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5 Undefeated for the Braves - Match Reports!

23rd October 2023

Over the last week, the Caledonian Braves headed for two tough away games in the Lowland League, looking to build upon strong form of late!

Match reports from both games can be read below:

Gretna 2008 v Caledonian Braves (18/10) - Highlights

The Caley Braves climbed into the top half of the table, after recording a 0-1 win away to Gretna 2008. 

Facing into the flustery Raydale Park winds, the Braves almost conceded early in the game, after an opposition striker blazed over from close range.

Both teams moved the ball well throughout the half, despite the conditions, and the Braves were ultimately the side to take the lead.

With 40 minutes on the clock, skipper John Guthrie popped a delightful ball over the top, which was latched onto by the on-rushing Aiden Clocherty, who tucked the ball past the keeper with aplomb.

The 19-year-old's first goal for the club, the full-back turn winger was justly praised by his delighted team-mates.

In the second half, the Braves came the closer of the two teams to scoring once again, however one goal proved plenty, to take us to our fourth consecutive victory.

The Braves defence once again deserve credit for their rearguard action, after recording back-to-back clean sheets after Saturday's victory over East Stirlingshire!

Man of the Match - Aiden Clocherty


Cowdenbeath v Caledonian Braves (21/10) - Highlights

The Caley Braves fought back from two goals down at Central Park, to grab an invaluable point, from the face of defeat.

Cowdenbeath came to the stronger start and dominated large spells of possession in the first half.

Despite coming into the game on the back of four straight wins, the Braves failed to get going, but almost took the lead when Ross McNeil struck the woodwork with 40 minutes on the clock.

However, the Blue Brazil took the lead on the cusp of half-time, when Jamie Docherty smashed a penalty past Bernie White, after Daniel Martins was adjudged to have fouled in the box.

A second goal would quickly follow after the interval, when former Braves man Zac Butterworth sent a dangerous cross towards the back post, which was touched into the back of the net by Martins, who was unfortunate in his attempted clearance.

The Braves could've been down and out at this point, however showed incredible character to rally and stay in the game.

Half-time sub Greig Stewart would be the man to get us back into the game, after striking a powerful shot from the edge of the box, into the bottom corner.

A superb effort to open the midfielders account for the season!

The Braves continued to push at this point and fellow half-time sub Cammy Breadner was unlucky to see a powerful effort strike the crossbar, after making a mazy run into the box.

However, the pressure would pay off for Ricky Waddell's men, when Jack McDowall rifled a header home from a corner, with 85 minute on the clock.

This would be the final action of the game, as the Braves returned home with a superb point, to take their unbeaten run to five!


Man of the Match - Jack McDowall

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