22nd May


Chirnside played for the first time in over a month against a team in Pencaitland who had already sewn up the league and had been playing regularly ! As expected, it was the away team who started stronger and it was no surprise when they took the lead after ten minutes following a corner. A half chance for Chirnside was the closest they came to scoring the equaliser, but then the away team scored again after half an hour, the striker finishing off a good move down the left. The second half started and Pencaitland could have had three but for a bad miss, and this gave Chirnside hope and they pulled one back when Blaikie blasted in after Windrams shot had been saved. Blaikie then missed a chance when he couldn't quite get on the end of a McCrudden cross. Chirnside did grab the equaliser when Windram finished calmly following a good pass from Stobie. Cowe then kept Chirnside in it with a string of good saves, and both teams hit the woodwork but in the end it was a draw. Chirnside have at last finished their season.



21st April


Chirnside came out of their penultimate game of the season as winners over Newtown, but the 4-2 result was not as comfortable as it might look, and indeed the game was in the balance right up until added on time at the end of the game ! The away team started brighter, carving out a number of chances, but they found keeper Johnny Cowe in inspired form as he kept out everything they could throw at him, helped on one occasion by a massive slice of luck when a deflected shot hit the post, left him stranded, but the ball bounced right into his arms. Chirnside then hit the sucker punch, they broke up field, McCrudden fed Windram, he crossed for Lauder to score at the back post. Chirnside did create a few other chances, but the score stayed at 1-0 at half time. After the break it was again the away team who started brighter, this time though they made no mistake finding the net with a towering header from a corner. Chirnside hit back immediately, with Lauder scoring a sensational over head kick leaving the keeper with no chance. Newtown then hit back though, equalising via a deflected shot. The game was now in the balance, but Chirnside struck when a shot from Wood was parried by the keeper, and Lauder nipped in to score, and net a well deserved hat trick. Right at the end of the game, a slack back pass from Wood left the striker one on one with Cowe, but his first half form was repeated here as he made an outstanding block, Chirnside then broke up the pitch from this and grabbed a fourth goal, Lauder turning provider for sub Keir Blaikie to score and make it 4-2. Chirnside now take on Pencaitland in their final game of the season on Thursday.



14th April


Chirnside had a blank weekend on the 7th April, but they were back in league action this past week when they entertained Langholm Legion at Comrades Park, the team they last played before their week off. Chirnside started the brighter team in this one, playing some nice football and they created the first chances of the game, and they went in front when Lauder took one of those chances, finishing off a cross from McCrudden, but this was a move that started with keeper Cowe ! Chirnside had other chances to extend their lead, but didn't take them, and Legion came back into it in the 15 minutes before half time, but didn't create anything of note. Chirnside went in 1-0 at the break, however, not long into the second half, the game was level when the striker finished well. Chirnside then wasted more chances to go in front, and were caught when Legion took the lead - a 30 yard half volley going in off the bar. Despite this, Chirnside kept going and created chances, one of which was bravely put away by captain Young. This should have spurred Chirnside on for the win, but Legion again took the lead when a mix up gave the striker a chance he couldn't miss, all credit to the men in green, they didn't stop battling and a wonderful 30 yard free kick from Young put them level, his shot going round the wall and in off the post to give Chirnside a draw. Next up for Chirnside is a home tie against Newtown.



31st March


Chirnside put the 2 defeats to Leithen Rovers behind them with 3 points away at Langholm Legion which almost certainly ensures they will be playing in the A league again next season. Both teams started the game struggling to adapt to the pitch conditions, but it was Chirnside who adapted quicker, a throw in from Stobie eventully finding Windram who scored a neat finish to put the away side 1 up. Chances were thin on the ground for the rest of the half, but Langholm did hit the post, but this was the closest either team came. The second half Chirnside came flying out the blocks and went 2-0 up almost immediately when good work from Morrison, McCrudden and Windram set up Lauder to score. After an hour it was 3-0 to Chirnside with captain Young scoring a special goal from 20 yards with the outside of his left foot. Chirnside were now cruising although they did concede when Christie was harshly adjudged to have fouled the striker and the resultant penalty was scored for a late consolation. The game ended with no further scoring, a good 3 points for Chirnside. They now have 3 home league games coming up to end the season with Langholm, Newtown and Pencaitland all due to visit Comrades Park.



