Spi­ders boost play-off hopes

Air­drieo­ni­ans suf­fer Ham­p­den howler

Rutherglen Reformer - - Motoring Guide -

A de­lighted Gus McPher­son said his side are not look­ing at the play-off places, de­spite sit­ting just a point off fourth place.

His team looked com­fort­able as they knocked off pro­mo­tion-chas­ing Air­drieo­ni­ans and are now firmly in play-off con­tention.

The home side en­joyed the bet­ter of the open­ing ex­changes and a neat bit of play from the Spi­ders saw Bryan Whar­ton’s shot cleared off the line by Daniel Boateng.

Top scorer Ross Millen was given acres of space on the right wing to pro­vide an inch-per­fect cross for Gre­gor Fother­ing­ham, who flicked the ball into Ro­han Fer­gu­son’s net.

The Ham­p­den out­fit en­joyed the ma­jor­ity of pos­ses­sion but were caught out by a set-piece by Air­drie. A great ball from a free-kick on the right wing was met by Iain Rus­sell, who headed past Wil­lie Muir to equalise.

Air­drie en­joyed their best spell of the game in the min­utes be­fore half-time and could have taken the lead af­ter a long ball from Kieran McDon­ald was missed by the de­fence and put Iain Rus­sell through oneon-one. Wil­liam Muir made him­self big and was quick off his line to pre­vent the 35-year-old hit­man.

There were few chances in the sec­ond pe­riod but the de­ci­sive goal came when a free-kick pumped into the box by Sean Burns fell to cap­tain Ryan McGeever at the back post and he calmly slot­ted the ball home.

Fol­low­ing the game boss Gus McPher­son was keen to just keep putting points on the board.

“We thor­oughly de­served the three points. The only dis­ap­point­ing spell was the five min­utes be­fore half-time,” said the Spi­ders boss. “It’s from our free-kick that we got caught on the counter at­tack and we gave away a soft free-kick.

“You wouldn’t have thought so, with the way we had been play­ing, but we have Wul­lie Muir to thank that we didn’t go into half-time 2-1 down.

“At half-time we gave them the chal­lenge to go out and repli­cate what they did for the first 45 min­utes and to be fair to them they did.

“The ta­ble isn’t some­thing we look at but if some­one had said to us we would be sit­ting with 30 points at the half­way mark we would have been de­lighted.

“Through­out the whole side we had a lot of en­ergy in the team that got us the re­sult.

“We brought en­ergy, com­mit­ment and that bit of qual­ity to the ta­ble.”

A dis­ap­pointed Air­drie head coach Mark Wil­son said “The goals we are los­ing are pretty poor. In games we have looked solid but too many times we con­cede goals out of noth­ing.”

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