Penicuik’s fine run comes to an end

Hill of Beath 1-0 Penicuik Athletic
Hill of Beath 1-0 Penicuik Athletic

League leaders Penicuik travelled to Kiers Park for this East Super League match against Hill of Beath Hawthorn on Saturday.

The home side went ahead in the eigth minute when Adamson attacked up the right, cut the ball back to Moffat and Hay headed home his cross.

Penicuik gradually got back into the game and had a strong claim for a penalty when the ball was handled in the box, but it went unseen by the referee.

Penicuik were exerting strong pressure on the home defence and a half chance fell to Aaron Somerville but his first time volley flew high and wide of the goal.

With minutes to go in the first half a Keith Lough header went inches over the bar with keeper Hall beaten. Penicuik’s best chance of the game fell to Ryan McCallum, but his header off a pin point cross by Greg Ross went narrowly past the upright.

Hill of Beath started the second half at pace and Penicuik could easily have gone three behind in the opening five minutes. However, a tremendous instinctive one handed save by Bejaoui tipped a close range header over the bar and from the corner the woodwork came to the rescue when a header crashed back off the crossbar and the danger was cleared.

Penicuik gradually worked their way back into the game again and a Lough strike beat the defence, but keeper Hall was well placed to save. Penicuik dominated possession, but for some reason repeatedly played route one football and the tall solid Haws defence had no problem dealing with all the high balls into the box.

With Penicuik pushing hard for the equaliser, they were caught on the break when they lost possession in the middle of the park. McKenzie set up McCrindle, but he blasted the ball high over the bar. Penicuik continued to press, but the predictable high balls into the danger area were comfortably dealt with by a stalwart solid defence and it finished 1-0.

Next up on Saturday is a home Super League visit from Newtngrange Star.