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  1. Our 8th away league trip awaits on Sat as we head to Glenrothes. Hope the weather holds this week and we get a chance to cut the Burgh's lead at the top as they are on Junior Cup business. Go the Hoose!
  2. Great news JC! Correct decision and justice prevails. Good on SJFA for looking at the video evidence and good to see Bonnyrigg helping us out also. Go the Hoose !!
  3. Plan C - Building a full size playing pitch on the Ark has started!!
  4. Please Mr Weatherman make this rain go away and give the park a chance for Saturday's cup game against Luncarty!
  5. COPY OF DUKLAWANDY'S EXCELLENT REPORT (AND PHOTOS) FROM YESTERDAY'S GAME Fauldhouse United v Musselburgh Athletic Saturday 18 November 2017, 13.45, Parkview A top of the table clash in the East Premier League between Fauldhouse United and Musselburgh Athletic. We last saw Fauldhouse when they won 3-2 at Tranent at the end of September. Cup ties and a postponement have meant that they have only played twice in the league since then. A draw at Haddington and a win at Dunbar saw them sitting in second spot in the table, five points behind the leaders. With the top two going up automatically to the Super League (third spot wins a play-off place against third bottom of the Super League) they were looking to maintain their form for the rest of the season and go straight back up to the top league after relegation. Fauldhouse had made a couple of signings since we last saw them. Midfielder Chrissy Patrick had joined from Whitburn Junior and former Falkirk and Albion Rovers forward Jake Coulter had also signed up. It was a first sighting of the season of Musselburgh for us, having last watched them fall on penalties to Tranent Juniors in the semi-final of the Fife and Lothians Cup in May. Musselburgh suffered heartbreak when they were relegated on the final day of last season, ending their eight year stay in the Super League. They managed to keep the bulk of the squad together and have quickly taken to their new surroundings in the Premier League. They sat in top spot after 12 matches, having won eleven and drawn one. With their lead over their second placed opponents at five points, a win would provide a big step in making their time in the Premier League a short one. To supplement the squad for their assault on the Premier League, Musselburgh brought in former Hibs and Hearts youth player Bradley Whyte, left back Chris Gray has returned to the club from Linlithgow Rose after 7 years away, goalkeeper Asher Tufail from Edinburgh United and striker Stephen MacDonald, who arrived at the club from American football. (That’s soccer, not grid iron.) With Fauldhouse’s scheduled home fixture being postponed the week before, we’d kept an eye on the weather all week, but a 9.30am pitch inspection confirmed the game would be on. We were through early and were greeted by the always friendly gents at the entrance who must provide the warmest welcome in football. Always ready for a chat regardless of your team and always with good humour. This continued after we procured something from the pie stand as a local by the name of “Robert” chatted to us in the ground. He told us he’d been married 51 years and was always concerned when he went out to put something in the bin, that his wife would “lock the door so I couldn’t get back in.” The friendly nature of those associated with Fauldhouse was spoiled a little when a BMW parked behind the goals was hit by a ball shot by a home player warming up. I’m sure it wasn’t deliberate. The car was moved soon after. Fauldhouse are one of the sides that have a board up that they write the team names and numbers on before the game. I can’t tell you how much I like teams doing that. It was clear a lot of work had been done to get the pitch playable, but it was certainly patchy in parts. The referee was inspecting the worst parts and we had worries of a very late call off when he bounced the ball several times without any movement whatsoever. There were around 100 in attendance. With 7 minutes gone, Moffat won the ball for Burgh from O’Donnell and exchanged passes before winning his team a corner which came to nothing. A minute later up the other end Currie flicked the ball on for Bennett. He took the ball past a defender and was through on goal. He struck his shot well, but