The league season has begun with a 0-2 win at Vale of Clyde, courtesy of goals by new signing Shaun McKenna and a last minute clincher by Dale Gordon plus a penalty save by Gareth Halford. This was our first game in the post John Brogan era who has gone to manage Wishaw.
Team was taken temporarily by Paul Burns, who turned out and played well at left back, supported by ex lanark stalwart Craig Stark and friend of the club Thomas Mcgauley (for this game only due to other commitments).
Yesterday saw us host Royal Albert who had soundly beaten us 3-0 at Stonehouse a couple of weeks ago in the League Cup in what was an abject performance by us. Paul Burns did not select himself and was missed. Shaun Gallagher was off to Mexico and was missed. We were bolstered by the sight of 'Shug' Kelly on the bench having made a trip back from Ireland. I thought both teams were poor yesterday and we were weakened by an awful tackle on Ronan Kearney on 40 minutes which should have resulted in a red card. The only person who thought otherwise was the referee, who had a very poor game. This resulted in Ronan hobbling off to be replaced by the aforementioned Shug.
2nd half saw us score from a McKenna penalty on 52 minutes and a Gordon header from a rare set piece goal only to concede a penalty on 76 minutes and then lose the equaliser on the 92nd minute after some very poor defending by our left back although manager Burns had some choice words for Shug as he considered he was in some way culpable. This was harder to take as Stuart Annetts had missed a golden chance to seal the victory in the 91st minute.
4 points from 2 games. 3rd in the table unbeaten but with weakest squad I can ever recall. One presumes the management team appointment will be resolved this week. Their first task will be to attract some new recruits to bolster the squad otherwise we will do well to finish in the top half of the table, in my opinion, based upon what I have seen so far this season.
Pitch is looking wonderful thanks to Geordie's Trojan efforts and I thoroughly enjoyed my first Lanark pie of the season.