Saints suffer further pain over the Forth

Saints block a Fauldhouse attack.
Saints block a Fauldhouse attack.
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Fauldhouse........................2

St Andrews United............0

St Andrews United have a poor record when it comes to games across the Forth Bridge and Saturday’s encounter complied perfectly with its stereotype.

Saints boss Phil McGuire restored Duncan Bruce, Aaron Whitehead, Danny Dobie, Sam Buchan and Ryan McInnes to the starting lineup after being rested for the game against Livingston United.

Saints were given an early chance to put the home side under pressure when Robbie Holden was pulled down on the left, but the free kick drifted over everybody in the box and out for a throw in.

Fauldhouse took the lead on 14 minutes when Williams played a ball down the left to Donnelly.

Duncan Bruce came out but was undone by a cruel bounce and brought the striker down.

The referee pointed straight to the spot and booked the Saints keeper.

Michael Browne stepped up, sent Bruce the wrong way and put the home side in front.

Saints were being restricted to shots from distance and struggled to keep them on target.

Fauldhouse had two shots blocked in the six yard box on 27 minutes although it looked like the ball had been handled in the build up.

They extended their lead on 31 minutes when Deans escaped on the right, whipped the ball across the box and Brian Ross smashed the ball home from the edge of the six yard box.

United reshaped their midfield at half time with Buchan swapping sides, McInnes moving to the right and Holden partnering Sibanda up front.

However, it was the Fauldhouse who looked more like extending their lead as Wilkins fired in to the side netting on 48 minutes.

Jamie Mackie forced Murphy in to a fine save from a free kick on 50 minutes in a rare United attack.

Wilikins was heavily involved for Fauldhouse and forced Bruce in to a great save on the hour.

It was then Fallon’s turn to force a great save from Bruce.