BSC Glasgow saw their unbeaten start to the season come to an end

BSC Glasgow 2 - 4  Civil Service Strollers: Ferrari Packaging Lowland League, 7th October 2017

BSC Glasgow saw their unbeaten start to the season come to an end as they slumped to a 4-2 defeat in their trip to Civil Service Strollers on Saturday.

Goals from Gary Redpath and Martin Grehan weren’t enough to peg back the Edinburgh side in a game that was marred by some contentious refereeing decisions.

BSC dominated the early exchanges as Strollers struggled to cause the defence any trouble going forward. Josh McArthur would’ve been disappointed to see his header fly over after Grehan did well to recycle the ball following a poor Strollers defending from a corner.

The early pressure did eventually pay off as Redpath added to his increasing tally this season with an easy finish from close range. Good work between him, Grehan and Jack Smith caused problems for the Strollers defence before the midfielder fired the Lowland League leaders into the lead.

This appeared to spark the home side into action, somewhat, as they began to up the tempo of their attack. However, BSC’s defence was resolute and solid in the face of this as they looked comfortable in dealing with the pressure.

BSC were unlucky not to be awarded a penalty midway through the half after Grehan was brought down as he rounded the onrushing Stuart Burnside. The referee saw it differently, though, showing the striker a yellow card for simulation.

This let-off for Strollers appeared to be the spark that they so desperately needed, resulting in an equaliser just before half time. After a good period of pressure on the BSC defence, Jack Downie found space on the edge of the box and curled a delightful shot into Ryan Marshall’s top left hand corner.

With the wind in their sails, Strollers came out after the break a very different beast as they began to cause the BSC defence real problems. Matthew Cunningham would have been disappointed to see his shot flash wide after Downie had played him in one-on-one with Marshall.

Despite this early second half pressure, though, BSC were still looked dangerous in attack as Redpath and Smith missed some golden chances to fire the league leaders ahead. The first was only scuppered by some spectacular goalkeeping from Burnside but the second was a glaring miss as Smith shot wide of an open goal having rounded the Strollers keeper.

Strollers were sure to make them pay for these misses after some lax defending from an Andrew Mair corner gave Sean Turnbull the freedom of the six yard box to slot past Marshall. It only got worse for BSC from here after the referee awarded Strollers a penalty for handball against Lloyd Kinnaird despite the right back having his arms down by his side at the point of contact. Downie subsequently sent Marshall the wrong way to make it a brace for him and three for Strollers.

BSC didn’t go down without a fight and minutes after the Strollers’ third, they were handed a lifeline when the referee pointed to the spot for a second time in the game after Grehan was felled again by Burnside. The striker drilled it hard and low to the keeper’s left, giving the Glasgow side a way back into the match.

Strollers ended any hope of a comeback, however, as they made it 4-2 inside the last ten minutes. Substitute Kris Mitchell whipped in a cross which found Steven Froude unmarked at the back post, giving the striker an easy header which he duly dispatched. The Edinburgh side saw it out to record BSC’s first competitive defeat of the season.

It leaves BSC with one win in their last three, hardly ideal preparation for their trip to Buckie Thistle next Saturday in the second round of the William Hill Scottish Cup. With consecutive three and four nil defeats for the home side, though, the Lowland League leaders will be hopeful of making the third round draw in the first in their history.

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