Broxburn Athletic v Auchinleck Talbot


Report: Murray Steele, Photography Craig McGhee, Media: Lee Conn.

A bad day at the office for Talbot who exited the South Challenge cup after a 3-0 loss away at Broxburn.

In what proved to be a false dawn Talbot started the game positively and had the first chance within a minute. A ball into the box found Smith who was able to turn and get his shot away which was deflected wide for the corner. When the corner came in McPherson headed it back across goal but the defence were able to clear.

The Bot fell a goal behind in the 7th minute. McPherson’s square pass to Armstrong was intercepted and knocked through to PAGE who ran into the box and slotted it beyond Glavin.

Two minutes later Wardrope surged forward from midfield and went for goal from 30 yards but it flew well over the bar.

The Bot had a half chance in the 16th minute when Boylan headed a cross down inside the area. It fell toward Smith but wouldn’t come down quickly enough for him and by the time he got his volley away it was deflected over the bar. From the resultant corner McPherson got his head on Wardrope’s delivery but glanced it well wide of the right post.

In the 21st minute Talbot came about as close as they were going to get. Langan fed the ball out to Boylan on the left and he cut in on his right foot and drilled it low across the face of goal where Langan had continued his run but he just failed to connect as he slid in and the defence cleared.

The home side spurned a good chance to double their advantage in the 24th minute. Wilson was penalised for an aerial challenge and when the free kick came over from the right Turner met it but sent his free header wide of the left post.

The reprieve was short-lived though and two minutes later Broxburn made it two. Page found DAVIDSON in space on the right of the area and he gave Glavin no chance as he drilled it across goal and into the opposite corner.

It was nearly 3 minutes later when Page took advantage of hesitant defending to volley an effort on target that was brilliantly saved by Glavin who turned it round the post.

In the 32nd minute Talbot ought to have had a free kick 30 yards out when the ball clearly hit Moyles elbow but the ref waved play on.

Talbot were huffing and puffing without offering much threat and it was the home side who again came close in the 38th minute. Page met a corner from the right but guided his header wide of the left post

Things went from bad to worse for Talbot on the stroke of half-time. Thomson sped past a couple of players in the centre but as the ball ran away from him he lunged into a tackle and the referee produced a straight red leaving Talbot trooping off two goals and a man down.

Any thoughts of a comeback were dashed when Talbot lost an early goal after the re-start. McPherson’s square ball was intercepted and Broxburn broke away down the right where Millar drilled it low across the face of goal for PAGE to tap in from close range.

Talbot picked up two booking within a minute – firstly Langan and then moments later Smith.

In the 59th minute Tucker made a double switch with Boyle & Lennox on for Langan & Smith and on 66 mins Talbot made a further change with Boyd on for Boylan.

Nothing much was happening with Broxburn content to sit on their lead as the clock ran down.

In the 74th minute Talbot made their final change with Schoneville on for Armstrong and within a minute of coming on he was unlucky not to get on the score sheet. A Talbot corner from the left was headed out and came to Schoneville at the edge of the area where he rocketed a low left foot effort on target that produced a brilliant stop from Watt who dived to his right to turn it wide.

The game meandered on to no great purpose. In the 85th minute Talbot had a chance to grab a late consolation effort when Wardrope’s free kick from the right was met by McPherson at the back post but his header slipped wide.

The final chance of the afternoon went Broxburn’s way when Turner fired just wide of the right post from 20 yards.

An afternoon to forget for Talbot who will need to dust themselves off and get the heads lifted for next Saturday when they travel through to Barrhead to face Arthurlie in the league.

Broxburn Athletic – Watt, Munro, Page, Moyles, Douglas, Thomson, Brass, Turner, Davidson, Bremner, Millar

Subs – Donoghue, Campbell, Nimmo, Binnie, Downie, Heath, Connolly

Auchinleck Talbot – Glavin, Wilson, Gillies, Slooves, McPherson, Armstrong, Langan, Wardrope, Smith, Boylan, Thomson

Subs – Boyd, Lennox, Boyle, Schoneville, Kennedy, Abed, Henry

Kyle McAvoy

SPONSORED BY: UNISON – Show Racism the Red Card and James Latta Plumbing

JOINED TALBOT: October 2023

D.O.B:  04/08/2000

TALBOT DEBUT: 21/10/2023, Away to Port Glasgow Juniors, West of Scotland Cup, won 2-0


FORMER TEAMS: Bonnyton Thistle

Auchinleck Talbot v Arniston Rangers


Report: Murray Steele, Photography: Craig McGhee, Media: Lee Conn.

