for his midfield to attack. One long throw out found Main on half way which resulted in the Gretna midfielder bursting through the Threave defence, unfortunately his shot was straight into the arms of Parker.
Play became a little bit untidy with both teams surrendering possession easily, on 65 minutes Gretna manager Stuart Rome made his first substitution , Sam Atkinson on for Greig Thorburn.
With a reshuffle of his defence Atkinson instantly became chief provider down the right wing. In the 75th minute Gretna were awarded a free kick after a poor challenge by Kay on Longcake around 25 yards from goal. Alan Inglis' free kick almost knock out Goodwin who was part of the Threave wall. In the 79th.minute an Atkinson out swinging corner in around the penalty spot saw Wallace rise above the Threave defence to head onto Inglis who in turn looped his well flighted header beyond Parker and into the top corner of the net, 1-0.
Rome made his final substitutions with Nick Cassidy and Danny Graham replacing the hard working pair of Adam Main and Joe Slattery.
Final score Gretna 1 Threave 0, the result means Gretna move into the next round of the cup.

Gretna FC(2008) :
G.Wright, J.Blake, G.Thorburn, D.Wallace, A.Inglis, D.Addison, B.Longcake, A.Main, I.Anderson, S.Milligan, J.Slattery. Subs:

Threave Rovers :
V.Parker, C.Kay, K.Roan, S.Wilby, L.Patterson, A.Forsyth, G.Goodwin, C.Docherty, R.Parker, J.Struthers, I.Miller. Subs: S.Milligan, D.Few, K.Jackson, A.Donley.