Adams made a good save and the Burgh defence got the ball clear. Ward had a strike at the Burgh goal from 25 yards in 10 minutes, but he was off target. Burgh’s Whyte looked as if he might have a chance when he ran onto a pass on the right hand side of the box in 13 minutes, but Ward was across to slide tackle the ball away. Currie ran into the Burgh box on the left in 16 minutes and flashed a shot across the face of goal, but it was wide of the far post. Dunn won the ball from O’Kane in 17 minutes and took it forward before deciding to go himself from 20 yards, but it was a comfortable save for Adams. Currie turned very well in the Burgh box in 23 minutes to get away from McManus, but a heavy touch gave Adams the opportunity to claim the ball. In 24 minutes, King ran onto a pass down the right and took the ball into the Fauldhouse box. He cut inside a defender before seeing his shot blocked by Hutchison’s leg at the near post. Thomson came forward for Burgh on the right in 27 minutes and beat Brown before cutting the ball back for Cherrie, whose shot was blocked behind. Fauldhouse broke quickly in 28 minutes and Currie sent Bennett through on goal. It was another great chance, but again he couldn’t beat Adams. McLeod required treatment in 29 minutes after the Fauldhouse player was subjected to a robust tackle in the middle of the park. It was clear the importance of the game with how much players were shouting at team mates. Particularly if they made a poor decision. Dunn took the ball into the Burgh box in 32 minutes and exchanged passes with Currie, but his shot was blocked. A cross from the right in 33 minutes came to the feet of Bennett who struck the ball on the half volley, but it fizzed wide of the Burgh goal. Musselburgh won a free kick 25 yards from goal in 35 minutes and Thomson had a go at goal, but his curling effort was too high. After an offside call against Musselburgh in 36 minutes, a defender played the ball across to Fauldhouse keeper Hutchison. With the ball at the goalie’s feet, Burgh striker King asked him if a free kick had been awarded. Hutchison replied, “I dunno”, before booting the ball up the park. Currie played the ball through to Bennett in 38 minutes and a Burgh defender flew across the box to block his shot. The rebound was fired back at goal by Currie, but deflected over. With 39 minutes gone, Bennett played the ball across the Burgh goal and it came to Brady at the back post with the goal gaping. The defender didn’t make good contact though, and the ball drifted wide. He may have been put off by an uneven bounce. Dunn attempted a low cross into the Burgh box in 40 minutes, but it was blocked. The ball came back to him, but he lashed it over the bar. Just before the break, as the ball was cleared into the crowd near where I stood, it came off the corner of one of the steps and flew up over my head where I caught it one handed. The Fauldhouse official running the line shouted “Sign him!” Still got it. The hosts had the better of the first half and had some very good chances but had failed to score. You couldn’t help feeling that might come back to bite them. As the teams lined up for the second half, the referee looked to both keepers to check they were ready by waving at them. Adams acknowledged him from the Burgh goal, then Hutchison did so with a very enthusiastic over the top wave, which we found funnier than it probably was. In the opening minute of the half, Fauldhouse’s O’Donnell had a strike from the edge of the box, but his low effort was taken by Adams. Currie played a one-two with O’Donnell on the right for Fauldhouse in 47 minutes, but his cutback was cleared. O’Kane had a go from a Burgh free kick from more than 25 yards away in 48 minutes, but he put it well over the bar. A deep cross into the Fauldhouse box by Moffat from the right in 50 minutes found King at the back post, and he sent a looping header over Hutchison, but a defender headed the ball off the line. Burgh’s Gray was shown the yellow card in 51 minutes and had a bit of a slanging match with the Fauldhouse linesman afterwards. Currie crossed into the Burgh box in 52 minutes and the ball dropped between players, but Adams was quick to smother. In 54 minutes, MacDonald threaded a ball through the Fauldhouse defence for King, but Watson got across to clear the danger. Bennett played the ball into