SJFA West Region, Central League, Division One
Wishaw Juniors 1 Dunipace Juniors 5 (att 60)
Only pride was at stake as Wishaw and Dunipace completed the Central League schedule, as neither clubs' league position could change regardless of the outcome. But football is always competitive in the Scottish Juniors, and there was no lack of effort in this game.
Wishaw had done their hard work last week, when they'd gained the points they needed to avoid relegation. It was just as well, as after a good start, and an early goal, they were comprehensively beaten.
Having gone behind after four minutes, Dunipace were level by the 10th minute. The visitors scored twice more before half time, and spurned several chances to open up a bigger lead.
Wishaw had more of the possession in the second half, although their efforts to get back into the game were laboured, perhaps the effects of a long season were catching up with them. Dunipace looked to hit their hosts on the break, and did so twice to produce a scoreline that was a little harsh on Wishaw.
I last watched a Wishaw home game in 2007, when they played just up the road at Wishaw Sports Centre. Since then the club has moved, and done well to turn a fenced off area of a public playing field into an acceptable Junior football venue.
Within it's sturdy boundary fence, "The Beltane" has a small covered enclosure, a collection of portable buildings that provide changing rooms, a snack bar, committee room and toilets, and hard standing along one side of the railed-off pitch. Dugouts face eachother on either side of the pitch, and plenty of advertising boards suggest the club is doing well to harness support from the local community.