24th March


Chirnside's involvement in the Waddell Cup is over for another season after Leithen Rovers left Comrades Park the victors in a cracking cup tie. Although this tie was won by one goal against the same team, it couldn't have been more different in the way it played out compared to last week. It got off to the worst possible start for Chirnside as they found themselves two down after 10 minutes, and then despite playing well, they were 3-0 down at half time. They changed formation at half time and this seemed to work, and it wasn't long before Windram pulled a goal back. Chirnside were awarded a penalty after 75 minutes, but the chance to get a bit closer to Leithen was passed up as the normally reliable Young missed his spot kick. Chirnside did eventually get one back through Strachan, and with 5 minutes left it was all Chirnside but some resolute defending kept them one behind. Leithen did miss a glorious chance to win 4-2 with 11 Chirnside players caught up field, but they missed the chance, however they did see out injury time to go through on the day. Next up for Chirnside is a tie away to Langholm in the league.



17th March


Chirnside performed very well away at Leithen Rovers, but came away with nothing to show for it this past weekend. After some good early play, they found themselves one up after 15 minutes, lone striker Lauder reacting first to a parry out from the home keeper to put the papermakers ahead. Recalled keeper Luggett was in good form to preserve the lead, making a few good stops and these proved crucial when Chirnside extended their lead after 20 minutes, a corner from Strachan headed in by Blacklock on his first start of the season. Ten minutes before the break though, Chirnside conceded a goal when keeper Luggett and midfielder Hoyle collided, resulting in an own goal accredited to Hoyle. This was a blow to Chirnside as they had not looked like conceding, but they went in 2-1 up at half time. Ten minutes into the second half, it was all level, a cross from the right evaded everybody and went in the bottom corner. The home side then went ahead when a partially cleared corner was put back in, and with keeper Luggett unsighted the ball crept in. Chirnside didn't let this bother them, and they equalised when McCrudden showed excellent technique to volley in a cross from Stobie. However, at the death, Leithen scored the winner when a cross was chested in at the back post, despite protestations from Stobie that he was tripped in the build up. A loss, but a creditable performance from Chirnside. Chirnside do have an immediate chance for revenge, as they now play Leithen at home this weekend in the Waddell Cup.


3rd March


Chirnside struggled against 'C' league team Tweedmouth Amateurs Colts this past weekend, but in the end they went through to the next round of the Waddell Cup where they will meet Leithen Rovers at Comrades Park. Chirnside started off the brighter of the two teams, but couldn't find the net despite their dominance. Chirnside were very wasteful with possession, especially in the final third and this was costing them the lead in the match. They did eventually take the lead, but it was from a set piece, a thumping header from captain Chris Young from Strachans corner. Following a miss from Windram called "the worst decision and miss ever seen at Comrades Park" Chirnside doubled their lead from another corner, this time Purves meeting the ball with a thumping header. Half time came with Chirnside 2-0 up and in control. The second half started and it was the away team in charge of things, with Chirnside getting sloppy and complacent, Tweedmouth then got a well deserved goal following a good move which was finished well. The away team were well on top, and Chirnside introduced Morrison and Keir Blaikie to the game, but more slack marking saw Tweedmouth draw level when the striker shot home from 25 yards. This gave Chirnside the proverbial kick up the backside, and they then started to play a little better, when another set piece came up trumps for them, Morrison meeting a Strachan corner, which was given the final touch by Windram, atoning for his previous "worst miss ever" ! Centre half Christie then showed his bravery, throwing himself in front of a goal bound effort to keep Chirnside ahead, this proved crucial when Windram then made further amends to score his second following good work from Blaikie. Chirnside held out, despite some good play from the away team to go through 4-2.



25th February


Chirnside had no game this week due to the way the fixtures worked !