Talbot made it 3 wins in a row as they dispatched Arniston Rangers at a sunny, but chilly Beechwood to book their place in the 4th round of the South Challenge cup.

The Bot made a dream start – taking an early lead in the 3rd minute. Wardrope chipped it into Smith inside the box and he rolled it across to EWAN THOMSON who rattled a shot into the top corner to make it 1-0.

In the 9th minute Talbot came close to doubling their lead. Langan found Wardrope in space down the right and he fired a dangerous ball across to the back post which Smith just failed to get on the end of.

Two minutes later Talbot grabbed their second. Boylan rose to head flick a long ball into the path of ROSS SMITH who strolled onto it and placed a shot past the keeper at his left hand post.

The game was over as a contest in the 13th minute when Talbot went 3-0 ahead. Gillies played it into the feet of RUARIDH LANGAN and he coolly placed a low shot into the bottom corner.

Talbot were breeching the visitors defence at will and had a chance to add to their lead in the 20th minute. Boylan headed it on to Thomson on the right and his ball into the box found Smith. He laid it back into the path of Wardrope but he blazed his shot over from 15 yards.

In the 23rd minute Langan cut the ball back to Wardrope at the edge of the area and his low drive slipped wide of the right hand post.

Two minutes later the visitors defence failed to clear a shy in from the right that came to Smith and he wheeled around and fired a shot over the bar.

The Talbot chances kept coming and in the 27th minute Boylan met Wardrope’s corner from the right but steered his header over the bar.

Boylan had a great chance to get on the score sheet in the 29th minute when Gillies drilled a low ball across to the back post but he took a fresh air swipe from close range.

Anderson had his name taken in the 34th minute for a late challenge on Thomson at the byline.

Two minutes later the woodwork denied Talbot their 4th. A corner from the right came to McPherson who clipped in a cross from the left edge of the area. McCracken met it and his glancing header was well stopped by McQueen. The rebound came to Boylan whose low drive clattered off the base of the left hand post.

Five minutes from the interval McPherson played it up the line to Boylan who turned Bell and raced up the wing before firing it low across goal where McQueen was able to cut it out with Thomson waiting to pounce.

In the 43rd minute Thomson received a caution for a foul on Kemp and in the last action of the half Thomson was first to react to a loose ball down the right and fired a shot across and wide with Talbot heading in 3 goals to the good at the break.

The 2nd half was only 2 minutes old when Talbot grabbed their 4th. Wardrope’s shot from 20 yards was comfortably held by McQueen but when he bowled it out to McManus there was a mix-up between the defender and his keeper allowing EWAN THOMSON to nick in and force it home.

In the 49th minute Glavin was called into action when he made a good stop from Muir’s curling effort from the left.

The visitors made changes in the 54th minute with Muir & Anderson making way for Graham & Galloway.

Both sides had a good chance in the 57th minute. Firstly, Davies had a chance from 15 yards out following a corner that he blazed miles over the bar then in Talbot’s next attack Langan broke through the defence only to see his shot come back off the left post.

On the hour mark Talbot made a double change with Thomson & Boylan being replaced by Boyd & Kennedy.

In the 62nd minute Langan sent Smith clear on the right and he played it across goal where Kennedy tucked it home but the linesman’s flag ruled it out.

A minute later Talbot had another effort on target when Langan found Boyd on the right and he fired a low effort at goal that McQueen smothered at his near post.

Arniston now made a further change with Hamilton on for Kemp and Talbot made another double switch with Lennox & Boyle on in the centre for Wardrope & Langan.

Talbot’s subs were all involved in the 70th minute when Boyle found Lennox and he in turn sent it wide right to Boyd whose cross to the back post was fired over the bar by Kennedy.

Arniston pulled a goal back in the 72nd minute. DAVIES whipped in a right foot cross from the left touchline that drifted over Glavin who got a hand to it but couldn’t keep it out at the back post.

Within a minute Talbot should have scored again. A slick move saw Kennedy feed it into Boyd whose pass sent Smith through one on one with the keeper but his shot couldn’t beat McQueen as he advanced off his line.

