Sep 27 2012 By Katy Gordon
Strathearn Grove travelled to Wellbank on Saturday for a North of Tay Cup tie and walked away with a result better than anyone could have hoped for.
With regular keeper Young unavailable, Fraser Deacon picked up the gloves.
Keir Cramb had a first start on the left and, having missed the last few games, Gary McGlashan returned at centre half.
With Del Mathieson linking up well with the midfield from left back, Grove started well and created a number of chances which this week were taken and within 35 minutes they found themselves seven goals to the good.
The first goal came from Stevie Douglas with a low drive from 20 yards.
Patrick Ward then took over with five goals, the first being slotted home from close range, followed by the pick of the bunch when he cut in from the left and curled the ball into the top right hand corner.
This was followed by a cheeky back heel, before beating the keeper from 12 yards after good work from Cramb. The fifth was passed into the net from inside the box.
In between, Campbell Dewar got on the scoresheet with a trademark drive into the box before finishing.
As the first half drew to a close, Wellbank pulled one back.
The second half started in the same way with Strathearn Grove on the front foot and a further four goals were scored with Dewar completing his hat-trick. The best of Dewar’s goals came after he cut in from the right and curled the ball into the top left with his left foot. with his third being scored from close range. The rout was completed when a good passing move started by Barry Ward was finished by substitute Martin McGougan.
Despite being on route to suffering their worst defeat, Wellbank, who are a well established side celebrating their centenary next year and playing in the Midland league, never gave up and continued to attempt to play attacking football.
A first win of the season for Strathearn Grove with some clinical finishing to progress into the draw for the next round.
This weekend Strathearn Grove will take on Riverside Athletic in the Scottish Cup first round and will be hoping for another good result.
The match will kick off at 2pm.