Boss ear­marks another two wins to cre­ate a gap

Rutherglen Reformer - - CAMBUSLANG - Dou­glas Dickie

Cam­bus­lang Rangers man­ager Paul McColl is re­fus­ing to get car­ried away with his team’s fine start to the sea­son.

But he ad­mit­ted another two wins could see them open an early gap over some of their chal­lengers.

Lang made it two wins from two with a last-gasp penalty at Ben­burb on Satur­day and go into this week­end’s game at Port Glas­gow brim­ming with con­fi­dence.

Af­ter that, Lang en­ter­tain La­nark be­fore the Septem­ber week­end, and Paul is de­ter­mined to keep their run go­ing.

He said: “It’s only two games, but still, it’s six points when a lot of teams still haven’t got any.

“It’s a re­ally good start, and with another two wins you can open up a wee gap over some teams.

“I’m pretty sure that’s what Ross­vale did last year. There are only 22 games in a sea­son so if you can win 12 or 13 games and get a few draws you can go up. A wee run can do you won­ders in this league. We did it at Wishaw and in seven games went from third bot­tom to third top.

“Four wins in four would be a fan­tas­tic start and if you can stay near the top by Christ­mas then you’re right in the mix.”

Satur­day’s win was par­tic­u­larly pleas­ing for Paul as his squad was greatly re­duced in num­ber due to a wed­ding. He ad­mits a draw would prob­a­bly have been a fair re­sult, but he was more than happy to take all three back to Somervell: “We had a few play­ers out, and we would prob­a­bly have taken a draw be­fore the game.

“It was a de­cent win, a last-minute, penalty so there was no com­ing back from that.

“We played OK, noth­ing spec­tac­u­lar, but done well enough. They had some chances, we had some chances then they had a man sent off and we had a man sent off. It was fairly even.

“It was a def­i­nite penalty but there was pres­sure on him be­cause if he scores you win the game.

“A draw would have been a fair re­sult.

“It’s good that so many guys came in to re­place those miss­ing and we still won the game.

“Ben­burb are a de­cent team, they’ll take points off a lot of sides this sea­son.”

Next up for Lang is a trip down the Clyde to Port Glas­gow, a side who thrashed them 5-0 to­wards the end of last sea­son.

Lang are much changed from then, but Paul is still ex­pect­ing a hard match.

Port started the sea­son with a 3-3 draw against Ben­burb be­fore beat­ing Ash­field at the week­end and the Lang boss said: “I know they came and whipped us at Somervell, and I’d imag­ine they have a sim­i­lar team, so they will be de­cent.

“They are a de­cent side, they drew with Ben­burb and it will be a sim­i­lar game on a big, as­tro-park.”

nei­ther side cre­at­ing many chances and Kil­martin and Faulds were starved of any de­cent ser­vice from the mid­field.

The Bens were re­duced to 10 men when Mo­nan went straight through the Lang keeper as he col­lected a ball.

And the ref evened things up when he sent Ryan MacKey for an early bath af­ter a ver­bal volley.

But the game burst into life just as ev­ery­one was set­tling for a point a piece.

Faulds and Kil­martin bat­tled for the ball and both ended up be­ing wres­tled to the ground and the ref had the easy de­ci­sion of point­ing the spot.

Mac­Beth stepped up and coolly slot­ted the ball home to seal an un­likely three points for the Lang.

Cam­bus­lang Rangers: Lynch, Mar­shall, Scan­lon, New­man, Bro­gan, Smith (MacKey 45), Chalmers, Mac­Beth, Faulds, Kil­martin, Hud­son (Friel 75).

Pi­o­neer Yso­bel Greenlees

Great start Lang con­tin­ued their good form at Ben­burb

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