Broxburn leave Musselburgh with the spoils

Musselburgh's Mike Hunter (6) beats Broxburn's Mike Gibson to score Musselburgh's only goal.  Picture: Malcolm McCurrach
Musselburgh's Mike Hunter (6) beats Broxburn's Mike Gibson to score Musselburgh's only goal. Picture: Malcolm McCurrach
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Broxburn kept up their momentum with a solid away win at Musselburgh thanks to a couple of first-half goals from Alan Mooney and David Morrison before fighting a rearguard action.

It was all Musselburgh in the opening ten minutes until they conceded a free kick out wide left near the corner flag. Mooney stepped up and curled an effort which took a slight deflection on its way into the corner of the net. Musselburgh were stunned and worse was to follow for the home side only a couple of minutes later.

From a short corner the ball was played into the feet of dangerman Scott Pittman, who released David Morrison and he fired it home for a goal which knocked the stuffing from the home side. Musselburgh tried hard to get a foothold on the game, but a resolute, firm Broxburn defence held them comfortably at bay.

Broxburn Boss Steve Pittman said: “It’s a difficult place to come and get a result so to take all three points is pleasing. The goals gave us a lot of confidence to believe we could do it.”

The second half started much the same as the first, with Musselburgh forcing the game to the visitors. Striker Paul Harvey hustled the centre backs without any real success.

Musselburgh had chances, especially at dead-ball situations, but again they failed to capitalise on their possession. Any time they managed to find a way through they had the giant Steve Maley in goal to beat and he was solid in more ways than one.

In the 77th minute they finally managed a breakthrough, with a super goal from Mike Hunter. The ball was played into his feet with his back to goal some 15 yards out. He turned his marker with a superb twist giving him just enough time and space to drive the ball well out of the reach of Maley’s hands and into the net – a super strike from a player at the top of his game.

Broxburn were then on the back foot again, but held firm. Their central defence pairing of Stuart Cairns and Mooney were outstanding as Musselburgh piled the pressure on. Both sides used their substitutes to instil some freshness to the side, but, try as they might, Musselburgh couldn’t find a second goal to grab a share of the points.

Musselburgh became increasingly desperate to take something from the game in which they felt they dominated, but in the end Broxburn held out for a super win and another three points nearer their goal this season.

The former Hearts and Raith Rovers manger John McGlynn was standing in for his nephew, Musselburgh manager Davy, and he was disappointed with the result.

“It’s important to win your home games,” he said.

“We started the game well and looked like dominating. Then we lost a free kick, which took a deflection, and they were in front.

“They then hit us with a second goal and you find yourself two down after a reasonable start to the game. After that there wasn’t much between the teams. We then scored a good goal and if we had someone in the area when their keeper saved well, we could have had a share of the points.

“Overall there wasn’t a lot between us, but you want to win your home games and keep the supporters behind you. I’m helping David and keeping my hand in at managing because obviously I’d like to get a job back in the seniors.”

Musselburgh: Adams, McKenna, Murray, Moffat, Hamilton, Hunter, Myles (McFadden), Thomson (Lawder), Harvey, King, Martin. Subs: Christie, Moyes, Cornet.

Broxburn: Maley, Roycroft, Gibson, Cairns, Mooney, Manson, Keast (Young), Morrison, Cowan (Weir), Pittman, Locke. Subs: McGurk, Miller, Fairbairn.