Strat­hearn side slump after six weeks with­out ac­tion

Strathearn Herald - - SPORT - Sports Re­porter

St rat h e a r n G rove trav­elled to face off against Bridge of Earn on Satur­day in what was the side’s first com­pet­i­tive out­ing in well over a month.

The visi­tors started the North of Tay Cup clash on the front foot and took the lead through a su­perb ef­fort from Paddy Ward.

The for­ward curled an ef­fort in with the out­side of his foot to put the Cri­eff lads 1-0 up.

But the home side started to take con­trol of the game and scored with a header from a cor­ner.

And a few min­utes later they took the lead.

Grove bat­tled hard and were un­lucky not to go in at half-time all-square. Lee Jack hit the post for Grove as the visi­tors started the sec­ond half in the same man­ner they did the first.

How­ever, a mis­take at the back saw a miss-hit clear­ance fall at the feet of a Bridge of Earn at­tacker, who showed good com­po­sure to make it 3-1.

There was con­tro­versy sur­round­ing the host’s next strike as their for­ward net­ted when the Grove keeper was down in­jured and the rest of the team stopped think­ing play would be halted.

Frus­trated, Grove con­ceded two more goals ow­ing to a lack of con­cen­tra­tion at the back.

Con­so­la­tion came in the form of a lobbed Josh Roberts ef­fort which got the bet­ter of the keeper.

Press­ing to re­duce the deficit fur­ther, Grove were caught on the counter at­tack and Bridge of Earn made it 6-2 be­fore the fi­nal whis­tle.

Grove: Dave Mckay, Ross Cramb, Martin Mc­gougan, Con­nor Ste­wart, Ryan Sin­clair, Lee Roberts, Mike Welsh, Lee Jack, Keir Cramb, Paddy Ward, Josh Roberts, Ste­wart Smith.

Mean­while, Vale of Earn’s North of Tay Cup clash with In­ver­gowrie was one of many lo­cal fix­tures to fall vic­tim to the weather at the week­end.

How­ever, more pos­i­tive news for the club came in the form of a hat-trick of new sign­ings.

Gra­ham Aber­nethy, Euan Carter and Gra­ham Dun­can have all joined the Mar­ket Park Club’s ranks – with club man­age­ment keen to bol­ster num­bers fur­ther in the fu­ture in the hope of en­joy­ing a strong fin­ish to the cam­paign.

An­other at­tempt to play the cup tie with In­ver­gowrie will take place on Satur­day.

Else­where, Auchter­arder Prim­rose are at home to Jean­field in Divi­sion One.

Con­so­la­tion Paddy Ward was on the score­sheet

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