McColl’s men still on top de­spite patchy dis­play

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sport - Mur­ray Spooner

Cam­bus­lang Rangers claimed an im­por­tant vic­tory in their quest for pro­mo­tion to the Cen­tral First Divi­sion af­ter com­ing from be­hind to beat strug­gling Royal Al­bert.

Paul McColl’s men are now four points ahead at the top of the cen­tral se­cond with two games in hand.

The af­ter­noon was ex­tra pleas­ing for the Lang as chal­lengers La­nark United slipped to a 4-3 de­feat to East Kil­bride This­tle.

Fol­low­ing last week’s post­poned match away to New­mains United, the Lang started brightly.

They took the lead through Bob David­son’s ef­fort but they went in 2-1 down at half-time at Tile­works Park.

Af­ter a stern talk­ing to from the gaffer, the Somervell Park side went on to score three goals af­ter the break to ex­tend their lead at the top.

McColl said: “Al­bert are a very good team but we didn’t play well in the first half and I told the play­ers that.

“I told them it wasn’t good enough. It was like we were half asleep. I used to play for Al­bert and played un­der the cur­rent coach­ing staff there.

“They are quite a young side but they don’t have a lot of money so it must be hard to buy play­ers but they have some good ones in their team.

“The striker caused us all sorts of prob­lems and they de­served to go 2-1 up at half-time. But we took con­trol in the se­cond to get a very good re­sult away from home. Nicky Moore had a good game in the se­cond half and Bob David­son scored a cou­ple as usual.

“It’s not great when we are hav­ing to come from be­hind but it’s good we’re bat­tling back af­ter go­ing goals down.”

The Lang are in a promis­ing po­si­tion to be pro­moted to the next tier of ju­nior foot­ball in the west re­gion, but McColl in­sisted they will take one game at a time. He added: “The next two games are big ones. East Kil­bride away and Gart­cairn at home.

“Both teams will make it dif­fi­cult for us and it will be hard to take six points if we are not at our best.

“We are now un­beaten in seven and we hope to con­tinue our good form.

“East Kil­bride will be a hard game. They caused us prob­lems the last time and they have some very good play­ers.

“We will maybe be favourites to win the game but it will be tough.”

McColl’s men bat­tled back from go­ing a goal down when the sides last met in the league in Jan­uary.

David­son and Moore bagged the late goals to can­cel out Craig Miles opener at Somervell Park.

Cam­bus­lang will hope their in­juries clear up be­fore Satur­day’s clash.

McColl sub­sti­tuted Pau l McLaugh­lin and An­drew Scan­lan at half-time against Royal Al­bert while striker Thomas Kil­martin was forced off with a knock.

The Lang were left to play the rest of the game with ten men as Ste­wart David­son also had to limp off but his man­ager had used all three of his sub­sti­tu­tions.

Cam­bus­lang Rangers ex­tended their lead at the top of the ta­ble to four points af­ter a hard fought win over Royal Al­bert.

The vis­i­tors had the first chance of the game when Thomas Kil­martin fired the ball across the face of goal but the re­turn­ing Neil New­man couldn’t con­nect with the cross.

And just 60 sec­onds later Al­bert should have taken the lead. Their striker was pre­sented with an open goal but he some­how fired over the bar from six yards.

Cam­bus­lang were pre­sented with a chance when the Al­bert failed to clear the dan­ger and the ball came to Bob David­son.

He was in on goal with just the keeper be­tween him and the net and he calmly lobbed the ball over his head to give the Lang a 1-0 lead.

But the vis­i­tors hit back a cou­ple of min­utes later and again it was a mis­take at the back from the Lang that gifted the op­por­tu­nity to Royal Al­bert.

Their striker made no mis­take by slip­ping the ball past Lynch.

The home side took a de­served lead be­fore the break. Al­bert shot on the turn and the ef­fort rat­tled the post but fell kindly for Un­beaten in seven Kieran Chalmers chases down Al­bert at­tacker

Cel­e­brate David­son and Moore con­grat­u­late Skip­per New­man on his equaliser

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