Hill of Beath Hawthorn 4
Kiers Park, Hill of Beath
Hill Of Beath got a much needed win, and grabbed a few confidence boosting goals, against mid-table rivals Camelon at Kiers Park. To commemorate Remembrance weekend, both sides observed a minutes silence before kick-off. But the goodwill didn't last long, as both sides went on the offensive from the start, trying to put recent bad results behind them.
The Haws were having the best of the opening exchanges, but they couldn't turn possession into chances. They were working the visiting defence without really troubling the keeper, and Camelon were looking dangerous on the break. The visitors had the ball on the net, but the linesman flagged for offside, and the Haws were off the hook.
It was a hard fought contest, and neither side was hold back in the tackle. Right-back Leishman was in the thick of it, and went down holding his face a couple of times. But neither side could make the break through and they headed for the changing rooms with the game scoreless.
The second half started as the first had finished, with the home side looking the most likely. Things were getting a bit tasty, and the tackles were starting to fly in. Grierson was taken out on a flying run down the left side, and it looked like things might boil over. It was a nasty looking challenge, and some refs would have pulled out the red, but he only flashed the yellow. The Haws had the perfect response though, when Smith whipped the free-kick into the box and Lewis Elder rose highest and nodded home to break the deadlock.
The home side had the initiative now, and grabbed a second when Conners released Elder on the left. Elder made it to the bye-line and squared for Daniel Watt, who slotted a cool finish past the keeper.
The visitors were on the ropes, and the Haws went in for the kill - Callum Adamson should have made it three when he was one on one with the keeper, but he clipped his shot over the bar. Camelon were trying hard to get back into the game, but Adamson soon made up for his miss and killed the game off, when he flicked a header into the top corner to make it 3-0.
Eight minutes from time, Haws got a penalty after Elder was shoulder charged in the box. It was needless challenge - he was heading wide with no support - but he picked himself up and converted from the spot to put a bit of gloss on the scoreline.
The win sees the Fifers leapfrog Camelon into 9th in the table and will be keen to build on this win when they travel to Newtongrange next weekend