Cry­ing foul on fix­tures

Lang boss Paul fears po­ten­tial carve-up

Rutherglen Reformer - - Juniors - Dou­glas Dickie

Paul McColl has re­vealed his fears that the fix­ture list could scup­per his team’s bid for pro­mo­tion.

Lang re­main top of the Cen­tral League First Di­vi­sion on goal dif­fer­ence af­ter Satur­day’s dra­matic 3-3 draw with Forth Wan­der­ers.

With Larkhall and St Roch’s breath­ing down their neck, it could go right to the wire.

And with Lang’s fate out of their own hands, McColl is re­ly­ing on one of the chas­ing teams to drop points along the way.

He would have thought that would hap­pen when the pair face each other be­fore the end of the sea­son but the SJFA may yet make that the last game of the league sea­son.

And the prospect has left McColl rag­ing.

He said: “That would be a to­tal carve-up.

“It could work out they just need a draw or some­thing like that. That should never be their last game.

“You never know, this might be ir­rel­e­vant but it should not have come to this. The au­thor­i­ties should have made sure they played each other this week.

“Per­haps if we had won on Satur­day I would not be moan­ing as much. We just need to win our next three games to give our­selves a chance.”

Those who ar­range the fix­tures were not the only ones to leave McColl fum­ing this week.

He also blasted the ref­eree for his per­for­mance in the epic draw with Forth at the week­end.

Lang had been 3-1 down shortly af­ter half-time but two free-kicks from Geb­bie, the sec­ond deep in in­jury time,

sal­vaged a draw. But the ref took cen­tre stage, send­ing off Jor­dan Mor­ton for Lang, an­other Forth player and two of Forth’s coaches, one of whom was shown two red cards.

McColl said: “It was a great game but was to­tally ruined by the ref­eree, he should never ref again.

“I have ac­tu­ally never seen any­thing like it. It was the same for both teams.

“He’s sent Jor­dan Mor­ton off for noth­ing, same as their player. He’s shown five red cards and there wasn’t a bad tackle in the match.

“It was a good game for the neu­tral. We were ter­ri­ble in the first half, re­ally poor, but then in the sec­ond we were re­ally good.

“Forth were de­cent, they played re­ally well. The first cou­ple of goals were aw­ful but fair play to the lads, they came back re­ally well and got the equaliser.

“To be hon­est, there was a cou­ple of in­juries but if I was on the other side I might not have been happy with the in­jury time that was played.”

Next up for Lang is a short trip to Thorniewood who are in good form at the moment.

With no more home games, Lang must pick up nine points fron nine on the road to give them­selves the best op­por­tu­nity of be­ing pro­moted.

And McColl knows that will not be easy.

“Thorniewood have been go­ing well just now, apart from losing to Bell­shill on Satur­day. We just need to win our games and if we had on Satur­day we would have had a right good chance.

“Right now we’re just fo­cussing on Thorniewood, who are one of my old teams. They are good guys at that club but you can’t ex­pect any favours in football.”

McColl also praised the sup­port­ers who turned out for the Forth game af­ter the Re­former put in a ral­ly­ing call to mark the fi­nal home league game of the sea­son.

He said: “We ap­pre­ci­ated the Re­former putting that in and it was good to see so many peo­ple out sup­port­ing the team.

“It was a smash­ing game for them to watch as well.”

Goalscor­erThere was no way through for Kris Geb­bie from this cross but his two free kicks would earn Lang a point

Cel­e­bra­tionsKris Geb­bie’s late goal led to wild cel­e­bra­tions among the Lang play­ers and staff

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