2 - 2
2 - 2
League (Division One)
1. Evan Williams
2. Les Barr
3. Eric Schaedler
4. Cammy Fraser
5. Bobby Glennie
6. Stewart MacLaren
7. Peter Mackie
8. Ray Stephen
9. Eric Sinclair
10. Andy Geddes
11. Jimmy Murphy
12. Brian Scrimgeour
14. Billy Williamson
Brian Scrimgeour for Bobby Glennie
Billy Williamson for Cammy Fraser
J. R. S. Renton (Cowdenbeath) (Referee)
This match has no report.
|Evan Williams (GK)||-||2||-||2||-|
|Brian Scrimgeour (sub)||-||10||1||14||1|
|Billy Williamson (sub)||-||21||1||101||23|
No league table has been added for this season.
Our successful run in the league ended disappointingly at Somerset Park, Ayr on Saturday when we lost by the only goal of the game. Our first-half display was well short of our best and too often in midfield our men were second to the ball, The sending off of Jim Shirra for a hand ling offence and the injury to Andy Geddes left us a man short and with a recast side.
In the second half our play was much more positive and few would have grudged us a share of the points. There was a controversial incident when a Ray Stephen header from an Eric Sinclair cross hit the underside of the crossbar. Did it bounce over the line? Our players claimed it did but we got nothing for it.
Our last home game of 1980 against Hibs was very pleasing from three aspects -the enthusiasm and fire shown by the players; getting both points from the game which was essential to us; it was our best league gate of the season, so far.
These were two very hard earned points and some of our players came out of the game a little worse for wear but when you play the top team in any league it will always be a hard game. After the dust has settled and one looks back on that game I think the 1-0 result was fair although Hibs may dispute this point. For the first 25 minutes I think we played some of the best football we have played for a long time.
Possibly the knock to Bobby Geddes made us a bit over-anxious. This hap pens sometimes When our players tried to protect their injured goalkeeper this allowed Hibs more freedom in the mid field. This is something we have talked about for the past couple of weeks and we hope we have put it right for the visit of St. Johnstone today.
Saints are having their best spell for a long time and full credit must be given to Manager Alex Rennie and his players. We are looking for a bit of revenge to-day because Saints took two points from us at Muirton at the beginning of the season. Their away results at present are slightly better than their results at home. I am anticipating a very difficult game this afternoon.
Many people said the result in the Hibs game would make the First Division a two horse race but I doubted this and our defeat at Ayr underlined my view. I feel Raith Rovers, St. Johnstone, Ayr United and Motherwell will all be there or their about at the end of this season and I can't foresee the league being until April at the earliest. decided
As this is the start of a new year would like to take the opportunity of thanking our many supporters for their much appreciated loyal support and express the hope that in 1981 we can give you all a year to be proud of and remember.