East of Scotland Premier League – Saturday 8th October 2022
Hill of Beath Hawthorn 6 Allum 42, Connelly 46, Millar OG 49, Payne 74 & 79, Kellichan 85
Blackburn United 1 Millar 90+2
The home side opened strongly with Jakub Welna pulling off a good save to deny Ross Allum and tipping over an effort from Calum Adamson. Burnie had their chances with a Scott Richards header from a Hutton free kick being blocked by Stuart Hall and scrambled away, before Richards again had an effort which this time Hall gathered. Ryan Connelly then had an effort blocked by Welna, and up the other end Hutton fired just over. With three minutes remaining in the half, the home side opened the scoring when a cross into the box evaded everyone except Ross Allum who stabbed in at the back post. Hutton was then set free with the last attack of the half but Smith blocked his effort.
The second half started disastrously when straight from the kick-off a Lyle Kellichan cross in the box was met by Ryan Connelly in acres of space to head beyond Welna. Three minutes later another cross into the box was diverted beyond Welna by Marcus Millar.
It was largely one-way traffic and sub Lewis Payne grabber a quick fire double with a quarter of the game left before Lyle Kellichan scored another from a corner with five minutes remaining. There was still time for Marcus Millar to make amends for his OG by stabbing the ball into the net from close range. A second half to forget.
Hill of Beath Hawthorn: Stuart Hall, Shaun Leishman, Lyle Kellichan, Mark Forbes, Michael Watt, John Galloway, Calum Anderson (Lewis Payne 60), Michael Fleming, Ryan Connelly (Arran Dair 70), Ross Allum (Jordan Tosh 70), Brandon Luke (Ross Maclachlan 75). Unused subs: Dillon Fotheringham, Logan Halliday, James Donaldson.
Blackburn United: Jakub Welna, Dominic Kane, Adam Forrest, James Mildren, Marcus Millar, Daryl Meikle, Calum Heath (Laurie Devine 57), David Howe (Joe Osborne 57), Danny Campbell (Michael Gould 57), Scott Richards (Sam Thomas 69), Richard Hutton (Sam Nicolson 57). Unused subs: John Binnie, Craig Saunders.
Referee: Kenny Brown Assistants: Elis Walls, Andrew Lawrence
Blackburn United 6 Hutton 2, 19, 48, Richards 30, Heath 52, Gould 76
Value of Leithen 0
Richie Hutton bagged a hat-trick as Blackburn United sealed an emphatic 6-0 home win over Vale of Leithen.
The East of Scotland Premier Division basement boys arrived in West Lothian off the back of picking up their first league win of the campaign but an assured performance from the Burnie swept away any hopes of a second straight triumph.
The home side were firmly in the driving seat within two minutes as Hutton produced a moment of magic.
The winger robbed Gary Tickle of possession on the halfway line before charging down the flank, cutting inside on the edge of the box and effortlessly stroking the ball beyond Lewis Sanderson for the opener.
He doubled his account, and Blackburn’s lead, on 19 minutes when he was the quickest to react to Calum Heath’s curling effort clattering back off the post as he stabbed home the rebound.
It would be 3-0 on the half-hour mark as a David Howe corner was met by Scott Richards with his strike nestling into the back of the net after bouncing off the far post.
Calum Heath was then sent clear but Sanderson done well to block his shot, and he did likewise with a Devine effort just before the break.
A quick-fire double at the start of the second-half put any hopes of a Vale comeback to bed. Hutton completed his hat-trick on 48 minutes as he was sent clear and slammed the ball beyond Sanderson who, despite conceding six, had an impressive game for Vale.
The fifth arrived moments later when skipper Marcus Millar headed a Vale goal-kick back towards goal with Heath able to benefit as he got in behind the defence to fire into the net.
The final goal arrived 14 minutes from time as Luke Meikle’s ball across goal was tapped home by Michael Gould to complete the rout. There was still time for Laurie Devine to chip Sanderson but see his goal bound shot cleared off the line.
Blackburn United: Jakub Welna, Dominic Kane, James Mildren, David Wilson, Marcus Millar, Daryl Meikle, Calum Heath (Michael Gould 60), David Howe (Joe Osborne 68), Danny Campbell (Luke Meikle 60), Scott Richards (Laurie Devine 35), Richie Hutton (Same Thomas 60). Unused subs: Adam Forrest, Craig Saunders.
Vale of Leithen: Lewis Sanderson, Liam Smith, Connor Dyet, Gary Tickle, Conor Barclay, Archie Roue (Dylan Weldon 45), James Pringle, Andrew McNeill, Lewis Grahame (Dean Apichella 60), Kyle Mitchell, Mark Deya. Unused subs: Daniel Deya, Thomas Penker
Referee: Chris Gentles Assistant: Richard Kay, Ben Lawton.
East of Scotland Premier League – Saturday 3rd September 2022
Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale 1 Wilson-Need 82
Blackburn United 5 Millar 7, Campbell 19, Howe 66, Heath 84,
Burnie opened the scoring with only seven minutes on the clock when Marcus Millar headed home from a corner. The lead was doubled not long after when Richie Hutton was fouled on the edge of the box and Danny Campbell stepped up to curl the ball round the wall and past the despairing dive of Ben Galloway into the corner of the net.
