Fauldhouse Utd 1 Higgins Pen 51m
Broxburn Ath 3 Miller (2),Gribben
Faauldhouse Utd Connolly, Gilchrist , Bonnes, Watson , McSherry, McKee , Sweeney , Ward , Sally (Richford 53m),Higgins (Gallacher85m) , Wilson subs Rea , Scanlan , Buckley
Referee Mr D.Smith assistants Mr S.Ross , Mr M.Harte
With a wild wind blowing silky soccer was not going to be on the agenda . On five minutes a long ball through to Darren Gribben but the ball was just too long and went through to the keeper . Three minutes later Kieran Anderson fired in a free kick from out on the left which the keeper turned round his right hand post as it headed for the top corner . Fauldhouse were presented with a chance on eleven minutes when a Gribben Miskick fell to Anthony Higgins on the edge of the box but his shot was deflected over the bar for a corner . Broxburn went up the other end two minutes later when Scott Richards put a ball over the top for Anderson but his shot was weak and straight at the keeper as he stretched for the ball . On the quarter hour mark a corner in from the right caused mayhem in the United box as it went back and forward three times with no visiting forward taking the opportunity to turn the ball home . A free kick into the box found the head of Alexander Miller who headed the ball back across the box to Scott Richards who could not get any power in his header John Connolly gathered the ball with ease . Fauldhouse almost scored with seven minutes of the half remaining with a neat one two and ball into the box found Higgins who saw his shot turned around the post . It was Broxburn who took the lead a minute later when a long ball through the middle looked as though it was going safely through to Connolly in the host goals but Darren Gribben pressured him and he hit the ball of the opponent and Gribben caught the ball at the bye line before crossing into the path off ALEXANDER MILLER to fire home unchallenged . On the stroke of half time Anderson set up Miller but the striker’s shot went over the bar .
Broxburn almost doubled their lead on fifty minutes when Gribben set up Anderson but with space running out on the left he tried to score from a tight angle but the ball drifted past the far right post .The hosts equalised a minute later when a ball through to Scott Sally set him up but Connor Wallace in the visitors goal brought him down before he got his shot away . ANTHONY HIGGINS scored from the resulting penalty . Broxburn restored their advantage on fifty five minutes when Craig Purves sent Anderson down the left and his ball into DARREN GRIBBEN was perfect for him to put the ball away .The visitors increased the advantage on 58 minutes when superb play created on the left by Kieran Anderson gave him room to cross in to the box for ALEXANDER MILLER to head home .Gribben set up Browne with a header but it was saved just after the hour mark . Broxburn had control of the game at this stage and Gribben saw a shot go sailing over the bar .On 65 minutes Maccauley Wilson saw his long range attempt go just past the post . Half way through the half Anderson created a chance but saw it deflected for a corner . A ball down the line for Miller enabled him to cross into the box for Anderson but it was just too far in front of the later . Fauldhouse had a purple patch with quarter of an hour to go . A good ball into the box saw Anthony Higgins have a shot that was blocked and cleared . It was Maccauley Wilson next to have a shot but saw it go past the post on the left hand side . Aiden Ward was next to have a crack at goals but his shot went over the bar .With seven minutes remaining Anderson ball into the box was punched clear by Connolly . A minute later Craig Purves went down the right and his ball into the box was met by Anderson who’s first two shots were blocked and his third attempt went just past the post .The final chance came in the last minute when a good ball into the box by Purves was met by the head of Richards but his header went over the bar . A good win in difficult conditions set’s us up for the cup tie on Wednesday night against Edinburgh United .Lots of positives today with players getting much needed game time that some had been lacking and good performance’s through out the side made it a good day at the office .