League is still the fo­cus de­spite heavy Tal­bot loss

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Cam­bus­lang Rangers man­ager Paul McCo l l ad­mit­ted that pro­mo­tion is now the pri­or­ity for the club af­ter suf­fer­ing a heavy 5-0 cup de­feat to Auchin­leck Tal­bot.

The Somervell Park out­fit gift wrapped three of the Ayr­shire men’s five goals in the West of Scot­land last 16 tie on Satur­day.

McColl’s men were three down by the 25 minute mark and were left with very lit­tle op­tions on the bench as they only had one fit sub­sti­tute.

The gaffer how­ever praised his team’s spirit and work-rate fol­low­ing the de­feat which was their fifth in seven games.

He said: “We had twelve men and two of them got in­jured.

“Two play­ers were cup tied, two were work­ing and two were in­jured so there’s not a lot you can do.

“You need to have a full squad to go down to Auchin­leck if you are to have any chance.

“We ac­tu­ally didn’t play that bad. It was the stupid er­rors that cost us.

“They all gave 100 per cent and that’s all I can ask of them.

“I am dis­ap­pointed with the score­line be­cause I didn’t feel it re­flected how the game went.

“We had a lot of the ball and we had a few chances.

“I said to them af­ter the game that they had tried their hard­est but we prob­a­bly could have passed the ball a bit bet­ter.

“They got a quick goal and they were re­lent­less af­ter that.

“The game is out of the way now and we need to fo­cus on the league.”

It was dou­ble dis­ap­point­ment for McColl on Satur­day as wins for Forth, Gart­cairn and Port Glas­gow en­abled The Lang to slip down into fourth spot.

Nine points from their re­main­ing three games is the tar­get for McColl and he knows they can not af­ford any more slip ups go­ing into the fi­nal stages of the sea­son.

“We need to get a win on Satur­day and we don’t want to be re­ly­ing on other teams,” he added.

“I think if we win our last three matches then that should be enough to go up.

“We can’t af­ford to lose any­more games.

“Forth are prob­a­bly the favourites to win the league but to be hon­est, any­one could win it if some­one slips up.

“New­mains on Satur­day will not be an easy game. If they go on a run then they could be right in the race as well be­cause they have a few games in hand.

“They have some de­cent play­ers and are a good side but hope­fully we’ll have a few play­ers back for that match.”

Cam­bus­lang Rangers ran out 3-1 win­ners the last time the two teams met in the league on the first day of the sea­son.

McColl’s side go into Satur­day’s fix­ture at Vic­to­ria Park hav­ing only won two of their last six league en­coun­ters.

Auchin­leck Tal­bot booked their place in the last eight of the West of Scot­land Cup with a bit to spare as they breezed past Cam­bus­lang Rangers at Beech­wood.

It took the home side just four min­utes to take the lead. Love raced to the by­line down the right and whipped a cross over to the back post. Gil­lies brought it down and hit a shot on tar­get which Lynch did well to save but Young was there to tuck the re­bound away.

Three min­utes later Shank­land’s curl­ing ef­fort from a tight an­gle had the‘keeper well beaten but came back off the face of the bar.

Tal­bot con­tin­ued to con­trol the game and dou­bled their lead in the 19th minute.

Gil­lies bent a curl­ing ef­fort from the left, just out­side the area, to­ward the far cor­ner which should have been stopped by Lynch but the ball skipped off the sur­face just in front of the‘keeper and squirmed over his trail­ing arm into the back of the net.

Any dream of a Cam­bus­lang fight back ended in the 24th minute when Lyle knocked a good cross over that Shank­land Writ­ing’s on the wall Gil­lies starts Tal­bot’s first at­tack

gath­ered just be­yond the far post. He an­gled it back into the area where Young coolly stepped over the ball and his dummy al­lowed Pope the time and space to fire a low drive past Lynch.

Cam­bus­lang should have pulled a goal back in the 36th minute. Ryan Scan­lan won a cor­ner down the left and when it was de­liv­ered into the cen­tre, New­man met it un­chal­lenged but sent his free header straight at Leish­man.

In the 53rd minute Cam­bus­lang gift wrapped Tal­bot’s fourth. New­man looked to be in con­trol as he tried to shield it back to Lynch, but he left it to the‘keeper and Gil­lies nicked in to take ad­van­tage of their mix-up to steer it into the empty net.

With ten min­utes to go Tal­bot com­pleted the scor­ing with a per­fectly ex­e­cuted counter-at­tack. McCracken hit a long ball to Love who cut the ball back to Hys­lop and he placed a great fin­ish past Lynch to make it 5-0. Nar­row de­feat Archie Durie and Jimmy Ste­wart with So­haib Mo­hammed

League fo­cus Paul McColl wants play­ers’ eyes on pro­mo­tion

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