Former Clyde and Queen of the South striker Davie Christie hit the crucial second half winner as Amateur Football newcomers Renfrew Rovers defeated Anchor Sociedad 3-2 on the Beith Astro. Over and above the full-time result Rovers player- manager Scott Perry said: “We are delighted this game went ahead without any set- backs given our previous fixture fell foul to the now relaxed restrictions surrounding Football.
“The fixture against Anchor was vitality important for a variety of reasons. Primarily to get a look at the new squad, get minutes in the legs and to see how we would gauge against a reputable side in a higher division.”
“This was a game we really wanted to win to give us some momentum to build upon and the guys never let me down, to a man they were fantastic!! Some strong performances all over the park, Ronnie McDonald, Danny Muir, Ross McAlear, Owen Porter and Aiden Thorburn were especially outstanding on the day but I didn’t see a below par performance out there.”
Renfrew took the game to Anchor and were unfortunate not to take the lead when Andy Hunt battered the woodwork with a half volley from 15 yards. Anchor were busy and a threat especially at set pieces as they have a few big lads in their side. Renfrew dealt with that over the piece, despite losing a slack goal from a corner in the second half.
Renfrew deservedly went ahead after 30 minutes of high pressure. Garry McMillan despatched a free-kick into the bottom corner after Scott MacAskill was fouled whilst going through on goal. Renfrew instantly looked for a second goal, but Anchor stood firm at the back, and Renfrew went in 1-0 to the good at half time. On the resumption, Rovers hit the woodwork through Captain Danny Muir from the penalty spot.
Anchor had worked their way into the game using the wide areas when Renfrew struck again in what was one of the moves of the game, Owen Porter linked up with Aiden Thorburn, who continued his run from midfield and finished into the top left hand corner. Rovers went looking for more and the Anchor keeper pulled off a superb double save.
Anchor were a threat and Renfrew Manager Scott Perry changed the team shape .Within minutes, Anchor had the ball in the net, when their left midfielder found space out wide and managed to get a shot away which was initially saved by Rovers goalkeeper Walton, but was well followed up to score the rebound.
Renfrew went for it and threw on striker Davie Christie sensing there were goals and went three up top. Within minutes it paid off. Another good move and a driven delivery by McAlear was met by Christie, who smashed the ball home. Had their final ball been better inside the last quarter Renfrew could had scored more, but Anchor were far from finished and ultimately their tactics of getting the ball forward paid off.
A great cross to the back post had been well defended well by Greig Perry for a corner, which was swung in and finished off with a powerful header high into the roof of the net. Goalkeeper Walton may have done better when he looks back on the goal. Renfrew stood firm amid more pressure to get off to winning ways.
Frew gaffer Scott Perry added: “We could have taken an easier fixture on paper to start us off but we won’t learn anything about ourselves going down that road. I was particularly impressed on how we reacted after missing a penalty and conceding the two goals. Anchor are no slouches and posed us problems at times.
“There’s more to come from this group however, this is just one result, it’s a friendly and ultimately only counts for minutes etc. We will stay grounded and go about our business as professionally as possible, and see where it takes us. Credit to Anchor. A fixture played in the right manner and a fine advert for the GDSFC.”