Carluke Rovers FC v Wishaw FC

Mon 30 December 2013
Score: 3 - 4

Match Report

Carluke started this match well with Ian Watt causing his usual trouble with forward run from the right of midfield but his parting shot from one of these was well wide of the target after 8 mins Rovers did take the lead shortly after this however when a great move through the whole side ended with a ball knocked in to the path of Darren Hamilton by Stephen Ferguson with Hamilton strong in the challenge and eventually chipping the ball home for 1-0.

As usual lately Rovers helped their opponents get back in to the match with poor passing and they lost possession in 18 mins to allow Wishaw to level at 1-1.

There followed a period of poor play in the midfield for a while after this before Gordon Murphy hit a cross cum shot from the left that went just over the Wishaw bar in the 32nd min.

Watt then had a long range shot easily saved after being set up by Craig Stewart a minute later. The last ten mins of the half saw goals galore when Wishaw took the lead after a Rovers attack broke down in 35 mins then they went 3-1 up a minute later with the Rovers defence and all in the crowd waiting for an off-side decision that never came.

In 40 mins Rovers brought it back to 3-2 when Craig Stark set Hamilton up in the 40th min and a great low finish from the striker got his and Carlukes second goal of the night.

Carluke were unlucky not to get on level terms in the 43rd min when Hamilton had an excellent shot well saved, but it was in fact Wishaw who got the last goal of the half when Rovers again lost possession allowing them to break up field with a couple of passes before they slotted home to give a half time score of Rovers 2 v 4 Wishaw.

The second half saw Rovers control most of the play limiting Wishaw to hitting on the break and in the 54th min Murphy played a great ball in from the left which was met by an equally good header from Ferguson to make it 4-3.

The same pairing continued to make chances but none of these were taken and the match petered out on a whimper giving victory to the visitors by the odd goal in seven.