18th February


Chirnside saw their chances of South Cup glory go out the window this past weekend, as they turned in a poor performance at home to Penicuik United. Despite scoring the first and last goals in the game, they went out as in between those, they conceded four. Playing into the wind, Chirnside scored first, on their third good chance of the half when Blaikie volleyed in a Turner free kick on 15 minutes. Chirnside then held firm against a barrage of shots from the away team, but five minutes before the break Penicuik scored, and the teams went in level. Chirnside had the winds at their back in the second half and must have thought they would have the advantage, this didn't turn out to be the case however, as the away team scored three times in the second half to seal the tie, despite Chirnside having some chances, and a goal disallowed. Windram scored for Chirnside in injury time to make it 4-2, but it was the away team who went through, leaving Chirnside very disappointed at their exit. Chirnside now have a blank week on the 25th February, and return to action in the Waddell Cup on 3rd March at home to mid table 'C' League side Tweedmouth Amateurs Colts.



11th February


Chirnside put in one of their best performances of the season this past weekend as they travelled to West Barns and came back with a 4-0 win. West Barns were 3rd in the league before the game kicked off, and Chirnside were third bottom, but the men in green made it look the other way with an assured performance, based on a very good defensive display, and rounded off with some good football played, resulting in chances being created, and crucially, taken. 2 goals in each half gave Chirnside their 4-0, which they fully deserved on the day. Goals came from Turner, Blaikie, Windram and Lauder. Chirnside now take on Penicuik United in the South Cup at home next week (18th Feb).



4th February


Chirnside's game was called off this past weekend due to a frozen pitch.



28th January


Chirnside grabbed the win in a bottom of the table clash against Hawick Legion this past weekend in what was a real "6 pointer". Chirnside started the brighter in the game, especially the first 20 minutes, but couldn't put the ball in the net, both sides then hit the woodwork before the away team took the lead from a free kick which left the keeper with no chance. The away team then dominated the game, but couldn't add to their tally thanks to some resolute Chirnside defending. The home team did have 1 chance to go in level at half time, but the away keeper saved well. This really did end up the proverbial "game of two halves", Chirnside coming out looking determined, it took a couple of changes from manager Blaikie, introducing Windram and Jocky Turner to the fray, it didn't take long for the subs to combine to equalise, Windram eventually turning in a Turner corner. Morrison then scored from a Turner free kick to put Chirnside ahead for the first time. The home team then had two goals chalked off for offside before the opposition were reduced to 10 men following a bad challenge on Young. After this, there was only 1 winner and it wasn't long before Chirnside extended their lead, through that man Turner, before captain Young rounded off a great 4-1 home win which put Chirnside above local rivals Duns.



21st January


Chirnside went through to the next round in the South Cup this weekend, with a 5-4 victory away to Upper Annandale, the long journey to Dumfries and Galloway obviously not affecting them ! Chirnside were fast out of the blocks and it was no surprise when they took the lead after 10 minutes, young Greg McCrudden finishing off a good team move. A good save from Cowe kept them ahead, Chirnside then seemed content to hit Annandale on the break and it paid off when Lauder put them 2 up. It got even better for Chirnside, and for McCrudden as he added his second and Chirnsides third goal before half time. Chirnside did push for a 4th but it didn't come and they went in at half time three goals to the good. The home team came out quickly after the break, but another Chirnside counter saw them go 4-0 up, a good finish from Blaikie inside the box. The home team did get on the scoresheet after 70 mins when Chirnside failed to clear. Chirnside didn't let this get to them, and restored their 4 goal cushion from a set piece involving Stobie, Kelly and finished by Lauder. The final 10 minutes then went a little crazy as Chirnside pressed the self destruct button on three occasions, twice sloppy defending at set pieces, and a penalty which saw Kelly red carded for deliberate hand ball. In the end though, Chirnside hung on for the win, but they made it a lot harder than it should have been. Next up they have a home match against bottom team Hawick Legion.



