Bannockburn AFC.........3

Drumchapel AFC...........2

Foster's Central Scottish AFL

BANNOCKBURN returned to league business with a dramatic late win over long term rivals Drumchapel Amateurs.

In a somewhat misty start, both teams spent time sensing one another out.

An early great cross from Michael Weir went whizzing across goal begging to be converted.

However on 14 minutes, Drumchapel’s first serious attack put their cross over Kenny McLellan's head giving a free header and the opener to the Drum’s number 8.

Some super perseverance by Steven Knox then gave David Donaldson a chance, which went straight to the keeper.

On the half hour a Knox shot didn't trouble the keeper, though just minutes before half time, a Gary Currie shot got a fortunate bobble to give Burn a deserved equaliser.

The second half started with lots of huffing and puffing from both teams but few clear chances.

On the hour with fans shouting at Nick McIntosh to pass he smashed a shot from 30 yards.

Its power was so great that it hit the diving keeper, lost some but not all of its momentum, continued under him and trundled into the net.

As is the way, however, within five minutes the Drum number 8, and oldest man on the field, equalised to make it 2-2.

Nevertheless, Burn showed their character and resolve to create chances. A McLellan free kick and Darren Walker header were examples though they didn't seriously threaten.

Substitutions followed with Knox and McIntosh off for Allan Green and Ross Cavanagh followed by Weir for Scott McFarlane.

With five to go Green had a goal bound shot which was well saved by the keeper, but in the dying seconds Green blasted another effort past the keeper to give Burn their third goal and all three points.

The club thanks Robertson Training for their training gear.

This week’s lucky numbers were 6, 19, 24 with no winners.

It will be a free week this Saturday for the team, though there is a bus list in the Tartan Arms for the Scottish Cup tie in Dundee on February 4.