Lang achieve aim of hit­ting top three by Christ­mas

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sport - Mur­ray Spooner

Cam­bus­lang Rangers boss Paul McColl was re­lieved af­ter his side snatched a late win­ner against bot­tom side Vale of Leven.

And the re­sult en­sured they fin­ished sec­ond be­fore the two-week win­ter break.

McColl’s men had gone four weeks with­out a match but the vic­tory meant they are within three points of lead­ers La­nark United.

Striker Bob David­son scored the win­ner with just min­utes re­main­ing to win a match the Lang closely shaded in blus­tery con­di­tions.

Sub­sti­tute Chris Faulds played the ball wide to David­son on 89 min­utes and his spec­u­la­tive left foot ef­fort from out­side the box found the net for the win­ning goal.

McColl said: “It was a good re­sult on a really windy day.

“It was good to get back and the de­fence ob­vi­ously played well.

“Chris Faulds came off the bench to set up Bob for the goal and the subs did well when they came on for us. We scored in the 89th minute so there was not much of a way back for them.

“David­son scored a bel­ter. He didn’t have many chances in the game, maybe three or four half chances but he is al­ways ca­pa­ble of scor­ing a goal.

“We were prob­a­bly the bet­ter team and we had the bet­ter chances.

“It was a dif­fi­cult game, I don’t know if they had guys sus­pended or in­jured but it was not an easy game. They had a big side but it was a good win for us.

“We de­served to win, I think we just shaded it. There weren’t a lot of chances. The wind ru­ined the game but the park was de­cent.

“They were against the wind in the first half and when they were kick­ing it long it just came back to them.

“There were a couple of chances, about half a dozen, and they had two or three. There wasn’t much of a gap be­tween us.

“I don’t think a point would have been hor­ren­dous be­cause I think a lot of teams will strug­gle down there.

“We now have a two-week break but we’ll still be train­ing.”

The Lang won’t find out their next op­po­nents un­til later in the month but McColl is hop­ing for a home tie.

Lead­ers La­nark drew 0-0 with sixth placed Gart­cairn last week which al­lowed the Lang to get closer to top spot.

“We’re back into sec­ond now and three points be­hind La­nark but there are still a lot of games to go,” added McColl.

“It’s pretty tight . We’re not go­ing to get car­ried away. Pro­mo­tion is a big aim and there’s still a wee bit to go and there are good teams in this league.

“The play­ers are up for the chase, you can tell that.

“That re­sult was a great con­fi­dence boost for the play­ers.”

McColl is hop­ing to have a full strength squad to pick from for their next game as there are no in­jury wor­ries.

Pro­mo­tion chal­lenge Man­ager Paul McColl

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