Wed­ding means McColl missed side’s drub­bing

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sport - Dou­glas Dickie

Paul McColl ad­mit­ted he was left stunned when he found out his Cam­bus­lang Rangers side had lost 7-1 to Gir­van on Satur­day.

The Lang gaffer was not in Ayr­shire to see the match as he was at­tend­ing a wed­ding.

But he was kept in the loop through­out, even if the news was not bring­ing him the joy he hoped it would.

Hav­ing been briefed by as­sis­tant man­ager Wil­lie Dob­bins, Paul ad­mit­ted it was a tough one to ex­plain.

He said: “It’s a ridicu­lous score­line. I first checked my phone and it was 4-1 and just thought ‘you are jok­ing’.

“There has just been too many guys off form, al­though I’m told it was ac­tu­ally quite close be­fore half-time.

“We had a few chances and their goal­keeper has made a few great saves but you shouldn’t be los­ing 7-1.

“Gir­van are not Auchin­leck Tal­bot. They are de­cent but they aren’t one of the top sides.

“I wouldn’t say they are much bet­ter than Shotts or Gart­cairn.

“We did have to make a few changes. Deco (Thomas Kil­martin) and Messi ( Jamie MacLeod) were miss­ing, as were a few other guys. We wanted to give a few guys games.

“There were a cou­ple of score­lines like that. Forth lost 7-1 as well and Vale of Clyde lost 10-2.”

Cam­bus­lang have not lost too many games this sea­son but have been on the end of some heavy score­lines, los­ing 8-1 to Blan­tyre and 5-2 to La­nark.

Paul said: “Maybe there’s an at­ti­tude prob­lem with guys think­ing the game is done when we’re a cou­ple of goals down and not both­er­ing to try and get back in it.”

Lang will hope to bounce back when they en­ter­tain Forth on Satur­day in the league. Both sides will be com­ing off the back of 7-1 de­feats but Paul reck­ons nei­ther score­line is an ac­cu­rate barom­e­ter of where the teams are. He said: “Forth are not a bad team. “They lost some bad goals from what I hear, much the same as us.

“It will be a game be­tween two de­cent sides who suf­fered bad re­sults on the same day. That can hap­pen.

“It will be a hard game. Forth are float­ing around us but there’s a chance if we win we could go top of the league.

“A few teams are sneak­ing up and you can’t af­ford to lose many games.

“If we win and La­nark drop some­thing we could go top but if you lose a few teams can over­take you.”

Paul also warned his play­ers a win would not make up for the Gir­van de­feat: “A win wouldn’t mean last week would be for­got­ten about.

“Ob­vi­ously the league is more im­por­tant, but that’s not the point.

“I don’t mind los­ing the odd game – you can deal with that – but to lose like that is very bad.”

Rangers crashed out of the Ju­nior Cup last week at Gir­van in what could be Cam­bus­lang’s big­gest ever de­feat in the Scot­tish.

The re­sult would cer­tainly have the his­to­ri­ans search­ing through the record books.

Strange as it may seem, Rangers had the best of the first half but a string of su­perb saves by home keeper Dou­glas broke the hearts of the vis­it­ing for­wards.

The Somervell side ac­tu­ally suf­fered their first set­back of the day be­fore the game when striker Thomas Kil­martin had to call off due to a virus.

How­ever, Cam­bus­lang started brightly and Dou­glas pulled off the first of many fine stops when he turned away a fierce drive from Faulds.

Then he stopped a real piledriver from David­son be­fore tip­ping away a McS­tay shot.

Gir­van even­tu­ally made some for­ward moves and they opened the scor­ing af­ter 15 min­utes in their first real at­tack.

The ball was cleared to Din­woodie 25 yards out and he curled a shot over Jones into the net.

Cam­bus­lang went back on the at­tack but Dou­glas seemed in un­beat­able form.

Even­tu­ally a great ef­fort from Mac­Beth got the bet­ter of the goalie but the shot came off the an­gle of bar and post and was kicked clear.

As luck would have it the clear­ance fell for Al­lan, who ran through to score.

Rangers were rightly shocked to find them­selves two be­hind but they stuck to their task and Chalmers cut in­side to fire the vis­i­tors back into the match.

In the sec­ond half the weather de­te­ri­o­rated and so did Cam­bus­lang’s play.

Mur­phy chipped the ball home over the stranded Jones in the 52md minute then sloppy de­fend­ing left Cun­ning­ham all on his own to net the fourth. Rangers used all their subs in an ef­fort to get back into the match with S David­son, Gor­don and MacKey re­plac­ing Faulds, Mac­Beth and McS­tay. But as the rain and sleet lashed across Hamil­ton Park any hopes Rangers had of a late fightback were washed away in a tor­rent of late goals which left the home sup­port in sev­enth heaven and the Lang fans to­tally be­wil­dered.

Cam­bus­lang Rangers: Jones, Bro­gan, Scan­lon, New­man, McLaugh­lin, Welsh, Chalmers, Mac­Beth, David­son, Faulds, McS­tay. Subs: S, David­son, Gor­don, MacKey, Lynch. New sign­ings Tad­deo and Si­mone Sor­rentino

Dis­ap­pointed Paul McColl was at a loss to ex­plain Lang’s heavy de­feat

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