Cup stalemate for Bellshill Athletic

Bellshill Athletic couldn’t break down lower league Wishaw Juniors in last Saturday’s frustrating 0-0 Scottish Junior Cup first round stalemate at Rockburn Park.

The visitors dealt comfortably with Bellshill’s attempts to break the deadlock.

Wishaw went close in the opening minute when Grant sent McGeachie clear and ’Hill defender Brophy blocked his goalbound shot.

Collander and Woodlock had shots saved by Bellshill keeper Fitzpatrick and a Grant free-kick went narrowly over the top.

Wishaw keeper Thomson saved a well struck Duffy effort after 22 minutes and four minutes later the keeper pushed a Millar shot behind.

Morton and Millar had efforts saved and Duffy headed a Millar cross over the bar from 10 yards.

In the opening three minutes of the second half, Bellshill were denied two clear cut penalties.

Wishaw defender Watt clearly handled a Henderson cross in the 46th minute and 60 seconds later Kindlaw brought down McGrath as he raced clear but the referee allowed play to continue.

As Bellshill pushed forward Duffy sent Henderson clear but his shot went over the top. McGrath and Millar passed up decent chances and Wishaw keeper Thomson did well to keep out efforts by McGowan and Duffy to keep the scoresheet blank.

A 77th minute Collander free-kick went close for Wishaw and ‘Hill keeper Fitzpatrick did well to keep out a Kindlaw long range shot as the visitors drove forward.

In the 83rd minute Morton raced past two Wishaw defenders and fired a shot off the bar. The fans will be hoping for a more entertaining 90 minutes in this Saturday’s replay at Wishaw’s Beltane Park.

Bellshill manager David Lilley said: “The replay will be tough because Wishaw are workmanlike and physically strong. Their pitch is wider than ours but hopefully we can use that to our advantage as we feel we are quite strong in the wide areas.”

Bellshill will again be without long term injury absentees Mark Peat and Darren Ferguson.