Paul Burns has been appointed as our manager. I wish him well. Still unbeaten since he took charge of the team. Long may that continue.
|Posted by Yowe6 on August 30, 2017 at 3:05 AM||comments (1)|
Kick off 2pm at Moor Park, Lanark. League duty continues.
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.
Our season ultimately ended in disappointment as the league table doesn't lie. However, this has been the most enjoyable campaign that I can recall for quite some time thanks to the quality of some of the football we have played. Ultimately we drew too many games but it is the first Lanark team who also won points when not playing so well, getting a late equaliser or winner here and there. We even overcame our penalty hoodoo.
Some lovely football played by some good young players such as Ronan Kearney. We were bolstered after a poor start to our season by the signing of David O'Donnell and Gareth Halford from Newmains. Gareth is the best keeper that I can recall at Lanark.
Thanks then to the players, the management and everyone involved on our committee, without whom there would be no club. We still have one of the best pitches around - well done Geordie!
We are looking forward to next season already and hope that the club will keep the flow of information going about who's staying, who's going and who is signing.
C'Mon The Yowes!
Last game of the season. All or nothing.
Can't recall ever beating Gartcairn, so a good time to start. If we win we should go up but not mathematically certain. Results elsewhere could see us go up tomorrow IF we take care of business ourselves.
What will be will be.
Two games to go.
Our promotion rivals Gartcairn and Carluke have had good weeks not dropping points despite a punishing fixture schedule. Can we make the benefit of having not played since last weekend pay off for us at what is normally a happy hunting ground?
All in our own hands.
Good luck to the lads. Hoping we can put out a full squad tomorrow.
Having missed my first game of the season last weekend I hope to see us back to winning ways at a ground where we have done well at in recent seasons.
3 games to go. Promotion in our hands but cannot afford any more slip ups.
|Posted by Yowe6 on April 14, 2017 at 2:20 PM||comments (0)|
Another must win league game against difficult opposition. Venue is Tileworks Park, STONEHOUSE.
For me, the main aim was to give players who hadn't been playing a game, emerge injury free and get no yellow/red cards. A result would be a bonus.
We achieved all this and more. Thoroughly deserved our victory and we got a good performance too against a higher division, albeit poor Greenock. Not out starting 11 with no Cammy, Davie C nor Paul Burns nor indeed the enigma known as Shug! Finished the natch with 2 15 year olds.
First goal a penalty on the stroke of half time from yet another penalty taker, Andrew Creilly. Two excellent goals from young Ronan plus two shots against the woodwork with the keeper beaten by DD sealed the victory.
Another excellent performance from our keeper Gareth who has made such a difference to us. Must take my hat off to Alan Christie who gets used and abused in all sorts of positions. He gets on with it and steps up to do the right thing by the team.
Through to the next round in the knowledge that Carluke lost in the league against lowly Ashfield which puts promotion back in our own hands.
|Posted by Yowe6 on March 24, 2017 at 4:05 AM||comments (0)|
2 pm kick off at Moor Park, Lanark where we take on the league leaders.