BAJFC manager Keith Gibson gives us his thoughts on his side’s 1-0 win over West Calder United in the first round of the East of Scotland Cup.

With several first team players missing due to injuries and holidays, the manager started with his two new recent signings in Matty Adam and Kerr Hay. Read below what he had to say on the game…

“Saturday’s game was always going to be a tough one against West Calder but I’m delighted at going through as we were missing six regular players through either injury or being unavailable. It wasn’t our best display of the season and the pitch played a big part in that. I felt although we weren’t at our best we controlled large parts of the game and limited West Calder to one clear-cut chance. We created some really good chances in the first half with our new signings Kerr Hay and Matty Adam going close and also big Jay Smart. We eventually got the goal we deserved from a set piece just before halftime which I was pleased about.

DSC_0605 (2)We started the second half really well and again we created some great chances to add to the scoreline with our pace and the tempo we played at, we were causing them real problems. It was great to get another clean sheet too after last weeks against Musselburgh in the league, not that our keeper, Iain Ross, had to make a save in the game.

A positive from the game was Matty (left) and Kerr had very good debuts for us and they will add even more competition to our squad throughout the season ahead. Matty played his first game in five months and we took him off on the hour mark. Another positive point, we scored another goal from a set piece, courtesy of Jay Smart, and we look a real threat with the delivery that we have, it’s something that we’ve spent a bit of time on at training so it’s great to see it’s paying off.

We need to keep this momentum going into next week’s game away to Dundonald Bluebell in the Super League as it will be a very tough game. It’s never easy going there but we’ll train well this week and make sure the players are prepared physically and mentally for the game. We’ll welcome back a couple of players too as our squad is a tad on the bare side just now, I myself, was a named substitute for the game but luckily I wasn’t needed to come on…”