BAJFC manager Keith Gibson couldn’t hide his disappointment when he sat down with our Website Admin Team to discuss Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Whitton Park with Newtongrange Star in the league. Was it a case of two points dropped or one point gained? Read below what he had to say…
“Saturday’s result and performance against Newtongrange Star were disappointing for me after having produced some excellent results and performance’s recently in the league. Full credit to Star though, they came with a gameplan and stuck to it, they are fighting for their lives at the wrong end of the table and will feel aggrieved they didn’t win the game.
We just didn’t seem to click during the game and they looked hungrier than us throughout the match and wanted the points badly. Although we were nowhere near our best, we still gave our self a chance of winning the game after coming from behind to score two quick goals minutes apart courtesy of an own goal from a corner and Shaka Roy’s nod and I felt we were going to see the game out but we conceded the equaliser in the 88th minute which was a blow. Although credit to Star, they pushed upfield and did batter on our door in the latter stages of the game.
We’ve played a lot better this season and lost, so to play so badly and not get beat is one of only a few positives to take from the game as well as another excellent performance from our keeper Iain Ross who kept us in the game with several good saves and a crucial penalty save in the first half(pictured below).
The aim this season was to finish on a better points tally than last season’s maiden season, 39 points, so we’re only 6 points away from doing this but we need a big improvement from Saturday’s display. The players will know their self that it was nowhere near the standard we are looking for and we’ll need a big reaction next week when the Super League leaders Kelty Hearts visit us at Whitton Park.
It was great to see Brian Clark back on the pitch following his recent injury, he broke down in the warm-up in the EOS Cup defeat last week at Broxburn. But we’ll need to see the extent of Grant Lawson’s injury, he had to come off at halftime due to a knock.
Off the field, the club will hopefully have a few player announcement’s over the next couple of weeks with potentially three players extending their contracts at the club which I’m absolutely delighted with…”