Rovers fight back to win

Gri­er­son bags late win­ner

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Car­luke Rovers staged a spir­ited sec­ond-half fight­back to over­turn a 2-0 deficit and beat League Two ri­vals Ash­field 3-2.

Rovers were dealt a huge pre-match blow when striker Ciaran Laf­ferty re­ported sick, and cap­tain Mark Weir pulled up dur­ing the warm-up with what proved to be a calf in­jury.

Ross Mc­neill and Do­minic Chiedu came into the start­ing line-up on a slip­pery sur­face that the home side set­tled into more com­fort­ably and con­fi­dently.

Davie Cher­rie did well to pro­duce a cou­ple of good saves, but Rovers didn’t heed the warn­ing and Graeme Hor­ton fired Ash­field ahead in 14 min­utes.

Keigan Parker dou­bled that lead in 27 min­utes, and Ash­field went close to adding a third just be­fore half-time.

Rovers pulled a goal back in 46 min­utes when an Ash­field de­fender passed back to the keeper, who was un­aware of Ed­die Ha­ley’s ad­vances.

Ha­ley sprinted for­wards and steered the ball be­tween the keeper’s legs and into the net.

Ash­field were re­duced to 10 men in 68 min­utes when de­fender Gor­don Pass­more re­ceived his march­ing or­ders.

Seven min­utes later, Craig Gri­er­son set Ben Fitz­patrick free down the right, and his cross was met by of Sam Big­gart, whose an­gled header flashed into the net from close range.

Stand-out player Gri­er­son then started and fin­ished the move for Rovers’ win­ner in 82 min­utes, scor­ing with a neat­ly­placed side-foot shot from 12 yards.

Ash­field’s day went from bad to worse in the last minute of reg­u­lar time when scorer Hearton was sent off, re­duc­ing them to nine men.

It wasn’t such good news for Rovers’ League Two neigh­bours, as both Forth Wan­der­ers v Les­ma­hagow and Thorniewood United v New­mains were post­poned due to wa­ter­logged pitches.

Harsh win­ter weather wreaked havoc on the en­tire card at the week­end, with only two of seven league games able to go ahead.

Clincher Craig Gri­er­son ri­fles in Car­luke’s win­ner against Ash­field (Pic by Kevin Ra­m­age)

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