Boss earmarks another two wins to create a gap
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