the feet of Currie in the Burgh box in 57 minutes and he showed great skill to turn the defender in close proximity before shooting low into the corner to give the home side the lead. Two minutes later and King read an attempted passback from Fauldhouse and was onto it in a flash. He quickly took the ball around Hutchison and slotted home for the equaliser. Burgh had their tails up after the leveller and broke forward in 61 minutes with Whyte playing the ball to Thomson on the right. He cut the ball back to King, but Hutchison made a fantastic save to keep out the shot. Fauldhouse’s Bennett was next to go into the referee’s book in 62 minutes. Moffat passed to Whyte in 67 minutes and his shot was partly blocked and spun up in the air into the grateful Hutchison’s arms in the Fauldhouse goal. Burgh’s MacDonald made progress down the left in 68 minutes and smashed the ball across the face of goal, but nobody could get a touch in the middle. The visitors were having a good spell and Whyte set up King in 70 minutes, but a block took the sting out of his shot and Hutchison saved easily. MacDonald burst up the left in 73 minutes and beat two defenders before he was tackled in the Fauldhouse box. The ball came to King and his shot took a bit of a deflection, but Hutchison saved well. Burgh were almost undone in 75 minutes when a passback to Adams was hit a little hard and he took a heavy touch, but managed to get the break of the ball as Bennett tackled him. King limped off in 76 minutes with what looked like a hamstring pull. Not good news for Burgh. Nice play by Fauldhouse in 78 minutes between Bennett and Currie saw the latter’s shot blocked. The ball came to O’Donnell, whose shot was also blocked and Adams was able to take possession. O’Kane passed to Moffat on the edge of the Fauldhouse box in 82 minutes and he sent a shot goalwards which beat Hutchison, but came off the bar. The defence managed to get the ball away. Moffat was involved again a minute later when he picked out Murphy at the back post in space, but Hutchison made a fine save to turn his shot around the post. Ralton raced into the Fauldhouse box in 85 minutes, but Hutchison was out quickly to save at his feet. Fauldhouse were guilty of overplaying a bit in their own half in 86 minutes and Murphy stole the ball and found Ralton on the left. He took the ball into the box, but dragged his shot wide. With two minutes left Brogan found some space on the right as Fauldhouse came forward. His cross into the middle was met by the head of Currie, but went inches wide of the goal. Moffat was booked in 89 minutes for a foul on Fauldhouse’s O’Donnell. As we reached 90 minutes, a kick out by Adams was headed on by MacDonald for Ralton, but he was given offside. An entertaining game and very much the proverbial game of two halves. Fauldhouse would have been disappointed not to be leading at the break, but Burgh will wonder how they didn’t win the game in the second half. Credit has to go to both teams for trying to get the ball down and play football the right way, despite the difficult conditions. There were a number of good performances and it was easy to see why the two sides are at the top of the table. For Fauldhouse, Dunn and Ward impressed in the middle of the park and Currie did well up front. In Burgh’s colours, I was surprised at Cherrie being withdrawn after an hour as I thought he had done well, and Thomson was a constant danger on the right. Moffat also stood out for the East Lothian side. There also has to be praise for both keepers, who handled well and made a number of good saves. They were both helpless at the goals. An enjoyable afternoon all round. Full Time: Fauldhouse United 1 Musselburgh Athletic 1 Admission: £6 Fauldhouse United: 1 JC Hutchison, 2 Sammy Watson, 3 James Brown, 4 Chrissy Patrick, 5 Declan Brady, 6 David Dunn, 7 David O’Donnell, 8 Aiden Ward, 9 Jack Currie, 10 Jamie McLeod (Brogan 66), 11 Mathew Bennett. Subs: 12 Martin Brogan, 14 Jake Coulter, 15 Ben Magee, 21 Johnny O’Connor. Musselburgh Athletic: 1 Ally Adams, 2 John McManus, 4 Chris Gray, 6 Declan O’Kane, 8 Gary Cherrie (Murphy 60), 10 Mathu King (Ralton 76), 12 Bradley Donaldson, 14 Michael Moffat, 15 Conor Thomson, 18 Bradley Whyte, 20 Stephen MacDonald. Subs: 3 Matty Lynch, 7 Sean Murphy, 17 Ewan Ralton, 21 Asher Tufail. Referee: Craig Macrae Like Loading...
