Fixture: Jim Baxter Memorial v Campsie Boys Club U16
Competition: Cumbernauld & Kilsyth DYL U16 B Division
Venue: Broadwood Stadium
Date: Sunday 22nd November 2015
This weekend seen the clash of 1st versus 2nd in the Cumbernauld & Kilsyth DYL. Campsie BC travelled to face Jim Baxter Memorial with both teams level on points at the top of the table, Campsie just sitting pretty at the top on goal difference. The importance of a victory for both teams was vital as the psychological edge may play a factor towards nitty gritty end to the campaign.
JBM had a debut in the dugout with the addition to their coaching team of Gordon Gray taking his place beside Willie and Rab.
The game kicked off and it was clear to see that JBM were up for the game, and had their eyes on all 3 points. In the first minute of the match, JBM attacked on the left hand side and as the ball was played forward by Mitchell to Dalziel, The latter then won a corner on the far side, and the set piece specialist delivered a pin point ball that found McChesney who headed towards goal. The Campsie keeper initially saved the effort, but Hughes has the desire and hunger to get in there and fire the ball into the back of the net to break the deadlock. This settled any nerves the home side may of had, and from that minute to the last the JBM players showed their dominance and stamped their full authority on this game.
JBM won the ball straight from the kick off and started to rebuild the play. A long ball found winger Dalziel and as he bared down on goals he left the defenders of Campsie in his wake. However, the only way to stop the man in form was to foul him, and the big Campsie defender lucky not to receive a sanction. Dalziel gave himself a shake, regained his composure and placed the ball down as the keeper set up his wall. People talk about your Messi’s and your Ronaldo free kicks, and this was right up there in terms of quality. Dalziel struck the ball with so much power and accuracy it flew past the despairing dive of the Campsie keeper as it rippled the net to double JBM's lead.
JBM didn't give Campsie many chances at all, but the home side were almost dealt a blow as the Campsie number 7 unleashed a fierce shot from fully 30 yards out that smacked the underside of the crossbar and was then cleared to safety.
This shook JBM back into life, and they gave themselves some more breathing space just before the break as they scored goal number 3 of the afternoon. Mitchell drove at the Campsie full back, and as he powered into the box, he rolled the ball across to McChesney as he slotted the ball home from 10 yards out.
Half Time: Jim Baxter Memorial 3-0 Campsie Boys Club
Despite the 3-0 lead, the JBM coaches reminded the players at half time that this match wasn't over yet, so slacking off was not an option. 4 changes at half time for the home side with Malone, Davenport, McSharry and Swan replacing Dalziel, Macrae, Mitchell and Sanderson. Immediately the changes paid dividends for JBM as Malone was fouled in the box, and the referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot. McChesney stepped up and with composure and slotted the ball neatly again past the despairing dive of the Campsie keeper to make it 4-0.
Campsie were reduced to 10 men midway through the second half for letting the referee know exactly what he thought of some of his decisions. JBM took full advantage of this and McSharry, who gave the left back of Campsie a torrid time from the minute he came on, delivered an excellent ball into the box which allowed McChesney to easily slot home for his hat-trick, and to give JBM a comfortable 5-0 lead.
JBM had this game well in control as they Dalziel added a 6th for the home side when he raced onto a poor clearance from the Campsie defender, and finished well into the bottom corner.
The visitors did however manage to grab a consolation goal which was unfortunate for Sanderson in the JBM goal not to get his clean sheet, as he had again proved what a top quality keeper he is with a number of saves in the game. The Campsie number 7 had given JBM a warning in the first half when he smacked the crossbar. This time his effort flew into the top corner. Great strike.
Full Time: Jim Baxter Memorial 6-1 Campsie Boys Club
A stellar performance from Jim Baxter Memorial who now sit 3 points clear at the top of the table, and deservedly so!