In Talbot’s next attack McQueen again did well when he reacted smartly to tip Boyd’s deflected effort over the crossbar. When Kennedy’s corner came over McCracken met it and headed on target where McQueen saved and Woods completed the clearance from the goal line.

Talbot now made their final change with Schoneville on for Smith.

With 10 minutes remaining Lennox slid a pass through to find Boyd on the right and he raced into the box and fired a shot on target that McQueen held inside his left post.

In the closing stages Talbot had a final chance to add to their tally when McCracken got on the end of Kennedy’s corner from the left but once more the keeper made a good save and Lennox was unable to force it home from close range in a crowded goalmouth and the visitors were able to hold on to the final whistle.

A comfortable afternoon for Talbot who might well have won by a much bigger margin but for the Arniston keeper. Next week Talbot are back in cup action as they travel up to Inverclyde to face Port Glasgow in the West.

Auchinleck Talbot – Glavin, McCracken, Gillies, Slooves, McPherson, Wardrope, Langan, Armstrong, Thomson, Smith, Boylan

Subs – Boyd, Kennedy, Lennox, Boyle, Schoneville, Wilson, Henry (gk)

Arniston Rangers – McQueen, Anderson, Bell, McManus, Woods, Turner, Kemp, Moore, Arran Laidlaw, Davies, Muir

Subs – Graham, Hamilton, Daly, Galloway, Ryan Laidlaw, Murray, Anderson (gk)

Ross Urquhart

SPONSORED BY:  Tom and Kevin Brown, Tyler and Karl 

JOINED TALBOT: October 2023

D.O.B: 18/03/1998

TALBOT DEBUT: 21/10/2023. Away v Port Glasgow Juniors, West of Scotland Cup, won 2-0


FORMER TEAMS: Darvel, Irvine Meadow

Jamie Glasgow

SPONSORED BY:  Unison, Show Racism the Red Card, Leighton McBlain 

JOINED TALBOT: July 2017 – September 2022. REJOINED TALBOT: October 2023

D.O.B: 27/11/1993

TALBOT DEBUT: 02/08/2017 v Glenafton Athletic, League Cup, Home, Lost 1-0

FIRST TALBOT GOAL: v 09/08/2017 v Lugar Boswell Thistle, League Cup, Away, Won 5-0

FORMER TEAMS: Darvel, Auchinleck Talbot, Camelon, East Stirling

Arniston Rangers

Auchinleck Talbot v Blantyre Victoria


Report: Jim McAuley, Photography: Craig McGhee, Media: Lee Conn.

Talbot fans leaving Beechwood on Saturday will be wondering if they had just watched a game of attrition as the visitors defended stoutly or was it something more like a game that was atrocious as once again Talbot failed to turn their dominance into goals. In reality they were undoubtedly the better side carving out a number of chances but once again poor finishing nearly took them to extra time as they huffed and puffed against a hard working Blantyre side who held out until the 87th minute.


Talbot had made a couple of changes to the team that had drawn with Arthurlie with Ally Park becoming the fifth player to pull on the right back jersey while Aiden Wilson was drafted into the central defence. Vic’s had made a few changes themselves bringing in Sam Archibald from the youth team and making his debut in midfield was 17 year old Pearse Carroll who had just been released from Falkirk.


The visitors kicked off towards the Coal Road end and within seven minutes they had forced the first corner of the game, but the delivery was poor which gave Boylan the chance to control the ball and sweep it up field towards Smith, however Jones was alert to the danger and ushered the ball back to his keeper. All credit to Smith who chased the pass back down and harassed Orr into striking his clearance into his legs where the ball spun out towards the byline. 


Smith was the quickest to react by collecting the loose ball and sending it into the danger area where McLew managed to clear, but only into the path of Park who headed the ball back to Smith where the strikers lob come cross found Boyan lurking in the box and he in turn turned the ball past Orr and into the path of Thomson who tried to steer the ball into the net but somehow Jones got his head to the attempt and put the ball out for a corner. From the resulting award Wardrope swept a superb ball into the danger area and although Armstrong found himself unmarked he headed well over the bar.


