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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

 

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3 Comments

Reply gb
9:05 AM on June 5, 2014 
Not the best of seasons, indeed am glad it's over as we were at the wrong end of the table for most of it! that said it wasnt all doom and gloom as we survived and there were several great displays and results to savour, clearly Arthurlie would be the highlight as it's not often we trounce a premier league side and in some style too. Would'nt say it's the highlight of my time watching Lanark though, i preferred the evening times cup final and the win over Glenafton to secure promotion to the premier league. Brian and his assistants have now got a years experience which they'll need as next years league looks tougher. Finally, credit to Brian for keeping fans up to date with things and sharing his thoughts throughout the season. Mon the Yowes.
Reply Yowe6
4:08 PM on May 26, 2014 
Great feedback Brian. It's greatly appreciated to be kept up to date with goings on and hopefully having the experience of not being able to take any game for granted the team can go on to be challenging for promotion next season. BC57, great points and I'm sure next season will prove more fruitful.
Reply bc57
4:34 AM on May 26, 2014 
Interesting to reflect on the season gone by and remember some of the missed opportunities, such as the missed penalty v Cambuslang or losing a 2-0 ht lead to St Ants.
I recall us being woeful against Maryhill and seem to recall they hadn't scored a single league goal until they played us. However, we had some very good results and performances which always gave me hope and amply illustrated what we were capable of.
I'd say Aldo's injury cost us dearly.
One of the very few games I missed was the win against Arthurlie. Interesting to read Tam's view on how he saw that result. I will remind him when we absolutely hammered a good Talbot team 1-0 in the top league a few seasons ago as being my highlight of my 7 years watching Lanark.

I am delighted we survived. Whilst on occasions we have left a game frustrated, there are other times when we have seen some great stuff from a talented bunch of lads. I hope we can retain their services for next season but realise that, for one reason or another that will not be possible in every case.

Thanks to the team, the Management and the Committee for their efforts on behalf of Lanark.

I am looking forward to the new season already.