Bo’ness stand-in coach Stevie Kerrigan got the response he was looking for as his team bounced back from last week’s defeat at Lochee to beat Tayport 3-0.
With manager Alan McGonigal on holiday in the United States, Kerrigan led United to a win that put them back on top of the McBookie.com Super League.
Kerrigan said: “I asked the players for a response and they proved they were up for a fight. We got off to a great start and never let them into the game.”
That blistering start brought goals in the sixth and 12th minutes.
The first arrived when Andy Scott drilled a low cross from the right into the feet of Steve Hislop to side-foot home. Six minutes later, Bo’ness doubled their lead with a Darren Gribben special. Scott again rolled the ball to Hislop, who dummied to allow the ball to run to Gribben, who turned inside onto his favoured left foot before sending a low drive into the far corner of the net.
Bo’ness started the second half kicking with the strong wind but the visitors had several chances to reduce the deficit.
As opportunities were passed up, Bo’ness needed another goal to kill the game off but couldn’t find a way through until the 82nd minute with the award of a penalty.
At a corner kick, Gribben was pushed over by goalkeeper Sam Morris, the referee having no hesitation in awarding a spot-kick which Gribben converted easily.
Bo’ness United: Peat, Snowdon, Devine, Campbell, Murphy, Nimmo, Miller, R Scott, Hislop, Gribben, Sloan. Subs: Gibb, C Scott, Anderson, Donnelly, Wallace.
Tayport: Morris, Thomson, Tonner, Donaldson, Lawson, McPhee, Rollo, Suttie, Adam, Allen, Connelly. Subs: Donnachie, Grant, Logie, Mollinson, Robertson.