14th January


Chirnside entertained Tweeddale Rovers in the Beveridge Cup, the teams being familiar with each other, this being the FOURTH meeting of the season between them. After an even first 10 minutes, it was the away team who took control of the game, and following some good play they took the lead after a short corner caught Chirnside on the back foot. They continued to play well and extended their lead further when the striker ran through to convert, despite the offside claims from Chirnside. 2-0 down at half time, and it got worse for Chirnside, the away team again playing better and with the aid of a deflection, they went 3-0 up. Cue the substitutes for Chirnside, with Kelly and Turner getting the nod, and finally this seemed to spark some impetus into Chirnsides play. It paid dividends almost immediately, with Turner finding Lauder with a glorious pass, the youngster cut inside into the box, was brought down and Turner put away the resultant penalty. Both sides went down to 10 men shortly after, the away team man receiving a 2nd yellow for a challenge on Stobie, but it was no punishment as Stobie had to go off and with no more subs, it was 10 v 10. Turner then showed his class with a fantastic volley with 5 minutes remaining to make it 2-3, but that was it in the scoring, Tweeddale hung on and went through to the next round. Next up for Chirnside is a tie away to Upper Annandale in the South Cup.



7th January


Chirnside brought in 2012 with some style, routing Duns 5-0 in their own backyard to start the year. Chirnside welcomed back club captain Chris Young to the side following a few months out with a broken foot. Neither team had played for over a month with postponements and the Xmas break, but it was Chirnside who looked refreshed for the break, as despite the wind, they played some neat football, consistenly putting pressure on the Duns defence. Chirnside actually hit the woodwork twice before they took the lead after 30 minutes, Lauder heading their first 2012 goal following good work from Stobie. At half time, despite the dominance of the away team, it was only 1-0. Chirnside came out and played in the same way they had the first half, creating chances, and they were soon 2 up when Morrison battled hard to set up Windram to score. Another shot hit the woodwork from Blaikie, before he was upended in the box, and captain Young scored the resultant penalty. Not long after, Purves was tripped in the box, and Young again stepped up full of confidence to score once more from 12 yards. Blaikie finally got the goal his play deserved, when he finished off a good move down the left, turning in a cross from Purves. Duns did threaten late on with a good chance, but Cowe kept himself a clean sheet with a good save, either way it would have been academic as Chirnside put on a superb performance. Next up for the papermakers is a home Beveridge Cup tie against Tweeddale Rovers.



26th November


It was the proverbial game of two halves this past Saturday for Chirnside, as wind and rain turned the Border Cup game at Pencaitland into a little bit of a lottery as flowing football was made impossible by the conditions. With the elements against them, Chirnside went in at half time 2 goals down, thanks to a great strike from the opposition left back and an opportunist goal from the striker following a defensive 'after you' from Chirnside, although if it wasn't for a great save from keeper Cowe, it might have been 3. In the 2nd half, with the wind at their backs they played a lot better, and scored within 5 minutes from young McCrudden, the chances came but an offside flag and a wonder save kept them behind, more pressure from Chirnside saw the inevitable happen, and they conceded after all their pressure to lose 3-1. Chirnside have no game on the 3rd Dec, their next action is on the 10th December, weather permitting of course !



19th November


Chirnside put in a superb performance this past Saturday to go through to the next round in the South Cup following a 3 - 1 win over Tweeddale Rovers, it wasn't just the win that was pleasing, but the performance to go with it was outstanding, the best they have produced in a few weeks. Two goals from Jack Windram, who would have had more had it not been for some inspired goal keeping, and a goal from new signing Danny Hoyle put them through on the day, but some good performances all round, notably from Stobie at left back and Keir Blaikie up front unselfishly laying on 2 goals for his team mates saw Chirnside through. They have a very tough game up next though, away to Pencaitland in the Border Cup.



12th November


Chirnside first team players had a free Saturday this past week as their game was called off.



5th November


Chirnside were defeated 4-2 at home by Gala Rovers this past weekend, and the result has now left them with the real possibility of relegation unless results improve quickly, starting with next weekends visit to Langholm Legion. Despite taking the lead after 10 minutes through Strachan, Chirnside went into the half time break 3-1 down. They came out fighting in the second half but conceded another goal, but to their credit they kept trying and were somewhat rewarded when Ireland scored with a free kick, but despite other chances, they couldn't find the net again.



