HELENSBURGH FC made it a fantastic eight wins in a row on Saturday thanks to a 4-1 defeat of Glenvale in the third round of the Bobby Thomson Challenge Cup.

Burgh made light of the wet and windy conditions at Ferguslie Sports Centre, and it was no surprise to see the visitors open the scoring after 13 minutes, when Dougie Black intercepted a cross-field pass and picked out Brooks Tadlock, who fired a low, angled drive into the corner.

Helensburgh too often tried to force the final pass, struggling to create clear-cut chances, but just after the half-hour mark David Sinclair surged past his opponent down the right flank before setting up David Allan to rattle home the second.

Coach Russell Makeham made two changes at half-time, bringing on Karl Johansson and David Wilkie in place of Black and Marc McNeil –and it was Johansson who made it three early in the second half, converting Caleb Phipps' lay-off with a composed right-foot finish into the corner.

Burgh keeper Paul Cavana had been a spectator for most of the first hour, but as the wind, which was behind Glenvale in the second half, began to strengthen, he had to tip a goalbound shot on to the post – and from the resulting corner a Glenvale midfielder arrowsed a first-time shot into the top corner.

But Helensburgh remained unflustered, and after Ryan Jones had a goal correctly disallowed for offside, Burgh wrapped up the win ten minutes from time when a series of passes culminated in Jones picking out Johansson, who passed the last defender with a swivel of the hips before calmly side-footing home the visitors' fourth.

Squad: Geraint Meader, Paul Cavanna, Daniel Johns, Marc McNeil, Stuart Bailey, Del Park, Ryan Jones, David Sinclair, Brooks Tadlock, Caleb Phipps, David Allan, James Cameron, Karl Johannson, David Wilkie, Dougie Black.