Match Day 20 | Gretna 2008 vs BRFC

Match Preview / Team News

The Dream Team are back in action with a trip to Gretna 2008. This will be the third meeting between the two this season, but the first on the hosts new surface.

The team have been out of competitive action for two weeks, with a free weekend followed by a postponement last weekend at Hill of Beath.

Boss, Stuart Malcolm, welcomes Andy McNeil and Alex Harris back to the match day squad. New loan signing Michael Travis, who joined on a short term loan from Forfar  is available for selection and could make his Gers’ debut.

Lewis Barr is still to return to training. following his fractured knee, STM is still recovering from a broken arm and John Ward picked up a ligament injury in training at Shielfield Park in the competitive action break, and as such will not feature. Calum Smith will also miss out this on personal grounds.

If you want to wet your appetite for the game ahead, you can rewatch this years Scottish Cup tie between the two here.

Gretna 2008 vs BRFC

Line up: McNeil, Travis, Ferguson, Scobbie, Pyper, Sinclair, Nelson, Denholm, Allen, Stewart, Taylor.

Substitutes: Swinton, Dow, Heeps, Harris, McGrath, Baker

The Gers’ applied pressure right from the outset. Gretna got the game under way but were straight on the back foot. This early pressure came to fruition in an early goal for Grant Nelson.

A ball out wide to the ever reliable Taylor, seen him take it down and drive to wards 18 yard line before hanging a ball up at the back post for nelson to head for goal. His header hit post and then rebounded off the goal keeper, into the net. The early dominance paid off. 0-1.

Not too long after, following another dominant phase of play, Taylor this time with a long ball out wide found Sean Stewart, who once taking the ball down drove forward. He had his defender on the back foot and twisting and turning before rifling the ball into the top corner from 25 yards, a super strike and content for goal of the season (although Sean may just be competing for top place against himself, following a splendid overhead kick he scored against VOL a month or two ago).

The game was really over later in second half when Taylor, twice provider, turned things around and got himself on the score sheet with a deflected effort to wrap things up before half time.

The second half was a less intense affair but the hosts rarely threatened and never truly tested Gers’ keeper Andy McNeil.

The dream team are back on hallowed turf next week and we hope to see you there.

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