Talbot were enjoying the bulk of the early play the Blantyre side had a bit of belief about them and forced a number of corners which the home defenders dealt with the in swinging cross balls with relative ease. As the game continued the home side were finding openings down the right wing and on 20 minutes Boylan found Park making a run inside the Vics defence and his short pass was collected by the defender but his shot sailed harmlessly past Orr’s goals. 


Park was proving to be Talbot’s main outlet and was back in action minutes later when he was sent up the wing by Armstrong and although his cross was too high for Boylan it fell into the path of the unmarked Thomson who failed to control the ball and his half heart attempt trundled towards Orr who decided to tip the ball past the post.


With the end of the first half looming Talbot pulled of the move of the game where Boylan laid off a Park clearance into the path of Thomson who in turn sent Smith on his way and although his cross was a bit on the high side the ball fell to Gillies who like Thomson failed to put the chance to good use.


Gibson was the first to go into the book for a late tackle on Smith minutes before the referee blew for the end of proceedings. 


Talbot came out the traps in the opening minutes when a Boylan header sent Smith into the box but dwelt on the pass to Wardrope who when he did receive it did well to keep the ball in play and as it was cleared  by Archibald it fell to Boylan who rifled his shot over the bar. In the 55th minute Talbot had a claim for a hand ball when Thomson’s shot from the edge of the box hit a Vics player but the referee waved play on. The game had become bogged down in the visitors half as Talbot chipped away without troubling the Blantyre defence. Jones found himself in the book in the 64th minute soon followed by Talbot’s Thomson as the match got a wee bit physical. 


In the 73rd minute Wardrope did well to fashion a chance but his effort had no pace to it and it rolled gratefully into Orr’s hands. Talbot made a change on the 75th minute as Boyd replaced Thomson and it was the ex-Meadow man who was to separate the sides in the 87th minute. A long ball down the wing by McPherson looked to be intercepted by McLew but from nowhere Smith appeared to wrestle the ball from him, cut into the box and his pass was stroked into the net by Boyd via the boot of Jones to give Talbot the lead


A minute later all hell broke loose when McLew was shown the red card after having a rush of blood to the head and crashing into Armstrong. A full scale melee then took place between both sets of players with McPherson picking up a card along with Kyle McDonald. The visitors had the Talbot fans holding their breath when K.McDonald stroked a great ball through the Talbot defence and past Glavin’s post. Boyd should have added another when Smith again battled his way into the box but this time his pass to Boyd saw the attacker get the ball lost amongst his feet and as it broke loose Langan skied his shot.


With the game time running down there were last minute substitutions where  McMillan replaced Boylan while Smith was replaced by Abet. The referee’s whistle was heartily accepted by the vast majority of the crowd who had no appetite for another 30 minutes of purgatory. 


TALBOT: Glavin, Park, Gillies, McPherson, Wilson, Langan, Wardrobe, Armstrong, Boylan, Smith, Thomson. SUBS: Boyd, Abet, Black, McMillan, McCracken, Hendry.

BLANTYRE VICS: Orr, Jones, Archibald, Gibson, Kerr, McLew, Bowman, Carroll, Jarvie, Zeb, L.McDonald. SUBS: K.McDonald, Osinski, McMee, Sharp, Gillespie, McGovern, White

Ryan Kennedy

SPONSORED BY: John & Robbie Dunlop, Thistle Cabs Group.


D.O.B: 26/08/2005

TALBOT DEBUT: 29/07/2023 v Pollok WOSL Premier Division. Lost 1-0

FIRST TALBOT GOAL: v Wigtown & Bladnoch, Scottish Cup Preliminary Round 2, 02/09/2023, won 12-0.


Ewan Thomson

SPONSORED BY: Willie Young Loyal Supporters Club

POSITION: Midfield/Defence


D.O.B: 02/12/2004

TALBOT DEBUT: 29/07/2023 v Pollok, WOSL Premier Division. Lost 1-0

FIRST COMPETITIVE GOAL: 02/08/2023 v Gartcairn, WOSL Premier Division

FORMER CLUBS: St Mirren U18’s, St Mirren B, Cowdenbeath (Loan)

Aidan Glavin

SPONSORED BY: Billy Blackmore

POSITION: Goalkeeper


D.O.B: 14/05/2005

TALBOT DEBUT: 29/07/2023 v Pollok WOSL Premier Division. Lost 1-0


FORMER CLUBS: Kilmarnock U18, Beith Juniors (Loan)