United bounce back after losing two goals

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BO’NESS United continued their preparations for the new season with a match against West Super League side Pollok Juniors.

This was the BUs’ first game at Newtown Park and the fans were presented with a pre-season mix of established players plus new signings and trialists.

The squad featured 
Jordan Burns who had been training with the BUs in preparation for his US adventure.

The Bo’ness teenager played the last 30 minutes and came close to scoring on a couple of occasions.

There was a familiar face in the Pollok side in the form of Steph Riley who had just moved there from the BUs.

Bo’ness made a great start scoring after only two minutes, Hay firing in from just inside the box.

The home side tried to build on the early success but couldn’t convert the further opportunities 
created in front of goal.

Pollok got themselves back into things putting over some good crosses that their forwards were unable to finish off.

As the half time whistle approached the BUs got forward again and right on the break the trialist centre half headed a Hamilton corner towards goal where Hunter forced the ball over the line.

Bo’ness brought on three substitutes for the start of the second half as the coach wanted to give his players a run out.

This seemed to upset the Bo’ness rhythm and Pollok pushed on looking to get back into the game.

With 30 minutes remaining they pulled a goal back when their trialist forward zipped a low shot into the net. Five minutes later they were equal as the same player converted a penalty awarded for a hand ball in the box against Hunter.

The goals spurred Bo’ness back into action and they regained the lead in 74 minutes.

A Hamilton corner went all the way to the back post where the trialist centre half slid the ball over the line.

Bo’ness scrambled to clear a Pollok corner and at the other end the visiting keeper made a great save to keep out a Morrison effort. There were no more goals and Bo’ness will be happy with what was a decent workout.

John Spowart