Bervie Caley 1
Bervie made the long trip to Bishopbriggs to face Rossvale in this fourth round Scottish Cup tie and, following the previous week’s disappointing result against Paul Lawrie, there was a team reshuffle.
Bervie welcomed Davies back from a spell out injured, Thomson slotted into left back and Webster moved up into the middle of the pitch.
Bervie started confidently with Gordon marshalling the defence well and making an early interception, his ball out found Webster who fed Anderson, his through-ball found McLaughlin who won a throw down the right hand side.
Bervie were holding their own in the early stages against a physically strong Rossvale side, however it was Leisk who had to make the first save, getting down well to his left to save an effort from the edge of the box.
Gradually, Rossvale started to take more control of the game with Bervie unable to get the ball up to Duggan with any real quality. The home side had another chance when a long ball forward found the dangerous number 11, however Gordon and Smith did well to close him down resulting in him firing well wide.
Bervie did well to force a corner with Webster, Anderson and Davies putting together a series of short passes resulting in Webster winning a corner, however it typified the first half when the corner was immediately cleared catching Bervie short at the back needing Gordon to put in a fantastic challenge to break the play up.
Blacklaw and McLaughlin combined well down the right with McLaughlin’s cross finding Webster whose effort was saved. Leisk again had to be alert when a Rossvale freekick was deflected.
Bervie won a freekick when Duggan was blocked off; Blacklaw lined up the ball from 25 yards out and struck a lovely free kick round the wall into the top corner to give Bervie the lead slightly against the run of play.
Despite the instructions from the side-lines to keep things tight Bervie almost let the home side back in, a corner finding a man unmarked at the backpost however his header hit the bar and went over. Nevertheless it wasn’t long before the score was level, a throw-in down the left wasn’t cleared properly allowing the home side’s dangerous number 11 to get an effort in which took a wicked deflection over Leisk into the corner to level the match shortly before half time.
Bervie were caught cold from the restart with Davies caught in possession by the home side’s dangerous number 11, his through-ball findng another forward, however his effort went wide.
After this early scare, Bervie settled back into the match and were posing more of a threat with Gordon winning another aerial challenge and finding Blacklaw who played Anderson in who, in turn, won a throw down the left. Taking the throw quickly, Bervie won the first corner of the second half, but despite posing more of a threat it was Rossvale who took the lead when a mix up at the back allowed Rossvale’s dangerman in to slot calmly past the helpless Leisk.
McLaughlin and Blacklaw were doing their best to get Bervie back into the match, with both trying their luck from distance, however neither able to test the keeper. Bervie did threaten when the ball broke to Avis on the right hand side of the box, his effort was heading wide when it deflected back off the defender but was moving too quickly for Blacklaw to control and the keeper smothered the ball.
With Bervie changing shape and pushing further up the pitch in search of an equaliser, it was the home team who scored the important next goal, Rossvale’s wide man cutting inside the full back and finding the space to fire home from the edge of the box sealing the game.
Having progressed to the last 32 in the Scottish Cup, the team should be proud of themselves and take the positives into the rest of their season.
Bervie - T.Lesik, S. Smith, K.Gordon (Cpt), M. Davies, C. Thomson, D.Avis, K. Webster, D. Blacklaw, J. McLaughlin, B. Duggan, H. Anderson
Subs: J. Karpinski, A. Wood, L. Sawyer, M. Jenkins, M. Morris