Sat 22 July 2017
Score: 1 - 3

Match Report

Rovers took on semi pro outfit Abbey Hey from Manchester in this pre season match and matched them well in a tough first half but lost their way against ten men in a poorer second half.

The visitors took an early lead when a slack pass in defence allowed their centre forward to break free and despite Carluke keeper David Thomson getting a good touch on the ball it spun high over him into the net for 1-0 after only 4 minutes.

The equalising goal was not too far away though and came when Rovers won a free kick on the right which was taken by Mark Weir who found Mark Haddow with a perfect ball that the big midfielder headed home for 1-1.

Ian Watt had the next chance for the home side when a good through ball found him in space but his final shot was just over the bar.

Rovers had good possession through most of this first half but only had long range efforts from Mark Weir and Mark Cassidy both of which were easily dealt with to show for this pressure, they were also getting good delivery from the wings from both Weir and James Martin but they could not find a team mate to take advantage of them.

With half time approaching Carluke fashioned a good chance when Chick McCole picked out Watt again but the strikers shot was blocked.

Half time Carluke Rovers 1 v 1 Abbey Hey FC

The second half was only a couple of minutes old when the visitors took the lead for the second time in the match after a good break on the right ended with an excellent ball in that was clipped home from close range for 2-1.

Abbey Hey were now taking the game to Rovers and it took Thomson to make a great save from a shot from the right after 58 minutes to keep Carluke in the match but he was beaten after 67 mins when Carluke lost possession on their left of defence and a rasping final shot flew in to his net for a 3-1 score line.

Carluke made a number of changes as the half wore on and a chance fell to one of them when Scott Tart picked up a loose ball in the Abbey Hey box and let fly a good low shot but an equally good save from the visiting keeper turned it round the post for a corner.

The last chance of the match came for Carluke when Watt swung a free kick in from the right and Stevie Murray out jumped everybody but his header came off the underside of the bar before being cleared by the visiting defence.

Carluke team. Thomson, McCole, S Murray, El Zubaidi, Gow, Martin, Haddow, Kane, Weir, Cassidy, Watt. Subs(all used) Neill, Tart, McNeish, Lambie, Dunn, Browning.

Match Report by Craig Martin