Change of formation almost took us all the way
RUTHERGLEN GLENCAIRN REVIEW OF THE SEASON
It was a simple change of formation but one that very nearly sent Glencairn into the Super Premier Division.
Willie Harvey can remember the moment. Just before playing Kilsyth Rangers on October 29, 2016, he and his management team decided to switch from 4-4-2 to 3-5-2.
Although Glens only drew that game, it was the catalyst for a run that would eventually see the side lose just one game in 16 as they came agonisingly close to muscling in on the promotion places.
Harvey said: “When we went to three at the back, I felt that was when our season totally changed.
“That’s when we really found our shape. We went on that run and only changed the shape once – and the coaching team will take the blame for that.”
Season 2016/17 will go down as one of two halves for Glencairn.
In the first few weeks the Rutherglen men could not buy a victory, winning just one of their first seven matches.
But it was not defeats that were doing the damage. Instead, a number of draws would be their undoing.
It’s to their great credit that when the squad clicked, they took their promotion dream right down to the wire, when a draw at Cumbernauld proved not enough to keep the fight going.
Glens missed out by just five points in the end, losing less games than all but one side in the division.
“It’s a hard season to sum up,” Harvey said. We took it right to the death and to lose just once in 16 games was fantastic.
“I can’t take anything away from the boys.
“Our early season form hurt us wih the draw. We missed out on promotion by five points, that’s only turning three draws into wins. I have nothing but praise for the team.
“They were basically a new team. I knew they were good right from the start but it takes a while to get used to each other.
“Once they did we went from strength to strength. They acquitted themselves really well.
“When you look at it, we’ve beaten the team that won the league (Girvan) twice.
“We drew twice with Kilsyth, who are in the play-off place, and we beat Clydebank once, and they have been promoted.
“Against the top three teams we have acquitted ourselves really well.
“It is what it is though. I am sure there are other teams in the league who will feel the same as us.
“It’s a mix of emotions.”
In the netRyan McArdle nets against Blantyre back in March 090317glencairn_02
Jay to go Jay McKay finished the season as top scorer with 17 goals, and he is congratulated for another against Petershill here