A minute later the homesters created their first chance and only a diving Craig Saunders at full stretch managed to touch a Sean Wringe shot round the post. Ben Viola then fired a shot just over as Vale tried to get a foothold back into the match.
However it was Burnie who nearly went into half time further ahead when a break by Laurie Devine on the right saw him in the clear, he crossed the ball into Daryl Meikle but his first time shot was blocked by Galloway.
The second half saw Burnie in command and the third came twenty minutes after the restart when Michael Gould broke into the box on the left and then cut it back to David Howe who beat Galloway at his near post. Marcus Millar nearly got his second of the game when his header cannoned back off a post.
Vale got one back with eight minutes remaining when Logan Wilson-Need gathered the ball on the edge ot the box, turned and fired a low drive past Saunders. However two minutes later any thought of a comeback were extinguished when Luke Meikle got on the end of a goal kick and slid in Callum Heath who guided the ball past Galloway.
Deep into injury time it was Scott Richards who took advantage of a Ben Galloway fumble when trying to gather from a long Saunders kick and notched the fifth.
Lothian Thistle Hutchison-Vale: Ben Galloway, Dylan Moore, Liam O’Donnell (Danny Chisholm 46), Mason Renton (Fletcher Patterson 46), Kyle Scott, Sean Wringe (Joe Murray 47), Marc Malloy, Scott-Taylor McKenzie, Keiran Millar, Ben Viola (Logan Wilson-Need 71), Thomas Prior (Ryan Findlay 71). Unused subs: Fraser Ogilvie, Patryk Jelen.
Blackburn United: Craig Saunders, James Mildren, Adam Forrest (Sam Thomas 88), John Binnie, Marcus Millar, Dominic Kane, Laurie Devine (Callum Heath 77), Daryl Meikle, Danny Campbell (Michael Gould 63), David Howe (Scott Richards 77), Richie Hutton (Luke Meikle 63). Unused subs: Kieran Sweeney, Gavin King.
Referee: Brent Falconer Assistants: Callum Donald, George Mathison
East of Scotland Premier League – Saturday 13th August 2022
Blackburn United 1 Richards 29
Dundonald Bluebell 3 Lumsden 32 & 72, McKenzie 56
Despite the hot temperatures of over 25c at kick-off, the game kicked-off at a frantic pace and after only a couple of minutes Laurie Devine saw a short turned round the post by Ben Swinton in the Bluebell goal. Moments later from a free-kick, Barry Sibanda just failed to connect with the goal gaping.
With ten minutes gone a long cross to the back post was headed back across goal by Lewis McKenzie but Regan Lumsden’s header was straight at Saunders.
Three minutes later Burnie almost took the lead when good work by Devine and Luke Meikle saw Dominic Kane played in on the right side of the box and his cross was met by Scott Richards who headed downwards and beyond Swinton but bounced up and off the bar. Saunders at the other end clawed away a header which had looked goal bound, then Richards again had an attempt which went wide. That was all in the first 16 minutes.
The opening goal came just on the half house mark when from a throw-in the ball was shifted to Scott Richards on the edge of the box and his low shot found the corner of the net. The lead only lasted three minutes however when Regan Lumsden’s cross/shot from 20 yards appeared to catch Richie Hutton’s boot and fly right into the far corner of Saunders net.
The second half started a little quieter and the first real chance resulted in the visitors taking the lead when a cross into the box created a whole load of confusion via deflections and the ball hitting a post and eventually the referee signalled the ball had crossed the line, despite him and his linesman having a less than clear view. The goal being credited to Lewis McKenzie.
Daryl Meikle had a chance at the other end but shot into Swinton’s arms and it was the visitors who increased their lead with 20 minutes left when Lumsden fastened onto a loose bouncing ball inside the area to make it 3-1.
There should have been a chance five minutes later to reduce the leeway when Laurie Devine went on a run and evaded a couple of challenges before he looked to have been fouled inside the box, but to the surprise of everyone the referee Mr.Gill waved play on. Calum Heath then had an effort fly over and the game petered out.
Blackburn United: Craig Saunders, Richard Hutton, Kyle McClung, David Wilson, Marcus Millar, Dominic Kane, Calum Heath, Daryl Meikle (Keiran Sweeney 89), Laurie Devine, Scott Richards (Joe Osborne 70), Luke Meikle (Sam Thomas 70). Unused Subs: David Howe, Trialist, Gavin King.
Dundonald Bluebell: Ben Swinton, Scott Durie, Aiden Hendry, Gary Cennerazzo, Colin Wilson (Kieran Ritchie 87), Billy Rogerson, Barry Sibanda, Lewis McKenzie (Kieran Dall 80), Daryle Healy (Lewis Black 90), Regan Lumsden, Calum Smith (Adam Mansouri 46). Unused subs: Stuart Walton, Lachlan Murphy, Craig Richardson.
Referee: Stephen Gill Assistants: Steve Ross, Andrew Connelly.