|Posted by Brian on May 23, 2014 at 6:05 PM|
July was a hectic first full month trying to get the boys from last year signed up and also attract new players. We did however manage to get 12 pre-season sessions in before our first friendly against a very decent Lugar side who as expected went on to have a good season. Unfortunately we lost the semi-final of the Clydesdale Cup away to Carluke and finished the month with another two friendlies to help our fitness before the season got underway.
August started with an excellent away friendly at Fauldhouse where the team competed particularly well against an organized and professional outfit and it was not to be in the league cup section with two narrow defeats by Larkhall and the Gow before our first competitive victory over Royal Albert. The month ended with three league matches where we picked up two home points, the most difficult to take being the harsh red card when comfortably leading Carluke one nil.
September turned out to be far more positive with two excellent away victories versus the Ants and Perthshire either side of a lack lustre home performance against Maryhill.
A last minute penalty miss against Cambuslang prevented October starting in a more encouraging manner, however excellent performances in the West and Scottish Cups helped lift the spirits going into November.
Our poor home form however continued with a defeat by Bellshill and unfortunately our Scottish cup run came to an end against a stuffy Yoker team.
December looked like being the changing point in our season with a tremendous two nil victory away at top of the table Dunipace followed by a 2 nil HT lead against the Ants, however only to completely blow it and end up losing three goals and allowing the rollercoaster season to continue. I truly believe this was a pivotal moment, as rather than going on a run with confidence we had to try and lift a demoralized dressing room, an early lesson in football management indeed!!!!
The New Year did not bring much change in fortune with two displays against Larkhall and Bellshill that may have merited points on another day, however on both occasions we left with zero.
February was the month of postponements, however also the month where according to Tam Anderson the team produced the best result the club has experienced in over a decade against Arthurlie. This would turn out to be probably the proudest and most enjoyable match of the season.
March turned out to be rather hectic with five games squeezed in this month with the team managing to pick up only five points from a possible fifteen and this was the time when it really dawned on us that we were absolutely in a relegation dogfight.
Fortunately we managed to dig deep in April, picking up a well deserved home point versus the Bens, a must win three points away to Cambuslang and an always enjoyable three points away to Carluke. Unfortunately we left Shettleston with nothing after running them mighty close.
The final month of the season was dramatic to say the least with us leading the eventual league winners Neilston 2-1 with only 12 mins remaining and the same with Dunipace with almost no time remaining, however we certainly know how to make it difficult for ourselves and let it go the final game away to Johnstone. Once again we like to do things the hard way and allowed them to take the lead inside 15mins, however all credit to the rather depleted squad at this stage for showing some character and in the end running our comfortable winners by five goals to one.
Certainly a rollercoaster of a season with many highs (Forfar, Arthurlie, Dunipace, Cambuslang & Johnstone) and many lows (Carluke, Maryhill, Bellshill, Cambuslang and Neilston to name a few) but full credit to the squad for sticking by the team right to the end and making sure we secured our position in a highly competitive Central First Division.
For sure next season will bring its own challenges and there is no doubt that we will have to improve on our home form if we are to climb the table, however you can learn great things from your mistakes when you aren’t busy denying them!
Mon the Yowes and look forward to seeing you all in July