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Thu 15 August 2013
Score: 3 - 0

Match Report

Carluke played this vital home match against Wishaw on Thursday knowing that they had to win by three clear goals to overhaul the goal difference of Shotts Bon Accord who had beaten Newmains United 9-0 the night before.

The Rovers started the match in the best possible fashion when a Gordon Murphy free kick to the back post saw most of both side expect the ball to carry over the goal line but Gregg Cavanagh got on the end of it and cut the ball back for Darren Hamilton to net with a header from close range after 3 minutes.

Wishaw tried to get back in to the match and may have won a penalty for a rash challenge from Stevie Murray but the referee waved play on, then Carluke looked as if they should have a penalty of their own when Hamilton was poleaxed by the visiting keeper as he put a header in on goal that was eventually cleared off the line but again nothing was given.

The home sides lead was doubled in the 34th min when a corner from Murphy to the front post was fumbled over the line by the Wishaw keeper for 2-0 and on the stroke of half time another Murphy corner saw a great header from Gary Frame fly in to the net for a half time score of 3-0 to the home side.

With the tie in the bag so to speak the second half was at times nervy for the home side with good play often lacking and chances few and far between although they never looked under pressure of losing a goal.

In 51 mins a free kick from Mark Haddow set Craig Stark free on the left but his parting shot was saved by the visiting keeper, then Hamilton picked up a loose ball in midfield before setting Dean Kindlan free on goal but after cutting inside his end shot went wide of the target.

Carluke changed things to freshen up the attack with the introduction of Stuart Arnott and Ian Watt but still they could not get a 4th goal to kill off the Wishaw side and the game petered out in the rain but the end result was enough to see The Rovers qualify from this tough section for the first time in a few seasons.