Rovers go to Town as game beats weather

HIGH BALL: Pittenweem Rovers in action.
HIGH BALL: Pittenweem Rovers in action.

ROVERS travelled to Buckhaven for a league match and, because of the weather, it was the only Saturday amateur game to take place in Fife.

After 15 minutes the home side moved down the left and crossed the ball over which was just missed at the back post by an onrushing player.

As the first half reached its midway point Rovers took the lead.

Neale Smith received the ball in midfield and passed through for Gary Wishart who shot low into the corner from 20 yards.

Despite further good play by Rovers, they couldn’t add to their 1-0 lead before half time.

The second half started with Buckhaven looking to get back on equal terms and the Rovers defence had to be alert to clear a dangerous ball into the box.

Pittenweem almost doubled their lead soon after when a ball over the home defence was collected by Gordon Muir.

He went round the ‘keeper and played the ball towards the goal, but a Buckhaven defender ran back quickly to clear it before it crossed the line.

Buckhaven came very close to equalising when a good move ended with their player collecting the ball in the Rovers half, running forward and producing an excellent chip over the Rovers ‘keeper which just went past the post.

Buckhaven were pushing hard to try and get back in the game, but they were dealt a blow when Rovers broke up the park and Gordon Muir outpaced the defence to go round the ‘keeper and slot the ball home to make it 2-0.

Despite losing a second goal, Buckhaven continued to put the Rovers back four under pressure and they came very close again when they attacked down the left and had a shot from just inside the box that hit the outside of the post.

With around 10 minutes remaining the home side scored the goal that their play deserved when the ball was played into the box and it fell to their player who finished well.

Both sides had chances to score in the last five minutes with Gary Wishart coming close for Rovers, but the game ended with Pittenweem holding out for a hard fought victory.