Bo’ness pile on the pressure

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This was Bo’ness United’s final home game of the season and they wanted to go out on a high as they faced up to East Region Super League contenders Hill of Beath.

The BUs were partially successful as they certainly outplayed their opponents and should have won the game handsomely.

Unfortunately one of the failings this season has been converting chances into goals and it was the case again as Bo’ness had to be content with a share of the points.

In saying that, the BUs faced a goalkeeper who was in great form as Stuart Hall made some tremendous saves to keep his side in the game and in the race for the title.

There was only one change from the team which played well at Bonnyrigg the previous Wednesday with Lee Duffy coming in for the suspended Ian Nimmo.

After the early exchanges, Bo’ness took the game to their opponents and Hall got down to make a good save from Watt. Plenderleith also had a go when Watt put him through but his shot went just the wrong side of the Hill of Beath post.

The Bo’ness defence dealt with anything Hill of Beath served up but after half an hour Christie had to look lively to tip a long range shot from Seeley over the bar. From the corner the Bo’ness keeper saved Smith’s low drive from just inside the box.

Five minutes before the break Bo’ness had the best of opportunities when a handball in the Hill of Beath box gave them a penalty. However Watt sent the kick high over the bar.

In 55 minutes Donnelly hit a great swerving volley but Hall pulled off a tremendous save to divert it round the post.

Four minutes later Bo’ness did get themselves in front. A free-kick was awarded just outside the box to the left of the goal and Hamilton send a great right-foot shot into the far top corner of the net.

Hamilton almost got a second but Hall punched his clever lob over. The Hill of Beath keeper got in yet another crucial stop when he got down at his post to save a low volley from Donnelly.

Bo’ness had been well on top but a single goal lead is always precarious.

This proved to be the case when with seven minutes remaining Hill of Beath scored an equaliser. Wright hit a free-kick 22 yards from the middle of the goal and somehow he managed to curl his shot round the wall and past Christie.

It was disappointing for Bo’ness and this was compounded just before the end when Shields was shown a straight red card for a rash challenge on Gemmell.

Saturday sees the BUs make the journey to Carnoustie for their final game of the season.

The result will not affect Bo’ness’s fourth position in the table but it is a big game for the home side which is looking for a result to avoid relegation.

BU man of the match: Chris Donnelly

Bo’ness: Christie, Shields, Bonar, Gibb, Hunter, Duffy, Hamilton, Donnelly, Walker (Hay 72), Watt (Gribben 65), Plenderleith (Stewart 79). Sub (not used): Reilly, Allan.