Glens boss look­ing for sweet re­venge

Har­vey still hurt­ing over 3-2 de­feat at Yoker

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sports - Mur­ray Spooner

Ruther­glen Glen­cairn gaffer Wil­lie Har­vey is ex­pect­ing a tough test this week­end as his side take on a team in sim­i­lar form.

Yoker Ath­letic sit three points ahead of The Glens with a game in hand go­ing into the first com­pet­i­tive match of the new year.

Steven Reilly’s men ran out 3-2 win­ners when the sides last met at Holm Park in Novem­ber.

But The Cel­sius Sta­dium out­fit are keen to put one over the Whe Ho, who have won three of their last five games, when they visit Ruther­glen on Satur­day af­ter­noon.

Har­vey said: “Yoker turned us over 3-2 but it was one of those games we thought we should have got some­thing out of.

“They are a hard-work­ing team so there will be a con­trast of styles when we play them on Satur­day. We’ll try to play our game on the deck on a good sur­face.

“The park is in good con­di­tion, con­sid­er­ing all the rain we’ve been hav­ing, and if there was a game on last Satur­day then it would have been on. But that’s just tes­ta­ment to the hard work that goes into the park.”

Glen­cairn pre­pared for Yoker’s visit with a friendly match with Greenock Ju­niors on Thurs­day and will get an­other run-out tonight (Wed­nes­day) against Su­per Premier Di­vi­sion side Pol­lok.

In what was a match pri­mar­ily to give the play­ers game time over the win­ter break, man­ager Har­vey was still look­ing for a pos­i­tive per­for­mance from his men.

How­ever, despite hav­ing gone 2-0 up at half-time at To­ry­glen last week, Greenock fought back to score three times in the sec­ond half to win the game.

Har­vey said: “With no dis­re­spect to Greenock, we should be beat­ing teams like that when you’re 2-0 up at half-time. We were look­ing to go on to score four or five.

“We play against Pol­lok in the next game and we won’t be able to do that to them. “It was ben­e­fi­cial in the fact it got the play­ers a runout over Christ­mas but it was a very poor sec­ond-half per­for­mance.

“It was a poor per­for­mance from the ref­eree as well but it wasn’t be­cause of him that we lost the game.

“We scored in the first cou­ple of min­utes and af­ter that we set­tled into the game. The first five or 10 min­utes we had good pass­ing and move­ment.

“But then we started play­ing the long­ball game and that’s just not our style of play. Af­ter that we started to play and got the sec­ond goal and went into half-time 2-0 up.

“I didn’t feel there was any way we would lose the game af­ter that. We made a bun­dle of sub­sti­tutes, in­clud­ing two un­der-21s who we threw in with the first team.

“They did okay but the sec­ond- half per­for­mance from us was very poor.

“I don’t know what hap­pened. It’s as if they couldn’t be both­ered any more.”

Tonight’s match at To­ry­glen Re­gional Foot­ball Cen­tre kicks off at 8pm. Satur­day’s league match with Yoker has a 1.45pm start.

Off and run­ning Glens boss Wil­lie Har­vey hopes to kick-start 2017 with a win

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