Roselea stay at bottom of league

Roselea made their first of seven trips they will have over the Forth this season, as they visited Penicuik Athletic in their fifth League match of the season.

The clubs first met in Roselea’s first venture into this level back in 2006 and have met several times since.

With Roselea still pointless after four games, the pressure was beginning to build on getting results. Penicuik meanwhile, were one of the hot favourites for promotion and despite losing their first game 3 - 1 at home to Kirrie Thistle, had own their last three and sat in second place.

Roselea welcomed back Dale Reid and Stuart Richardson, however Michael Cruickshanks was unavailable and Jordan Reoch picked up a bad knock at the end of the Broughty Athletic match and had to miss out.

On a fine sunny day and a decent Penicuik Park surface, Roselea kicked off up the slope. After a couple of early skirmishes, Roselea took the lead against their fancied opponents in only two minutes. Anderson under pressure on the right touchline cleared long and Calum WATSON outran the Penicuik rearguard and chipped the advancing Bejaoui from 14 yards to open the scoring.

Penicuik had a chance when Barr got his toe to a lose ball, but his shot went straight to Mcleod who saved well. Fletcher then went close for Roselea with a right footed shot, which went just wide of the post.

The home side drew level in 12 minutes, when Barr got to the bye-line and although it looked like the ball had struck his hand, he crossed low and PATTERSON was in the centre to score from close range.

Watson had another chance in 14 minutes, when he flicked the ball over his shoulder before shooting a yard over, then Lister had a snapshot for Penicuik, which went narrowly wide.

Calum Rae picked up the games first booking in 20 minutes, when he was booked for dissent.

The homeside upped the ante in the 25th minute, when they went ahead. Both Collier and Richardson had attempts to clear at the corner of the box before the ball was popped back into the box and McPARTLAND drilled a low shot across Mcleod and into the corner of the net from 10 yards.

Roselea had an instant chance to get back on level terms, when Calum Watson was put in and rounded the keeper before composing himself to shoot into the empty net from the angle, but somehow hit the near post before a scramble which saw the ball cleared.

Richardson had to make a risky tackle in 29 minutes, as McCallum broke clear and only great timing prevented a goal.

Watson had a run at the keeper but the huge Penicuik number one stood his ground this time and blocked well. Reid then missed a chance at the far post when he looked set to score but the keeper blocked and then he was set away on another one on one but again missed the target.

Half Time: Penicuik Athletic 2, Montrose Roselea 1

Watson found his way into the referees book for retaliation, however his anger had come from the fact that he had been fouled three times seconds before, and all escaped the referees attention.

Patterson had a low shot, which Mcleod had to turn round the post for a corner. At the other end, Brand robbed Lister 30 yards out and elected to chip, with the ball just going over the bar.

In 59 minutes, Brand had a loud appeal for a penalty after appearing to be held back, as he cut along the bye-line with the referee perhaps being uninterested due to his theatrical fall, although there did seem to be heavy contact.

On reflection, this is a game where Roselea will once again rue missed chances with a barrage missed in the first half. The game followed the same pattern as all the other four, with Roselea taking the lead then missing chances when behind. Penicuik have been the best side they have faced so far and will surely be amongst the pack chasing one of the two automatic promotion places. Results elsewhere meant that Roselea are still bottom as the only side with no points but still not disjointed from the pack. This week Roselea have another Premier League at home to Dundee Violet. They will need to start picking up points especially at home. Kick off is at 2.30 p.m.

Roselea: Mcleod, P Taylor, R Taylor, Collier, Richardson, Fletcher, Anderson, Rae, Brand, Reid and Watson. Subs: Gammie, Rausch and Thomson.