Central District Second Division
Sat 5 November 2016
Score: 4 - 2

Match Report

Another week and another top of the league team for Rovers to face but this week a totally different result with Carluke taking a great three points with a fine win.

The match was a slow starter with only a couple of balls across the face of Gordon Bruces Carluke goal from Port Glasgow being the only early match action.

Port Glasgow were having the best of the half and they almost took the lead in the 20th min when a free was played in and a header came back off the Rovers bar before being cleared then from another free kick a few minutes later they had a header go right across the home goal before going wide of the post.

It took until the 37th min for Carluke to muster an attempt of their own but Ian Watts shot was wide of the target then the same player put an excellent ball to the far post but no Rovers player could make contact with the ball and the chance was lost.

With the half drawing to a close Port Glasgow had an excellent chance to open the scoring with a good clear run in on goal but a great save from Bruce kept them out then he blocked an attempt from the loose ball for a corner.

Rovers 0 v 0 Port Glasgow.

The second half saw Carluke try to step up their game and the took an early lead when a fine ball from Mark Weir found Greg Fernie who outstripped his marker for pace before putting a superb strike high over the advancing Port Glasgow keeper from 25 yards out for 1-0 to Rovers after 49 mins.

Half time Carluke Carluke could not get a second goal and it was in fact Port Glasgow who scored next when they won a corner which was headed off the Carluke bar but before the Rovers defence could clear the ball Cruickshanks struck home from 12 yards for 1-1.

Rovers continued to press forward after this set back and were playing with a confidence that has been lacking lately and they regained the lead in 65 mins when good work from Chick McCole on the left ended with his shot being well saved but the loose ball was hammered home by Fernie for his and Rovers second goal of the game for 2-1 to the home side.

The visitors kept pressing for a second equaliser and almost got in in comic cut fashion when Bruce played an attempted clearance of his own defender John Renwick before it struck the post and was cleared by the home defence.

Port Glasgow did however get the next goal of the match when Anderson hit an excellent strike from all of 30 yards that sailed over Bruce in the Rovers goal for 2-2 after 73 mins.

Carluke again showed their fighting spirit though when they kept their visitors on the back foot and after good pressure from Carluke Port Glasgow were penalised for a pass back to the goalkeeper and Weir and Watt played a short ball between them but Weirs final shot was blocked by the defending wall but he reacted quickest and fired a low shot in to the net for 3-2.

Rovers were now in control of the match and rounded off the scoring in the 86th min with a fine move when Weir set Watt free on the right and after cutting in to the Port Glasgow box he played a ball to the front post and Fernie sneaked in front of his marker to stab home his third of the match to give a final score of 4-2 to the home side.

Rovers Team.
Bruce, Wilson, Lowdon, Renwick, Biggart, Mitchell(Bellew), McCole. Haddow, Weir(Stark), Fernie(Duncan), Watt.

Match Report by Craig Martin