EAST MEN’S FIRST DIVISION
THE Reivers travelled to Kinross on Saturday looking to avenge a heavy defeat suffered at the end of last season.
Missing a few regulars they still felt they had a squad strong enough to do some damage and bring some points back across the Forth bridge.
The omens didn’t look good, however, as the forementioned bridge was snarled with traffic and the start had to be delayed to allow the Reivers players to arrive, missing out on a proper warm-up.
This seemed to tell in the opening 10 minutes as the Reivers struggled to find their rhythm. Kinross controlled the midfield and the first chance of the game came from neat stickwork in this area, leading to a through-ball to a striker. Fortunately for the Reivers, however, he was robbed of the ball as he tried to take it around the visiting keeper.
The Reivers were coming under increasing pressure . A short corner was awarded against them and a slick move was finished with the ball hitting the backboard.
Before the Reivers could compose themselves, a well-placed aerial ball was played over the top of the defence and ended up in the goal to make it two.
This left the visitors rattled, but they rallied well to regain their composure and find a way back into the match.
This came fairly shortly after, with good work down the right from Callum Stockdale, allowing Stuart Ramsay to drill the ball across for Max Kulow to flick it home just before half-time.
The message was just starting to sink in when Kinross struck again. More good work in midfield led to a break and a good finish from close range.
Midway through the second half Reivers finally managed to come out of their shell, putting the hosts under sustained pressure for the first time in the match.
This led to several chances, Andy Bell and Abdul Rajput both going close. The pressure finally told when Peter Cairns popped up in the circle to send a powerful shot through a myriad of bodies into the corner of the goal.
The Reivers pressed on from here and were dominating as the match entered the dying stages. There was time for two more close shots from Bell and Ramsay before the final whistle sounded.
Overall, it was a very close game which the Reivers will feel they could and should have taken something from.
Captain Jonathon Fletcher was understandably disappointed.
He told TheSouthern: “We felt that we were always in the game and should have taken at least a point, but we will just have to knuckle down and try harder next week.”
Reivers: S. Young, S. Ramsay, B. Montgomerie, P. Conkie, P. Cairns, W. Dixon, A. Bell, J. Fletcher, M. Kulow, J. Ordan, C. Stockdale. Subs: A. Rajput, P. Gibson. Match Sponsor: Magenta Construction. Man of the Match: S.Young.