Undefeated in three, following on from our commanding victory over Gretna 2008 on Tuesday night, we’ll be back at Alliance Park for the second fixture of our four-game home streak.
This weekend’s opposition will be Bo’ness United, who have enjoyed a strong start to the season, sitting in 6th place in the division. However, after a dominant four goal victory in the week – to back up a pair of strong draws – the Braves will enter this game in full confidence of getting a result, before a hiatus from league duty, over the coming two weeks.
Revenge will be on the cards for the Braves, who heartbreakingly lost in the 90th minute in our last two meetings with Bo’ness - but with our recent form, we’re backing the boys onto three points this weekend!
As mentioned prior, Bo’ness will come into the game after enjoying a great start to the season, despite a wobble in recent weeks. The B.U.’s began their campaign in scintillating fashion, winning all five of their opening games, before losing their last three in the league, culminating in a 2-0 loss away to Civil Service Strollers last weekend.
Last season, Bo’ness finished in 9th position in the Lowland League, just one place and three points above the Caley Braves. Already possessing a strong squad, Bo’ness made some strong signings this summer, including attackers Fin Malcom and Louis Kennedy, from Falkirk and Civil Service respectively, who will be sure to test the Braves backline.
Throughout the 2022/23 season, these two teams met on four occasions, with all meetings being true battles, despite Bo’ness claiming victory on three of these occasions. Our first meeting was at Alliance Park on game-day three, where our opposition came out as 0-2 victors.
Our second meeting was a true seven goal thriller in the South Challenge Cup, which saw the Braves advance by a margin of 4 goals to 3. On the day, the goals came from Ross McNeil, Luke Main, Jamie Watson and Marc Kelly, who smashed home the winner in extra time, after a spectacle at Alliance Park.
Unfortunately, this was our sole victory against Bo’ness last season, who won the reverse league game 3-2 at Newtown Park with a Lewis McArthur 90th minute winner, despite goals from Jamie Watson and Marc Kelly.
Heartbreak would once again strike for the Braves in May, when we suffered a 1-2 loss in the Lowland League Cup. Jamie Watson once again scored on the day, to level the scores in the 35th minute. The Braves went onto dominate the second half, only to concede a sickening 90th minute goal once again, to lose a game that they dominated on the day.
Despite these results, all these games were true battles, and we hope to see another competitive affair this weekend, with the Braves coming out on top on this occasion!
Ricky Waddell is expected to have a full squad available to select from this weekend, for the first time this season. Long term absentee Enzo Wright has been out with a hamstring injury since early pre-season but has continued to ramp up preparations in recent weeks and is expected to phase his return to the first team soon!
Our Last Outing
We come into the game on the back of a superb victory over Gretna during the week. Our goal-scorers on the night were Jack McDowall, Jamie Watson, Ross McNeil and Cammy Breadner, but it could’ve been more than the four we got on the night!
Match report here.
Video of Interest!
On Tuesday night, YouTuber Blair McNally was in attendance at Alliance Park to make a feature on the club. He interviewed a number of familiar faces and took us inside a Caley Braves matchday. If you're yet to see it, make sure you check it out at the link here.
This weekend’s game will be a Saturday 3pm kick-off at Alliance Park. Tickets can be purchased on the gate, for £5/£3/Free, and refreshments will be on sale at the ground.
Live updates will be provided on our official app and social media platforms, alongside live commentary on X/Twitter Spaces!
Come on you Braves!