Musselburgh Athletic lost at home 1-0 in this game of few clear-cut chances as it became clear that only a mistake in the heart of either defence would lead to a breakthrough – and luckily for Hill Of Beath it was the Olive Bank side who dropped the clanger early in the second half.
Musselburgh boss Davy McGlynn was a gutted man afterwards. “It was a mistake by Ally Adams our keeper but, to be fair, we huffed and puffed without creating anything of value.
“The ball was going wide but Ally though he should cover it and it bounced back off his chest, out wide to their striker and he did the rest.”
Musselburgh started the game looking to consolidate their strong start to the season and close the gap on the sides above them in the table. Hill Of Beath on the other hand were in Musselburgh to leapfrog them into seventh spot in the table if they could take all three points.
Musselburgh started brightly enough with striker Matthu King still looking for his 100th goal for the club. He snatched at a couple of chances in the opening 15 minutes without finding the net.
Beath were dangerous on the break and Calum Adamson was played in by a super ball but he wasted the chance by sliding the ball wide of the far post.
The first half finished with neither team dominating. Both sides had chances to open their account but neither keeper was seriously called into action.
The second half continued much as the first but then, in the 52nd minute, it was calamity time for Musselburgh keeper Adams as Beath’s winger Darren Wright tried his luck from 30 yards out. The ball was going wide, but Adams dived to his left to cover it. It bounced back of his chest and out wide to Greig Smith who controlled it before driving it across the box to Craig Smart who bundled it over the line from two yards.
Musselburgh sub Andy Sinclair had a great chance to level the game but he pulled out of a challenge from Beath keeper Stuart Hall who was having a good afternoon. As the full time whistle approached Musselburgh threw everything at the visiting defence but found keeper Hall in inspiring form. Time and again he foiled the home strikers to keep his side’s lead intact and as the referee blew for full time it was the Fifers who took the points back over the bridge to the Kingdom.
Musselburgh boss McGlynn added: “They changed their system for this game as they usually play a high backline. There was no atmosphere at the game today, a cold winter’s day that didn’t inspire anyone. t always looked like a mistake would settle the game and it was us who suffered. Ally Adams is holding his hands up and the team are hurting in the dressing-room.
“It was a chance for us to get into the leading pack and we’ve let ourselves and the supporters down. We’ll just have to get on with it next week as it’s a big game in the Scottish [against Deveronside] for us.”
Musselburgh: Adams, Myles (C Thomson), Moffat, Hamilton, Miller, S Thomson, McKenna, Turner, Harvey (Sinclair), King, Martin. Subs: Russell, Christie, Trialist.
Hill Of Beath: Hall, Paterson, Renton, Lee, Dair, C Adamson (R Adamson), Wright, G Smith, B Smith, Smart, Wardlaw. Subs: Adam, Brewster, Allum.