  6. Great report Dukla and nice to see you both at Park View yesterday. Hope you're back at another game soon.
  7. COPY OF MATCH REPORT POSTED BY CASEY JONES ON MUSSELBURGH FORUM.........(VERY FAIR REPORT IMO) Musselburgh seem to have picked on its best 11 or 12 players, according to the management team, with Jed Davie being the absent 12th man! I wouldn’t argue with the majority of these players, though I would always have Skip in my team! Anyway, when the match kicked off, for the first 10 minutes, it all seemed to be Musselburgh as the dominant team. Then, the lights seemed to go out, with the rest of the half going to Fauldhouse. Although Musselburgh had most of the initial play, the first real chance fell to Fauldhouse, in around 10 mins, with their number 11, Bennett, having a great chance to put The Hoose 1-0 up, but Ally Adams, dived to his left for a great save. A couple of minutes later, another shot but this time, the ball went soaring over the Burgh bar. Musselburgh’s first real chance came in 16mins when from a corner kick, the ball came to Jonno, but with the ball hitting either his head or chest, the shot went just past the post. By this time, Fauldhouse were on the ascendancy, and in 18minutes, from the Fauldhouse keeper, ball went up left wing, and the no. 9 had a shot which went across the penalty box; and a minute later, the no.6 got the ball passed the Burgh defence, but hit his shot straight to Ally. In 25 minutes, a throw in from Michael, the ball came to Matti, who hit a shot, but keeper was close by, and put it out for a corner. From there, ball played to Brad D whose shot went way over bar. In 30 mins, a breakaway up the field by the Hoose, ball to Bennett, for shot which Ally dived for an easy save. A couple of of shots by opposing sides, saw shots again go over the bar. Game was fast flowing now, and in 41minutes, the no. 5 met the ball from a cross, when just about on the couch line, but his header went just by the wrong side of post for the Hoose. A couple of minutes later, and another attack by Fauldhouse, but from within the penalty box, the ball again went over the bar. So, half time, and perhaps one of the Burgh’s poorest 45mins of season, And Fauldhouse must have wondered how the match was still 0-0. Had they had their scoring boots on....? Second half was much better for Musselburgh. However, first chance again went to the Hoose, who should have went 1-0 up but the no.7 hit a poor shot straight to Ally. Musselburgh had a couple of shots, again both going over the bar, and then came the first goal of the game. Ball came to the Hoose, no.9, in the box, who turned the defender, shot past Ally’s right had side and inside the post to go 1-0 up. However, this was shortly follwwed by an equaliser by the dependable Matti, who rounded the keeper and shot to make it 1-1. Matti was as animated as I have ever seen him, as were a number of players, which showed just how much the equaliser meant to the team. In 60minutes Gary C went off for Skip, and soon after Bradley W had a shot which brought out a great save by the Hoose keeper. In 62mins, their no.7 was needlessly booked for staying to close to the ball when a free kick was awarded. 5 mins later and sub for the Hoose- no. 12 on for no. 10. 71mins saw Matti with another chance, but blocked by defender; then soon after Stephen made good move up left hand side, and ball into Matti, whose shot made a great save from their keeper. Matti then went off injured with Ralton replacing him. In 78 mins, in quick succession the Hoose’s no. 7 & 11 had chances but nothing came of either. Then in 82 mins, Musselburgh hit the bar, from a shot by Michael, following good play on the right hand side. A couple of minutes later Skip on left hand side had shot saved by keeper. In 83minutes, The Hoose had a good move down the left hand side, but in the penalty box, Brad made a great saving tackle. Then up the other end, Ralton ran into the box, with keeper coming out to make a sliding save. With 3mims left, same player had another shot which went just wide. in 88 minutes, the number 3, for the Hoose, Brown, who for me was their best player, was subbed, with the no. 14 coming on. This was soon followed with Michael being booked for a late tackle. Final whistle went with score 1-1. Not sure what was said at half time, but what an improvement in the 2nd half for Musselburgh. At half time, you would easily have said if there was going to be a winner, that the boys in Red would be victorious. Overall, I would say that a draw was the right result, and with 3rd place Haddington also drawing, no change in the top 3 of the premier league. Some supporters were saying that the pitch was probably too heavy for the match to have gone ahead. I say, that whilst not vintage football; given the amount of shots by both sides, albeit that most didn’t hit the target, and the fact that the ball went from end to end so many times, that the right decision was made. Well done to the committee, and well done to both teams for putting on a good match.
