In what turned out to be a good workout Carluke Rovers as they prepared for Saturday’s Scottish cup tie at home to Linlinthgow Rose.
The match was evenly balanced as early on as Forth gave as good as they got with Craig Brown in the Rovers goal having to get down well to keep a shot out in the 5th min before Scott McGeachie saw an effort go over the bar for Rovers.
The home side started to control the match as it went mid-way through the first half but efforts from Ian Watt Darren Hamilton and Watt again failed to get the opening goal, before a breakaway from Forth almost stole the lead but Brown was again alert to the situation.
The Rovers first goal came when watt took advantage of a mistake on the left of the Wanderers defence before hitting a low drive past the visiting keeper for 1-0.
A good run and shot from Craig Stewart was the next effort on target from Rovers but this was met by an equally good save then Darren Hamilton missed a good chance to put Rovers two goals up just before the break.
The second half saw Rovers continue to take the game to Forth but a good move involving Andy Barr and Gordon Murphy to set Up Mark Weir on the left ended with a low ball across goal but again Hamilton could not take advantage and the chance was lost.
The second goal did come in the 60th min however when a ball in to the box saw Stephen Ferguson challenge the keeper and Hamilton was on hand to drill home the loose ball for 2-2 to the home side. This was followed by a Kyle Gillespie shot before Rovers wrapped up the match when a Hamilton shot was spilled and Ferguson was on hand to tap home for 3-0 to Carluke.
Forth continued to search for a goal when the break allowed but good work from Brown kept them at bay and it was surprising that Rovers did not stretch their lead further before the end of the match as chances fell to Weir and Hamilton but they had to settle for 3-0 in what was a good team performance.