Lang gut­ted to be frozen out

Top of the ta­ble clash called off

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sport - Kenny Smith

League lead­ers Cam­bus­lang Rangers were gut­ted when their match with Ross­vale was called off at the week­end.

The Lang had been due to en­ter­tain Ross­vale in a first v sec­ond clash at Somervell Park, but the overnight frost meant that the club could take no chances, so post­poned the fix­ture.

Cam­bus­lang co-man­agers Paddy Flan­nery and John Doyle were frus­trated that their side didn’t get to play, as the squad had been work­ing hard in train­ing all week and were raring to go.

Paddy said: “It was about 10.15am when we heard the game had been called off.

“It was a bit of a dis­ap­point­ment, re­ally, and I felt if the park had another hour or two it would have been okay to play on.

“It turned out to be a re­ally nice day on Satur­day, but I sup­pose you never can tell with a pitch how deep the frost is.

“The boys had worked re­ally hard all week in train­ing, and there was a good feel­ing among them be­cause they were all up for the game, so for it to be called off was a real anti-cli­max.”

As 2014 ends with the Lang on top of the ta­ble, the side are get­ting ready to wel­come back sev­eral in­jured played over the com­ing weeks, in­clud­ing hit­man Steven Dymock.

Paddy hopes that the re­turn of the ex­pe­ri­enced striker will see the side put to­gether a good run of form in their last eight games and win the pro­mo­tion the club so de­ser­ately craves.

The co-man­ager said: “Ste­vie has been out for a while after hav­ing an op­er­a­tion and he hasn’t started back train­ing with us yet.

“We know he has been work­ing away on his own, and hope­fully it will be another cou­ple of weeks be­fore we see him down with us at train­ing.

“What Ste­vie will need, more than any­thing, is game time, and with eight games to go, what we’d like to do is get him on the pitch as much as we can.

“He’s al­ways been a pretty fit guy, so we’ll work on his match sharp­ness as we feed him back into the side.

“It’ll be like get­ting a new player in - we’re re­ally missed a player like him up front this sea­son, as he’s a big, strong striker - we can use him as a tar­get man, we can hold the ball up, he can take it out wide, and most im­por­tantly, when he gets it in the box, he knows where the goal is.

“Hav­ing Ste­vie in will give us some more fire­power, and we’ll hope­fully have Chris Hamil­ton back in too - be­tween them they are a very ex­pe­ri­enced strike­force, and we’ve missed their goals and in­flu­ence.”

Cam­bus­lang Rangers are set to face Royal Al­bert, the side they beat 1-0 on the open­ing day of the sea­son, this week­end.

Paddy added: “Last time we played them, it was a brand new team we were putting out onto the pitch.

“We’d had a few friendlies and the sec­tional league cup, but were chop­ping and chang­ing, and we were still try­ing to gauge every­body.

“The squads for both teams will have changed a bit since then, so we’re not look­ing too much into the re­sult from the last time we played them.

“What mat­ters to us is that we go out there and get a win, and it sets up up for the re­main­ing games of the sea­son. We want to get the wins, and get that pro­mo­tion sealed as soon as we can.”

The Lang’s match with Royal Al­bert will kick off at 1.45pm at Somervell Park.

Look­ing ahead

Lang co-boss Paddy Flan­nery

In­jured Hit­man Steven Dymock

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