The Braves slumped to a 4-1 defeat to high-flying BSC Glasgow at Alliance Park on Saturday after an impressive first half.
By all accounts it was a scrappy game throughout as both sides battle for the three points in Motherwell.
BSC striker Thomas Collins cause a lot of problems to the Braves defence with dangerous run in behind. He almost opened the scoring early on but was denied by the side netting.
The Braves began to be an organised defensive unit and began to frustrate BSC. Neil McLaughlin came close as his shot from inside his own half almost caught the BSC goalie off guard. Marshal just managed to hold on to the long range effort.
It would be BSC who opened the scoring though. A corner kick came in to find Martin Grehan unmarked at the back post. The big striker had time to slot the ball into the opposite corner to give his side the advantage.
Fortunately this lead wouldn’t last long. Great play from Alan Reid and a wonderful pass from David Sinclair found McLaughlin rushing into the right hand side of the box. The young midfielder hit a first time half volley as it rifled past Marshall.
BSC began to dominate as the half came to a close. Alex Marshall had some terrific saves to deny the visitors as top goalscorer Thomas Orr came close.
BSC would re-take the lead. A penalty was called by the man in the middle, Declan Hughes stepped up and just beat Marshy as he dived the right way.
Into the second half, the opening 20 minutes could have been quite easily forgotten about. Few chances and a very scrappy game.
BSC were the team to escape the scrappy nature of the game and take control for the remainder though. Following a slack defensive pass the visitors missed a glorious opportunity to kill the tie. Orr would have the ball in the back of the net but was adjudged to be offside as the goal for BSC was coming.
Another penalty kick was award. Substitute McKay skipped past 5 Braves players before being fouled by Reid in the box. Hughes stepped up once again and converted the third goal of the game.
It was going to be a mountain to climb for the Braves but the game was killed off when Collins beat the offside trap and slotted past Marshall from 6 yards out.
The Braves lacked the creative edge in this one to merit a share of the points as BSC continue their fine form.
It doesn’t get any easier for the Braves as they travel up to Lowland League leaders Kelty Hearts, Saturday 1st February 2020, 3pm KO at New Central Park.