Good win despite bad conditions

Despite the weather Bervie u15 got this match under way with the wind at their back and were immediately on the attack,

Jenkins came infield and played the ball to Webster who drove forward looking to slip the ball through to Duggan, however the pass was slightly over hit. Blacklaw had started the match brightly and he played a fine ball down the right to Anderson, however the forward was outmuscled by the defender who cleared the ball to safety.

Despite having the best of the first 15 minutes, Bervie had nothing to show and hadn’t tested the keeper.

The opening goal came when a defender sliced a clearance out for a corner. Blacklaw’s ball in saw Davies attack the ball only for it to be saved, Webster followed up with his effort half cleared only for the ball to be headed back in for Webster rise and head home the opener.

Bervie grew in confidence with this goal and were playing some good football, Blacklaw and Anderson combing down the right before Banchory scrambled the ball clear. Bervie’s next chance started from the back, Gordon striding clear with the ball again and playing it out wide to Avis, his ball up the line found Anderson who held the ball up before slipping in the onrushing Blacklaw who crossed to the back post but Jenkins couldn’t get on the end of it and gave a foul away.

Blacklaw and Gordon were dominating in midfield and defence respectively, both moving the ball well and spreading play.

Duggan did well down the left to beat his man and pulled the ball back to the edge of the box however Anderson failed to connect properly and another chance went by. Again Gordon strode out with the ball well this time finding Anderson on the right, as he did earlier he held the ball up well and slipped the ball to Blacklaw who found Avis, however his cross was blocked.

Banchory started to see a little more of the ball mid way through the half and Avis conceded a freekick around 30 yards out, Banchory opted to play it short however the effort went wide. Bervie tried to push forward again and Blacklaw, McLaughlin and Thomson combined well; the cross was met by Anderson whose close range effort was blocked and cleared for a corner.

Bervie grabbed a second when Webster drove into the box his effort was blocked and fell to Blacklaw who was also blocked but the ball fell to Avis who shot high into the net to give Bervie a two-goal lead.

This was short lived, though. Just before half time, Banchory won a corner, the home side didn’t get organised quickly enough and the ball was played short, Thomson tried to close down hbut was turned, Webster was also unable to prevent the cross along the six-yard box and the ball was stabbed home at close range.

Bervie started the second half clear in the knowledge they needed to up their game if they were going to take all three points. Starting brightly, Blacklaw took Webster’s throw and played it back to him. His cross was half cleared to McLaughlin whose effort was parried wide for a corner.

The resultant corner found Jenkins on the edge of the box but his effort was saved.

Banchory were trying to get forward but Gordon was having a fine game at the back and was reading nearly every ball, intercepting them and starting attacks with intelligent balls out of defence.

McLaughlin was seeing more of the ball in the second half and was showing more hunger than he did in the first, doing well to close down a defender and earn a throw. Webster found McLaughlin from the throw and his turn and effort was saved.

Gordon did well to intercept another ball, finding Thomson whose kick found Anderson but his first-time effort was well saved.

Banchory tried another long ball forward and once again Gordon intercepted, this time beating his man to stride forward and play in Avis, he found Anderson who drove forward feeding Avis again but his ball across the box found Blacklaw whose effort was saved.

Bervie grabbed the all-important next goal when, again, Gordon made a great interception. He played the ball forward to Anderson who passed a well-weighted first timer to McLaughlin, allowing him to run onto it - holding off the defender - to calmly slot the ball home.

Bervie were again dominating and Anderson once again received the ball from a throw, fed McLaughlin who slipped it out to substitute Sawyer, but his touch let him down and the chance went.

McLaughlin was now starting to look far livelier and was unfortunate to have a foul given against him when making a great challenge to win the ball back in the corner. Although not having much to do in the game, Leisk remained alert and communicated well with Gordon to take control and smother another long ball forward from Banchory. Bervie sealed the game and grabbed a fourth when Blacklaw received a throw on the left and turned, losing his man and hit a majestic half volley goal ward which the keeper could only parry.

Although not at their best the home side were driven on by strong performances from Gordon and Blacklaw and it was a good win for Bervie in difficult conditions, seeing them go into the Christmas break well positioned in the league with two games in hand.

T. Leisk, M. Davies, K. Webster, K.Gordon (Cpt), D.Avis, C. Thomson, D. Blacklaw, J. McLaughlin, M. Jenkins,H. Anderson, B. Duggan

Subs: E. Boyd, A. Wood, S. Smith, L. Sawyer, M. Morris,

Bervie Caley 4 – Banchory BC Lions 1