  8. Fair play to him today fully agree JC he was excellent!
  9. Yes Casey I remember 1987 very well indeed! Glad todays visit to Park View enlightened and extended both your historical and geographical knowledge. Thanks for saluting the committee men who all did wonders in getting the game on, people forget just how extreme, unique and individual the weather can be at the Hoose at times. Anyways always good to welcome the merry band of Burgh fans through who always seem to enjoy their visit and The Howff! That's what junior football is all about. IMO a draw was a fair result...the Hoose should've been a few goals up at half time (possibly even game over by then?) but once the Burgh got their fortunate equaliser they did create a few good chances ....so game of 2 halves again! Given the heavy park I thought both teams served up an entertaining game and the ref also had a good game! Just a pity you didn't head back home with a really sore hand mind you!! Go the Hoose and the Burgh!!!
  10. Fauldhouse 1 Musselburgh 1 f/t
  11. BIG game is on....cant wait. Park heavy in parts but inspection passed thanks to sterling work by committee. well done lads. just need for JC's lads to mirror that effort on the pitch and it should be cracking game! Go the Hoose!!
  12. McBookie Odds For Big Game on Sat : The Hoose 2/1 The Burgh 4/5......interesting!! Go the Hoose!!
  13. Well said JC! Easy to forget and underestimate the efforts made by many week in week out to try to get the park playable. 100% agree!! Go the Hoose!!
  14. Fingers crossed indeed Brycey....lets hope the game goes ahead on Sat as it should be a cracking match. Bring on the Mussy and Go The Hoose!!
  15. I always said you were very respectful towards the Hoose Casey! However I hope you leave Park View with a sore hand next Saturday after the Burgh visit us! Look forward to seeing you behind the goals tho! Go the Hoose! ps..good luck this Sat!
  16. Saturday brings a wee break from league business for the Hoose as we welcome Luncarty to Park View in the East of Scotland Cup. Hope once again the weather helps the park as its important to keep the squad match fit ahead of the visit of Musselburgh the following week. With Luncarty currently top of their league it should be another good test for the Hoose. Good luck to all the lads! Go the Hoose!!
  17. COPY OF MATCH REPORT COURTESY OF DUNBAR'S WEBSITE Dunbar United 3 Fauldhouse United 4 Back to League business for Dunbar with a visit from second placed Fauldhouse United who in the bookmakers opinion were outright favourites to win comfortably. Only the one change in the Dunbar starting eleven with Zach Szemis replacing Kevin Smith in defence. On a cold but sunny Autumnal afternoon it was the visitors who took the game to Dunbar from the start and three corners in the first few minutes proved they meant business with Steven Tait heading a goalbound Dean Currie header off the line from one of the corners. Fauldhouse continued to press and they took the lead in the 6th minute when a Samuel Watson cross from the right was volleyed into the net by Jamie MacLeod after some hesitancy in the Dunbar defence. Darren Handling sent in a teasing cross for Dunbar which was narrowly missed by Steven Tait with the Fauldhouse defence static. The visitors went further ahead in the 19th minute when Dunbar’s goalkeeper John Johnstone had his clearance charged down and Matthew Bennett had the easiest of tasks to slot the ball into the empty net. Dunbar to their credit upped their game and Fraser McLaren forced Hutchinson in the Faudlhouse goal to turn his shot round for a corner. McLaren ran clear minutes later with Ballantyne waiting to pounce but a Fauldhouse defender cut the pass off at the last minute. However the Dunbar pressure paid off in the 26th minute when Dean Ballantyne found Steven Kean inside the penalty box and the Dunbar defender was unceremoniously upended by a Fauldhouse defender resulting in a Dunbar penalty. Chris King sent the Fauldhouse keeper the wrong way from the spot kick and Dunbar were back in the game. Kevin Motion fired over the bar and Dean Ballantyne had a lob saved on the line as Dunbar looked for the equaliser before Kevin Motion picked up a caution for a tackle in midfield. Dunbar continued to press and a Kevin Motion free kick was headed goalwards by Steven Tait forcing Hutchinson into another good save. Dean Ballantyne set Steven Tait up after beating two defenders but again the chance went amiss. In their next attack Steven Kean crossed for Dean Ballantyne to head goalwards but again his effort was thwarted by the Fauldhouse keeper and Ballantyne himself went