All that has been poor about Carlukes season so far resurfaced on Saturday as they slipped to their second defeat in a week, there were few if any pass marks for the team and a big improvement will be needed if they want to take anything from next weeks local derby away to Lanark.
Carluke lost a goal after only 15 seconds when a challenge on Chick McCole went unpunished and Vale were quickest to react scoring after a quick one two in front of goal.
Worse was to follow for Rovers when they lost another goal in under two minutes due to slack play between defence and keeper to give Vale of Leven a 2-0 lead.
Carluke literally had an uphill task as they played up the slope in the first half trying to get back in to the match.
Mark Weir set Lewis McDougall free on the left in 5 mins to create a first chance for Rovers but there were no takers for his cross ball.
Carluke did get a goal in 15 mins when a fantastic ball from Gary Gow found Ian Watt who was brought down at the expense of a penalty with only a yellow card being shown despite him being about to score but Weir slammed the kick home for 2-1.
Watt saw a dipping volley well saved by the home keeper as Rovers chased an equaliser then he worked well to create an opening for another shot but his effort was blocked.
The last chance of the half fell to Mark Haddow when a free kick was played in to him but his effort went wide.
Half time – Vale of Leven 2 v 1 Carluke Rovers.
The start of the second half saw Carluke control the play but they again struggled to break down a stubborn Vale defence.
The visitors best move of the match ended with a McDougall shot being blocked for a corner which when played in was headed for goal by Watt but his effort was saved.
The stuffing was knocked out of Carluke when they lost another goal in 61 minutes against the run of play to give the home side a 3-1 lead and they never looked like losing the match after that.
The final score came in the 69th min when yet another error from Carluke allowed Vale in to score a fourth goal to give a final score of 4-1.
Bruce, Wilson, Lowdon, Biggart, Gow, Vezza, McCole, Haddow, Weir(Fernie), McDougall(Mitchell) Watt.