Match date: 3rd July 2021 Kickoff: 14:00

Dunbar continued their pre-Season fixtures against a Rosyth side who finished sixth in last Season’s Conference League A after Peebles Rovers were unable to fulfil the original fixture. Four changes again to the Dunbar side which included a 17 year old Trialist and a first start for Johnny Edmond who they signed from Preston Athletic.

Not the start the home side were looking for after two minutes when Michael Fairnie was caught in possession by Rosyth’s Tam Hampson as he raced forward and fired a low shot into the net to give the visitors an early lead. Fraser McLaren linked well with Edmond a few minutes later but his chipped shot was saved well by the Rosyth keeper before Grant Thomson saw a shot blocked by a Rosyth defender.

On the half hour mark Keith Tait’s free kick found the head of Darren Handling but again the visiting keeper saved well at full stretch. Rosyth went close in their next attack when a diagonal ball was fired in at the back post before Laing turned it round for a corner from which Tom Hampson headed past completely unmarked and the interval arrived with the visitors still edging it with their early goal.

Rosyth pressed right from the restart and they increased their lead after 48 minutes when a low cross from the right was touched home by Hampson at the back post and things were not looking good for the home side. Again the visitors might have increased their lead further but Grant Thomson came to the rescue with a great tackle before both sides rang the changes.

Darren Handling made space for himself before firing wide and Johnny Edmond created a chance for Dunbar fifteen minutes from time which was blocked three times by the Rosyth defence as the ball just would not fall for the home side.

Four minutes later and Dunbar were thrown a life line when Grant Thomson headed home from a Neave free kick to make the score 1-2 and they went close to equalising when Handling’s low cross was cleared by the Rosyth defence with Edmond possibly impeded inside the box before the referee blew for full time.

Another poor performance from Dunbar with only one win from four Friendlies against Conference League sides especially with the League starting in two weeks time. Next is a glamour Friendly tie on Tuesday night against a Hibs XI side at 7.30 pm.

Dunbar United :- Daniel Laing, Keith Tait, Kieran Ingram, Grant Thomson, Bob Berry, Fraser McLaren, Darren Handling, Johnny Edmond, Michael Fairnie, Nicky Weir, Trialist.

Substitutes :- Michael McFarlane, Andy Jones, John Johnstone, Fraser Neave.

Referee :- Evan Cairns.

Match report courtesy of Laurie Wood
Photos by Gordon Maitland.