McColl’s men still on top despite patchy display
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