Central District First Division
Sat 28 November 2015
Score: 2 - 2

Match Report

Carluke played host to the side currently 2nd in the league table and the fact they were not too happy with only a draw shows a marked new expectation around John Cumming Stadium.

On a cold wet day the match was slow to produce chances with both sides having a good deal of possession in mid field, the home side did however take the lead in the 11th min when Rovers Central defender Scott Burns drove forward linking well with Ian Watt then picking up the return pass before driving low in to the net for 1-0.

Carluke however were unable to hold on to this lead for any length of time as the visitors levelled the match in the next minute when an attack down the right looked to have been stopped by an excellent Jonny Wilson challenge but the loose ball was pounced on by Renfrew and they forced the ball home for 1-1.

Gordon Bruce in the home goal had to be lively a minute later to thwart another Renfrew attack bringing off a good save to prevent them taking the lead.

With the wind in their favour Rovers produced the next chance of any note when Mark Weir hit a good free kick from 30 yards but despite spilling the ball the visiting keeper was able to collect it before any Carluke intervention.

Rovers regained the lead in the 31st minute with a goal of quality when Mark Haddow was set free on the left edge of the Renfrew area by Lewis McDougall and a perfectly flighted ball found the net for 2-1 to the home side.

Renfrew brought the half to a close from an attacking point of view in the 43rd min when they broke well but another good Bruce save kept Carlukes lead intact until half time.

Half time Carluke Rovers 2 v 1 Renfrew FC

The second half saw a chance come early for Rovers but Ryan Smillies shot was well saved by the visiting keeper before Renfrew themselves saw a chance flash past the post from a shot from distance.

McDougall saw his good work on the right produce a chance for Watt but his effort was wide of goal before Smillie then set up Weir but his effort was also wide of the target on the hour mark.

Renfrew looked to press Carluke back as they sought to get back in to the match but they did not produce too much in the way of clear cut chances and despite hitting on the break the home side definitely had the best of the second half chances.

Chick McCole set Watt free on the right in 62 mins but his low driven cross just eluded Smillie in the middle then Watt’s pressure won Carluke a corner and from Weirs delivery Haddow had an excellent header well saved by the visiting keeper.

Bruce brought off a fine save from a Renfrew free kick in the 75th min before he was involved in a controversial moment when he and Burns were adjudged to have brought down a Renfrew attacker in the box at the expense of a penalty with both defender and keeper claiming a dive had conned the referee.

Renfrew despatched the kick for 2-2.

The final part of the match saw Carluke continue to produce chances as they fought to take all three points when first in 88 mins McDougall set Watt free on the right and just failed to connect with the return low cross in to the danger area.

The last chance came a minute later when McCole set Wilson clear on the right but his cross despit finding Watt ended up wide of the goal again and the home side had to settle for a share of the points.

Carluke team.
Bruce, Bellew, Burns, Gray, Wilson, McDougall, Haddow, McCole, Weir, Smillie, Watt.

Match Report by Craig Martin