Eyemouth United v Dundonald Bluebell

2.30pm  20 October 2018

East of Scotland League, Conference B
Eyemouth United 3 Dundonald Bluebell 6 (att 35)

The influx of former junior teams into the East of Scotland League have made this a difficult season for many of the league's long-standing members, faced with much stronger opposition than they're used to.

Eyemouth are still without a league point after this defeat to incomers Dundonald, but the visitors were made to work hard before heading back to Fife with all three points. Had Eyemouth kept 10 men on the pitch they might have pushed them closer.

It was no surprise when Dundonald took an early lead, nor when they doubled it. The visitors third was controversial, coming on the break after an Eyemouth free kick was blocked by a player who looked too close to the ball and who may have used a hand.

But Eyemouth got a lifeline with a well-taken goal just before half time, then had real hope early in the second half when they reduced the deficit to 2-3. Soon after they they thought they'd equalised. but the referee decided the ball hadn't crossed the line.

I think the official was correct, but in the row that followed an Eyemouth player picked up a second booking and was dismissed. What had looked a difficult task became an impossible one for Eyemouth, and after some committed defending they eventually succumbed.

Dundonald built up a 6-2 advantage before a penalty gave Eyemouth some consolation with virtually the final kick of a very enjoyable game.

Eyemouth is a pleasant small town just north of Berwick. The football club play at Warner Park, which is a better venue than I'd expected. I thought it was a one-sided ground for spectators, but in fact there is access all around the pitch, even if it is a bit precarious in places.

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