Bo’ness united’s new signing Scott Pittman dazzled on his home debut with a double as the BUs thumped Sauchie 7-0.
The attacking midfielder, who signed from Broxburn Athletic in the summer, played a starring role in the Super League champions’ first win of the league campaign, chipping in with two goals and in the process earning himself the award of man of the match.
And Pittman, son of former United States internationalist Steve, could even have had a hat-trick after Bo’ness were awarded a penalty late on, but defender Will Snowdon had been placed on spot kicks before kick-off.
“I was going to take it, but the manager said before the match that Will was on the penalties – but I would’ve taken it,” said Pittman. “I couldn’t have asked for a better start here.
“I’ve enjoyed it my time here so far. I knew most of the boys through the Scottish internationals and they’ve helped me settle in well. Hopefully we can retain the league and add a few cups to it this year.”
Bo’ness boss Allan McGonigal had spoken of his desire to bring in a striker ahead of the Super League champions’ first home game of the season last midweek, but on this evidence, the BUs are capable of scoring goals from all over the park.
Pittman got the ball rolling for the hosts after just six minutes when he exchanged a one-two with Chris Donnelly on the edge of the box before placing a pinpoint-shot past Sauchie goalkeeper Darren Dolan into his bottom left corner for his first goal in blue-and-white.
Fellow new signing Willie McLaren then almost came close to opening his account for the hosts, with Pittman having laid the ball to him on a plate, but the former Irvine Meadow midfielder sent his first-time volley just over the bar from the edge of the box.
Sauchie responded and striker Darren Cummings came close with free-kick effort from long-range which came close to troubling goalkeeper Mark Peat.
Pittman made it two for Bo’ness on the half-hour mark. Left-winger Darren Gribben’s ball got caught in the air, but his team-mate was the beneficiary after Sauchie defender John Tully misjudged it’s flight, the ball landing at his feet and he placed the ball past Dolan.
The real damage was to continue after the break, however, with the home side firing a further five past Dolan without reply.
Five minutes after the interval and it was three. Snowdon’s cross found its way straight to a Sauchie defender, but under pressure from Gribben he failed to clear and last season’s top goalscorer for the BUs headed into the net.
The goals were breeding confidence throughout the Bo’ness ranks with the BUs well in ascendancy, and it wasn’t long before McLaren made it four when he latched onto a through ball from Stuart Hunter before firing low under Dolan for his first goal.
Sauchie came close to pulling one back on 60 minutes, when Peat, who so far spent the second-half largely as a spectator, was beaten by Ian Syme’s shot, but the ball came back off the inside of the post.
While the visitors were finding luck hard to come by in front of goal, Bo’ness looked like scoring from every attack; such was their potency in the opposition penalty area.
And it was five on 72 minutes, McLaren getting his second of the match when he looped a header over Dolan.
Sauchie looked toothless. Unable to weather the Bo’ness storm, they looked like they were about to capitulate at any moment. Substitute Kieran Anderson inflicted further damage. A long ball looked have evaded the little winger, but he showed great determination to continue to chase as the ball looked to be gathered by keeper Dolan. Dolan however, fumbled at his feet, and Anderson simply rounded the stranded goalie before sliding the ball into the empty net.
Snowdon then added a late penalty before referee Evan Cairns put sorry Sauchie out of their misery.
Bo’ness United: Peat, Devine, Hunter, Campbell, Snowdon, C.Scott (Murphy), Philp (Sloan), McLaren, Pittman, Donnelly (Anderson), Gribben.
Sauchie: D.Dolan, Ashe, Syme, King, Tully, Mitchell (Bonnes), McCulloch (Martin), Morrison, Love (S Dolan), Cummings, Morgan.