BLACK Watch players found out the difference between pre-season games and competition in the West of Scotland League as this game proved at Merkland astro grass on Saturday.
Campsie Black Watch................... 2
Steins Thistle........................ 1
The Steins Thistle players made Watch work so hard over 90 minutes that at many times during the game Blackies might have dropped points.
There was a brilliant opportunity for Watch to go ahead in the first minute when from a Prentice cross Aitkin put the ball past the post from five yards.
Steins never allowed the home side to settle and their work ethic saw a disjointed Campsie side find it hard to get any rhythm in their play. Blackshaw and Chapman made life difficult for the Blackies defence.
Watch went ahead in the 38th minute. A long ball down the right saw Willie Whiteford run clear of Steins defence and his cross slipped out of the grasp of keeper Henry to finish up in the net. On chances Watch deserved to be in the lead, but in general play they struggled.
Steins equalised in the 52nd minute after clever play on the right. When the ball came across the goal Binnie was there to net.
The all-important winner came in the 65th minute. Just one minute earlier a Culbard shot hit the bar and eventually the ball broke to Cairney.
As the striker stepped past the defender he was pulled down for a penalty kick. From the spot Jamie Darroch gave keeper Henry no chance.
Before the end Watch had to work really hard to take the points.
Watch: M Storey, G Watt, R Kennedy, J Darroch, G Meechan, N Prentice, W Whiteford, P O’Connor, C Duff, D Cairney, A Culbard, C McIlroy, S Davis.
On Monday last week, Watch beat an American University team 5-0 at Stirling University. The scorers were D Cairney (2), S Aitkin, W Whiteford, C Duff.
On Saturday Watch play Busby in a league game at Station Road with a 2pm kick off. The Tote numbers for Saturday were 5 and 3. There was one winner who receives £150.
Meanwhile, Black Watch under-19s played a pre-season friendly against Campsie Boys Club’s under-21s at the Celtic Training Centre – winning 9-0. The match was a good opening test for the young Blackies, who came through it with flying colours, particularly as striker Haddow had to be replaced after only 10 minutes due to a bad rib injury.
This galvanised the young Watch side, given the fact there were no more substitutes due to players still being on holiday. Everyone put in an excellent performance. Striker Kerr in particular stole the show with five great goals. Strike partner McLaughlin scored a great hat-trick on the night, with midfielder Docherty scoring the other goal.