Sauchie battle and scrap for a vital away point
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SUPER SAVE: Bryn Halliwell tips the ball over the bar late on to earn Sauchie a vital point in the 1-1 draw at Bo'Ness last weekend.
Picture: Jan van der Merwe
Bo'ness ............................................... 1
Sauchie .............................................. 1
ANOTHER Saturday, another away game for Sauchie as they travelled to meet second top Bo'ness in this McBookie.com Super league fixture.
This was not a dirty game yet Sauchie had Kenny Feaks, Alan Comrie, Darren Cummings and Adam Bonar booked and Alistair Burns received two yellows and an early bath.
United on the other hand had two players booked both in the last fifteen minutes of the game.
Sauchie had new signing Stuart Love playing up front, with Bonar making the starting eleven for the first time since his return from Australia.
Bo'ness were pushed back from the start with Cummings and Love leading the line well. Feaks kept Grant Plenderleith busy with the flying winger causing problems for the home defence early on.
In seven minutes Cummings moved in from the right going past Stuart Divine and Ryan Kennedy before being turned and then tripped on the edge of the box by Jamie Hay, with Mr Williams well placed to give a penalty kick. Cummings made no mistake from the spot.
The BU's upped their game after this set back with Sauchie defending strongly. Bryn Halliwell was brought into the action when Joe Savage laid the ball back into the path of Craig Donaldson with the keeper diving to stop.
A Stuart Divine free was then headered over the bar by Chris Donnelly. Then superb defending by Burns denied Nicky Walker a shot at goal as the home side continued to turn the screw.
Halliwell again came to the rescue for Sauchie diving to turn over a Stuart Hunter strong header.
Sauchie made a bright start to the second half with Alan Comrie forcing Lucas Birstingl to move to save his 25 yard effort.
The home side returned to attack with Graeme King and Steven Rennie defending strongly at the expense of corners.
Hunter was the target man and in 55 minutes he levelled the scoring with a bullet header from a left wing corner.
It got even hotter around the Sauchie goal. Ryan Kennedy found space at the back post with his volley blocked en route to goal. Ian Nimmo had his quick return blocked with his next drive clipping the crossbar on the way over.
Plenderleith brought Sauchie forward from a deep position and with the Bo'ness defence backing off he released Love who calmly placed the ball towards the opposite corner forcing the keeper to go full stretch to touch over.
Burns received a crunching tackle on the half way line in the 80th minute with no foul given and no booking taking place.
Five minutes later a tame tackle by Burns on Chris Docherty earned the player his second yellow card and Sauchie would finish the game with 10 men.
It was backs to the wall for Sauchie now. Halliwell was in his element making excellent stops and in the final minute somehow turned over a Donnelly attempt as the crowd cheered what they thought was a definite net finder.
Sauchie are away to Broughty Athletic on Saturday in an East of Scotland cup tie. Kick off 1.45pm.
Sauchie: Halliwell, Feaks, Burns, King, Rennie, Purdie, Plenderleith, Comrie, Love, Cummings, Bonar. Subs used -Wilson and Docherty
This article appeared in Alloa & Hillfoots Advertiser 09 Jan 13
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