Broomfield Park, SJFA North Region Premier League, 4/12/21
Entrance – Me £5, Wee Man £0
Attendance – 35 (biggest count)
Pie – N/A due to last minute change of venue
Pint – N/A due to last minute change of venue
Montrose Roselea Junior Football Club
Founded – 1930
Nickname – The Lea
Honours – Tayside Division One – 2001/02, East Region North– 2008/09, DJ Laing Homes League Cup 2002/03, 2003/04, Angus Junior League -1947/48, 1949/50, 1952/53.
Random Fact – A famous alumni of the club is Gordon Smith, the only man to win the Scottish top flight with three clubs. Hibs (3) , Hearts, Dundee.
With Montrose FC having a Scottish Cup replay at Links Park today, this game was moved to the Lea’s other ground Broomfield Park. I only noticed this this morning and immediately changed the days plans to accommodate this rare chance to get down to the Montrose beach. Good thing too as the original plan of Luncarty v Peebles Rovers was a victim of the rain. Not surprising as it was torrential around Perth on the way back from Clydebank last night. With the rain still falling heavily I was fully expecting to find this game to be off on arrival in Montrose but we were in luck as there were cones on the park set up for the warm up and plenty of cars parked up. Game on. With the biblical rain we had no plans pre-game and just opted for a picnic and Off the Ball in the car outside the ground.
One thing about Broomfield that was to work in our favour were the enclosures. Bloody hell we needed our hide away behind the goal. The rain was relentless. Wee Man had his yellow ball but it didn’t see many kicks. But it was cold too. Without shelter this would have been a miserable experience, the players looked miserable playing in it, let alone standing stationary. The crowd was small and the weather must have had something to do with it, people came and people went and it got smaller too during the second half as many left for Links Park but Wee Man and me stuck it out in the same corner of our shed and both enjoyed seeing the destruction unfold.
Before my last trip offshore we watched Bridge of Don Thistle scud Ellon United 7 v 1(also in a monsoon) and I was impressed with them, this was a continuation and was as one sided as we are likely to see this season. Two minutes on the clock and it was 1-0 when the BOD 23 was picked out with a cross which he simply headed home with not one Montrose man around him.(My 150th viewed goal of the season). Chris Angus made it two shortly after when he broke free down the right as he cut into the box he looked for his team mates who had inexplicably not supported him. No problem though and the look of “oh well I’ll do it myself” on the ex Locos mans face was a picture before he nonchalantly used the outside of his right foot to bend a superb effort into the far corner. Two nil and it was looking like the floodgates were opening and nothing to do with the weather. The pitch was clearly cutting up early and the game was littered with sliding tackles. There were was a touch of the old school about this. It didn’t take long for the ball to have bounce issues and when it did bounce it was not much. A third came via some more poor defending when McKeown put a ball into the box which was knocked on to 7 who had a free header. The whole home defence just stood and watched this ball and its trajectory. Leaving the keeper to pick it out the net for the third time. Then it was four when Angus finished off a rapid break with a precision finish into the bottom left. The keeper didn’t even budge to try and save it, did he not fancy diving in his quagmire goal mouth? The Thistle tried his luck from 25 yards with a low effort and it was five, but yet again the keeper made no effort to dive and save it. A bizarre couple of minutes from the Roselea number one. By this time the pitch was starting to resemble something from North France in World War One and when Thistle’s 7 slid in to block a keeper clearance he pretty much dug a six foot long trench with his body as he slid. I did have visions of an abandonment as half time approached.
HT 0 v 5
Over the break the rain hitting the enclosure seemed to quadruple in decibels. The abandonment thoughts continued as I watched the Bridge of Don subs not even bother to face a warm up as they hid in the dug out for fifteen minutes. As the management appeared out of the club house they leapt to their feet and pretended they had been at it all break. Sneaky buggers. More amusing than that, Bridge of Don keeper Andy Shearer had grabbed a broom and was brushing the water out of his goal mouth before the restart. Quite the sight.
When the game kicked off it was apparent what the heavier down pour at half time had done to the pitch. There were puddles formed at the far end goal with the ball stopping dead and the surf being well up when a sliding tackle went in. But the sides just got on with it and to be honest, Montrose looked a different team in the opening ten minutes and penned Thistle back with a few efforts created. One almost leading to a calamity for Shearer in the goal who seemed to misjudge a simple shot and juggle it at his post. It possible hit the upright too. Had Bridge of Don came out thinking this was now a formality, their manager thought so and was absolutely apoplectic on the sidelines and rightly so. The were very poor in the spell. But it did not last. Angus went on to complete his hat-trick from the penalty spot when a blatant hand ball was committed in the box. I am surprised Angus could find the spot as it was the wettest part of the pitch. If you are to take a pen this is how you do it. He absolutely leathered it down the middle and in off the bar. It was some strike. Bridge of Don were not finished and 7 added a seventh and grabbed a brace with a very cool finish from inside the box and the scoring was rounded off by substitute 28 who headed home from close range, again due to poor defending. It was eight but it could have and should have been more but for some wasteful finishing from Thistle in the latter stages as they just decided to have a game of “shooty in” instead of working as a team. With Banks o Dee regularly bullying teams into double figures, goal difference may come into it come April. Teams at the top should be trying to rattle as many as they can just in case. That is twice BOD should have been into double figures this season and haven’t been when we have been watching. But there is no doubting they are a good team.
I am glad this opportunity to visit Broomfield came to us as I am a big fan. It has character and is a proper Junior ground. I have been to Links Park but I would much rather play here. I don’t know if its the surrounds or the quality enclosures or just a mixture of it all. To me it just seems to tick all the boxes for a Junior ground. It is a shame they only use it occasionally as it is a beauty. Is Links Park part of the deal of the re-branding of the club. Roselea changed their badge(see above) and colours a couple of years back in what is an affiliation type move. On today’s performance it will not reap any benefit for the towns big team. On the Gable Endies, we could have headed over and caught them v Kelty Hearts but one game in that weather was enough. The A92 was flooding in parts on the way home too so getting home when we did was probably the safer option.
A bonus visit to a rare ground, rare as in not used often and also as in a great wee place. Who cares about the weather really. It was worth it. Shame the game was so one sided. An enjoyable afternoon none the less and another ground added to the North Region Juniors pile.
Me 217, Wee Man 86
The welcome in the clubhouse