29th October


Chirnside's recent good form deserted them in Peebles this past Saturday, as they slipped to a 2-1 defeat against Tweeddale Rovers. They went behind in the first half following a mix up in the box, but an excellent free kick won and converted into the top corner in some style by Jocky Turner brought them level. They then went back into their shell, but even with the home team having most of the possession, the sides went in level at the break. The second half saw good chances go begging for both sides, but with minutes remaining some slack marking at the back from Chirnside saw them concede, and this time they couldn't find a late equaliser. Chirnside have Gala Rovers next up at home in the league.


22nd October


After 2 draws in 2 weeks, Chirnside pulled off a great performance to defeat title challengers Leithen Rovers 4-2 at Comrades Park. Chirnside absorbed the pressure from the away team in the early stages, and some resolute defending set them up for a goal on the break, which was scored by Jocky Turner. Leithen equalised but Chirnside were not to be denied the lead at half time, and a goal from Lauder duly sent them in ahead. Leithen started the 2nd half the better team, but some more good defending from Chirnside kept them ahead, and they went further ahead when young Ireland scored an unstoppable volley following good work from Wood. Leithen did get one back, but the scoring was completed by Chirnside who even at 3-2 didn't panic and lose the lead like they have in the past, they played their own game and were again rewarded when Kelly scored their 4th following good work from Turner. Leithen had 2 goals ruled out after this, and a penalty claim turned down after their striker handballed first, but Chirnside held on for a much needed, and much deserved win.



15th October


Chirnside secured their second 2-2 draw in 2 weeks when they travelled to Newtown in a bottom of the league clash this past Saturday, Chirnside really showed their battling qualities in this game, twice coming from behind to equalise in this game, although even the most ardent home fans would be hard pushed to say that they deserved anything, with the men in green hitting the post on FOUR occasions during the game ! Keir Blaikie continued his good scoring run, although this time he will admit that the keeper gave him an assist, and it was again up to veteran Jocky Turner to score a late penalty, again the big man making it look very easy indeed.

Sad news for Chirnside on the day was a horror injury sustained by sweeper Craig 'Dish' Dishington, who has badly damaged both his medial ligament and cruciate ligament in his knee, everyone associated by the club wishes 'Dish' the very best and a speedy recovery.


8th October


As he has done so many times in his Chirnside appearances against Duns, Jocky Turner again denied the Dingers at the death with a cool-as-a-cucumber penalty in injury time to salvage a 2-2 draw. Turner had earlier scored another penalty after Stobie was brought down in the box, and the injury time one was again down to the same two players ! Chirnside found themselves 2 down at half time and really had to fight, but the better form they had shown in recent weeks, along side a determination and not letting their heads drop attitude combined to get them a draw that on the balance of play they probably deserved.


1st October


Chirnside gained their first win of the season with a 3-1 home victory over West Barns Star in the Border Cup at Comrades Park. Chirnside started the game off well and got some reward after 10 minutes when Windram scored following good work from young McCrudden, Windram playing up front following a couple of changes from manager Blaikie and rewarding those changes with a good finish. Chirnside kept threatening but had keeper Cowe to thank for keeping it level, a great save to keep the game 1-0, the importance of that save was underlined when a few minutes later Aidan Lauder scored. Chirnside started the 2nd half the same way, looking to kill the game off, and after 10 minutes of the second half, Windram popped up again to round the keeper and make it 3-0. West Barns then came into the game a lot more, but Chirnside looked sharp on the break, but it was the away team who scored to make it 3-1, and despite a miss from Kelly late on, Chirnside held on well for their first win of the season. A morale boosting win to take into the home game with Duns next week.



24th September


Late goals punished Chirnside again, just when they thought they had gained a point away at Hawick, an injury time penalty condemned them to another loss. Following an uneventful first half, the home team took the lead in the second half following a screamer from the midfielder. Chirnside were given a chance to equalise when they were awarded a penalty, but Lough's spot kick was well saved by the keeper. In the last minute Chirnside were awarded another penalty and this time they got the equalier when Graham Kelly scored. From the kick off though, the home team went up the other end, won a soft penalty award, scored and won. To make things worse for Chirnside, captain Chris Young was ruled out for 2 months with a broken metatarsal, or foot if you prefer !



