Dunbar United v Rosyth

2.30pm  12 March 2016

SJFA East Region, South Division
Dunbar United 7 Rosyth 2 (att 85)

I've been making slow progress with Scottish Junior grounds this season. New Countess Park in Dunbar was only the second one I've managed, but it was an enjoyable, if one-sided, 90 minutes that reminded me why I enjoy this grade of football.

Dunbar are towards the top end of this league, the third and lowest tier of East Region football, but promotion looks to be out of reach. Rosyth are lower down the table, and were blown away by the home side.

I don't usually take sides when watching games, I enjoy football as a neutral, but I was rooting for Dunbar in this. Not only were the home side friendly and welcoming (I was invited into the committee room for a half time cuppa), but Rosyth's roughhouse tactics, and their complaints when decisions went against them, became tiresome.

At one point in the first half the referee booked three Rosyth players in as many minutes. Amazingly they finished the game with 11 on the field, but one of their coaching staff was dismissed from the dugout.

It was all to no avail though, as Dunbar waltzed to a comprehensive victory. They should have scored more than the two goals they got in the first half, and could easily have added more than the five they got after the break. Dunbar switched off near the end, and Rosyth scored the game's final two goals, one a penalty.

New Countess Park is newish venue, at least by Scottish Junior standards. It's neat and tidy, with hard standing all around the pitch, some cover, and a tea bar selling hot food including an excellent steak pie.

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