WATCH were a greatly-improved side in this league game at Kilsyth astro grass on Saturday, with Station Road again unplayable.
Campsie Black Watch............... 4
St Peters......................... 2
Dispensing with their over-passing game in recent weeks Blackies played a more direct game, but at the same time their strong moving of the ball from back to front was impressive.
Watch went ahead in the 11th minute when a cross from the right from Watt was handled in the box by a Saints defender. The ever-reliable Jamie Darroch put Blackies in front from the spot.
Watch were playing with much more confidence, with midfield players Whiteford and Hutton linking up play in great style.
Saints to their credit were working hard despite the continuous Blackies attacks and were rewarded in the 23rd minute when striker Jones – from his goalkeeper Keane’s long kick out – slipped past Watch defenders to net.
In the 28th minute, from a Hutton pass into the box, Aitken back-heeled the ball into the path of Woodlock who quickly netted.
It was 3-1 after 33 minutes with Watt passing to Whiteford and onto McIlroy. As the wing back raced into the box he was upended – again it was a penalty and Darroch made no mistake from the spot.
For all their good play Watch were punished once more as Saints’ long kick out from keeper Keane was missed by the Watch defenders and Jones beat keeper Darroch to net.
In a game where Watch had more or less total control the scoreline at the interval was disappointing.
Blackies continued their domination after the interval and with McIlroy and Prentice in the wide positions creating problems for the visiting defence it was inevitable that the important goal would come. From a Finlayson free-kick behind the Saints defence McIlroy cleverly lobbed the ball into the net from 15 yards.
Watch players have to continually play this type of game, passing forward through the team as they did earlier in the season.
Watch: M Darroch, G Watt, J Darroch, R Finlayson, G Meechan, G McIlroy, W Whiteford, G Hutton, N Prentice, P Woodlock, S Aitken, M Storey, A Graham, R Kennedy, A Culbard, D Cairney, C Duff, M King.
Watch play top Edinburgh side Hutchison Vale at Station Road on Saturday in the Scottish Cup third round with a 2pm kick off.
Tote numbers for Saturday were 20 and 1. There was no winner, £300 next week.