This­tle held to a draw by Leven

EK boss says his side sim­ply failed to get started

East Kilbride News - - SPORTS -

Billy Camp­bell ad­mits his East Kilbride This­tle side never got go­ing on Satur­day as they played out a dire 0-0 draw with Vale of Leven.

Chances were few and far be­tween at the Show­park as the Jags were held by third-place Vale of Leven, although Jags keeper Chris Treacy did make a vi­tal save in the dy­ing mo­ments to hold onto the point.

It wasn’t the worst re­sult for Camp­bell’s men as they chase pro­mo­tion from the Cen­tral Dis­trict Sec­ond Di­vi­sion.

They have sev­eral games in hand over the rest of the field and have their destiny in their own hands.

Jags gaffer Camp­bell told the News: “It wasn’t a great game and, be­ing hon­est, I didn’t en­joy it at all.

“We cre­ated maybe two or three chances each half and it was the same for Vale.

“Noth­ing re­ally came of any­thing, but Chris did have a great save at the end.

“De­fen­sively we were very strong, but we just never got go­ing. The team huffed and puffed with­out get­ting any­where.

“We didn’t play poorly, we just couldn’t get mo­men­tum be­cause it was just a case of two teams can­celling each other out.

“It’s not a dis­as­ter. We’d have pre­ferred a win, but we just have to fo­cus on the games ahead and get what we can out of the re­main­ing matches.”

It’s a huge week ahead for This­tle as they play Ash­field tonight, Car­luke on Satur­day and then Gart­cairn on Mon­day night.

Camp­bell added: “Four games in nine days is a tough run, but no­body is com­plain­ing be­cause we knew this was com­ing with the games we’ve had called off.

“When you are try­ing to put a run to­gether that num­ber of games so close to­gether is not ideal, but we just need to get on with it.

“Liam Sloan and Liam McLaugh­lin picked up in­juries on Satur­day and with so many games com­ing up we’ll need to be care­ful with them.

“We’ve got the bod­ies to cover them and we’ll need to make changes over the course of the next week.

“It’s go­ing to be tough men­tally and phys­i­cally for the play­ers.

“On pa­per is looks like we are in a good place, but it’s go­ing to be a re­ally tough run.”

Kick-off tonight at the Show­park is 6.30pm. Satur­day’s clash at Car­luke is 2pm, while Mon­day’s match at home to Gart­cairn starts at 6.45pm.

Pics: Karen M Scott

No trou­ble The Vale keeper makes a com­fort­able save from an EK at­tack

On the at­tack Liam McLaugh­lin on the ball for This­tle with Alan Mc­Fad­den in sup­port

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