There was some added spice to Saturdays local derby between Carluke Rovers and Lanark Utd as midweek managerial merry go rounds continued to spin when former Rovers managers Colin Slater and Spike McNeish teamed up to face their former charges Carluke Rovers.
A large expectant crowd of 120 supporters witnessed a fairly drab first half with both teams congesting midfield and resorting to playing predictable mid range ‘over the top’ lofted balls for the most part enabling both defenses to dominate.
Half time 0-0.
The second half looked to mirror image the first with neither team able to get the ball down and play passing football until the 70th minute when the game was resuscitated when Lanark were awarded an overly soft dubious penalty when their left winger cut inside the Rovers right back and centre back on the edge of the box then as he toe poked the ball towards goal and took a step into the Rovers box conned the Referee who was 30 yards away from play with an acrobatic dive as he brushed against the chest of Rovers debutant sweeper James McAllister.
The penalty was duly dispatched though the injustice only served to spur on Rovers who equalised four minutes later following intelligent use of the ball by veteran captain Mark Weir winning a corner on the left side.
James Martin delivered a near post inswinger which was bulleted into the net by Young Chris Lambie.
With 3 minutes remaining Lanark were awarded a second penalty which was more controversial than the first with the referee making the decision from the halfway line when Rovers new keeper Liam Grant clearly got to the ball first from a ricocheted shot which squirmed into the box and as he sprinted off his line kicked the ball against the shins of Lanark’s striker who was on his way to ground prior to any contact being made.
Justice was done as Grant saved the resultant penalty ensuring there were no bragging rights for either side as the match ended 1-1.Match Report by Ian McKnight