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Sat 16 August 2014
Score: 3 - 1

Match Report

In what proved to be another entertaining match Rovers continued their 100% record for the start of the new season with a fine win over a Bon Accord side that sit some two leagues higher than the Rovers.

As has been the case in the other matches carlike took an early lead when Jordan Lithgow set Daniel Kindlan free on the right and he in turn played an excellent ball in to the feet of in form striker Ryan Smillie who placed a great shot wide of the Shotts keeper for 1-0 to the Rovers after 3 mins.

Rovers looked to increase this lead quickly and good work from Willie Souter a minute later ended with a shot from Kindlan hitting the top of the bar as it went for a goal kick, then a free kick found Stevie Murray at the back post but his header went harmlessly wide.

Shotts first attack of note was set up for them when Lithgow lost possession in midfield and despite Stuart Thomson pulling off an excellent save from a close range shot the loose ball fell for Shotts and a deflected shot beat Thomson at the second attempt for 1-1 after 12 mins.

The match went In to a quiet period after this second goal and it took until the 29th min before there was any action of note when a corner from Ian Watt was headed back by Mark Haddow for Souter but his effort went just past the post, Shotts broke from this point but their parting shot was well over the bar.

The home side took the lead again in the 36th min when Watt was strong in a challenge against the Shotts centre half winning the ball before feeding Smillie who then played Watt in down the left and after his pace left the Shotts defence in his wake Watt cut a great ball back in to the path of Smillie who slotted home his and Rovers second of the match to give the home side a deserved 2-1 lead at half time.

The start of the second half saw Rovers make a good chance when Haddow and Smillie combined to set Watt free on the right but his parting shot went across the Shotts goal and out for a goal kick.

Shotts had probably their best spell of the match from this point and only a great challenge from Murray in the Carluke defence kept them at bay as they looked to level the match. Then another chance saw a good clearance by the home defence to keep their lead intact a minute later.

Much of the second half saw the home side in control without looking likely to increase their lead until a great move in the 83rd min did just that, Rovers keeper Thomson cut out a ball in to his penalty area before setting Jamie Dickson free on the right, the midfielder played a good ball in to the path of Watt who was strong in a challenge with the Shotts keeper and the loose ball was chased down by Smillie who knocked home for his hat-trick and a third goal for Carluke to make the score 3-1, a lead that they held comfortably for the rest of the match.