17th September


Chirnside came oh-so-close to their first win of the season, but letting in two goals in the last few minutes of the game cost them, and the 1 point they gained felt like two points lost. They took the lead 10 minutes before half time when striker Lauder headed in a Windram cross. They had a few chances to expand their lead, but couldn't quite find the net, again a mix of bad luck and bad judgement costing them. 15 minutes from time though, they were awarded a penalty when Lough was fouled in the box, captain Young making no mistake from the spot. A few more wasted chances from the home side cost them dear, as with only injury time remaining the away team scored 2 soft goals to gain the draw.


10th September


A trip to Pencaitland ended empty handed for Chirnside this past weekend as they went down 4-1, although they matched the home team in the first half which ended 1 - 1, three unanswered goals in the second half let them down. Chirnside did have their chances in the second half, but a combination of good goalkeeping and poor finishing made sure they only scored 1 on the day. The goal they did score was another for Keir Blaikie, he went through a few challenges and produced a good left footed finish to keep up his impressive recent scoring record.


3rd September


Chirnside travelled to Hawick Waverley with a depleted squad on Saturday, no recognised goalkeeper and missing Paul Cowe who has left the club. This meant a start in goal for Duncan 'The Cat' Morrison !! Sadly for Dunc, the first thing he had to do was pick the ball out of the net, although this kicked Chirnside into life and they equalised through Keir Blaikie, then took the lead when striker Lauder scored. With only ten minutes on the clock though, it was 2-2 as Waverley scored again. Waverley then scored again, but Chirnside fought back once more as striker Lough scored. It looked like being 3-3 at half time, but Waverley scored before the break to lead 4-3 following a goal filled first half. The second half was not as exciting, and Waverley were the only team to score, scoring twice to seal an emphatic 6-3 win.



30th August


Despite taking an early lead from a Chris Young penalty, Chirnside lost 4-3 to West Barns Star on Tuesday. They bossed the first half but could only go in 2-1 up, following a goal from Keir Blaikie to add to Youngs earlier penalty. They then found themselves behind as Star scored twice in the second half, but it was short lived as another goal from Blaikie brought them level. With both teams looking for the winner, it was obvious goal 7 would be vital, and that's how it proved to be, a poor clearance was slammed in from 25 yards for Star to take the 3 points.



23rd August


In their first away match of the season, Chirnside tasted defeat for the 2nd time in 3 days as Gala Rovers. Chirnside only travelled with 12 players and manager Dod Blaikie, so team selection wasn't so much chosen as forced. Chirnside went behind early on, but following a penalty from Jocky Turner they equalised, but stil went into half time behind as Gala regained the lead. Manager Blaikie read the riot act at half time and it did inspire Chirnside in the second half, and some bad luck cost them an equaliser on a couple of occasions, Jocky Turner being too honest and not going down when clipped by the keeper and the same player falling foul of a horrendous bobble which made him scuff his shot straight to the keeper. Inevitably, after these events Gala wrapped up the game with a goal themselves following a ricocheted clearance from P.Cowe the Gala striker was sent clean through, sadly for Chirnside, no bobble and he made no mistake and Gala recorded a 3-1 win. No game on Saturday for Chirnside, they return to action on Tuesday 30th against West Barns Star at home.



20th August


Chirnside kicked off the new 2011/2012 season at home against Hawick Waverley but went down 3-2 on the day after shooting themselves in the foot on more than 1 occasion to gift the away side easy goals. The young Chirnside team did take the lead in the game when Windram set up Lauder to open the scoring, however this was short lived as roughly a minute later a mistake from P.Cowe saw Waverley draw level. It remained 1-1 until half time. The second half kicked off with Chirnside playing well, but crucially not scoring, and Waverley punished them when a half cleared corner was volleyed in to put them behind. Following some more good play from Chirnside, they did score this time when Young set up Lauder, and he bagged his second of the game. However, another case of shooting in the foot happened two minutes later when a mistake by Strachan let Waverley in for what proved to be the winner.