close after outpacing the Fauldhouse defence. Jamie MacLeod might have done better for Fauldhouse after his effort went over the bar but right on the half time whistle Dunbar equalised after some good work from Fraser McLaren his pass found Darren Handling who slipped the ball to Dean Ballantyne and the youngster fired low into the net for a well deserved Dunbar equaliser. Jamie MacLeod limped off for the visitors just after the restart and was replaced by Dean Arrol but surprisingly it was Dunbar who still looked the more dangerous side and Dean Ballantyne had two goalbound efforts saved by the visitors keeper. In the 54th minute Chris King was fouled wide left and his well flighted free kick was headed strongly into the net by Darren Handling to give the hosts a 3-2 lead. Currie headed a Fauldhouse free kick over the bar as they looked for an equaliser and the Dunbar lead lasted seven minutes before the game was tied at 3-3 after some hesitancy in the Dunbar defence allowed the ball to fall to David Dunn who fired a fierce left footer home from twenty yards. Dean Ballantyne picked up a booking for dissent before Kevin Motion picked up a second yellow in the 68th minute resulting in Dunbar playing out the last twenty two minutes with only ten men. Not the most ideal of situations against their second placed opponents but after some reshuffling in the Dunbar side the hosts almost scored again when Ballantyne set up Darren Handling but his shot agonisingly went inches wide. With the game fizzling out in what looked like a share of the points Fauldhouse clinched the winner three minutes into injury time after Dean Arrol stroked home at the back post following a cross from the right. No time for a Dunbar comeback with the referee blowing up for full time almost immediately and another really cruel blow to the Dunbar side who matched their high flying opponents throughout making mockery of the bookmakers odds at the start of the game and finally succumbing to yet another injury time winner. A really entertaining game for any neutral supporter but hard to take for the Dunbar faithful. Another break from League duty next weekend when Dunbar travel to Coupar Angus for a Third Round East of Scotland Cup tie and hopefully they will return to winning ways !! Dunbar United :- John Johnstone, Steven Kean, Steven Tait, Grant Thomson, Chris Moffat, Zach Szemis, Chris King, Kevin Motion, Fraser McLaren, Dean Ballantyne, Darren Handling. Substitutes :- Sam Young, Keith Tait, Chris Hogg, Kevin Smith, Liam McCathie. Fauldhouse United :- John Hutchinson, Samuel Watson, James Brown, Chris Patrick, Dean Currie, David Dunn, David O’Donnell, Aiden Ward, Jack Currie, Jamie MacLeod, Matthew Bennett. Substitutes ;- Dean Arrol, Declan Brady, Martin Brogan, Jake Coulter, Ben Magee. Referee :- Michael Addy
  18. Nice one Casey!! Being exact we scored the winner in the 93rd and final minute....phew...not good for the old blood pressure I have to say. I'm not sure about the ref having us on his coupon as he missed a very early Hoose goal at the start of the match as the ball was clearly over the line and IMO gave Dunbar a very soft penalty which brought them back into the match, although he did send off a Dunbar player for a double yellow. A very entertaining match if you were a neutral, gutting for Dunbar fans and delight for the Hoose fans! I'm sure JC will read your comments also......look forward to seeing you at Park View in 2 weeks....go the Hoose!!
  19. Fauldhouse 3rd Dunn 61, 4th Arrol 90.
  20. spot on Brycey...things hotting up for the burra visit! Bring them on! See you behind the goals mate. Go the Hoose!
  21. Along the East Lothian coast for the 3rd time in a month as we head to Dunbar on Sat. Unbeaten so far on our travels so hopefully we will be the same on Sat night! Go the Hoose!!
  22. With all the focus on the sending off PJS I just wanted to note that the kind comments you made about the nice gesture extended to you didn't go unnoticed. It's always good and reassuring when someone like yourself takes the time to appreciate it and acknowledge it. Hope to see you back at Park View soon and make sure you let the lads at the gate know. Thanks.
  23. Thanks to Bonnyrigg Rose TV for posting highlights of the game on Sat. The sending off incident is at 14:10mins on the recording and Dunn's amazing goal is at 16:30mins. Judge for yourself if the incident justified a red card.....
  24. Bring on the Burgh Toffee!! Park View awaits....
  25. Hope to see you back at Park View soon Yogi and to hopefully witness a home win! Glad you enjoyed visit.
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