Change of for­ma­tion al­most took us all the way

RUTHER­GLEN GLEN­CAIRN RE­VIEW OF THE SEA­SON

Rutherglen Reformer - - Rutherglen Glencairn - Dou­glas Dickie

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

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