Cambuslang Rangers 1-4 Vale of Clyde
Stagecoach Super 1st Division
at Somervell Park
As Cambuslang fans begin to loose patience with the management team the last thing they needed was a thumping from a side also in the relegation zone. Vale of Clyde ran out very comfortable winners at the weekend by a 4-1 margin.
Cambuslang have very little if no chance of staying in this division and there is no light visible at the end of this long tunnel they find themselves in. Even the return to Somervell of Brian Martin was not enough to lift the spirits of a team that just don't seem to be going anywhere and fast.
Saturday's defeat meant that it is now 19 games since Cambuslang Rangers last one a league game probably the longest run in the clubs illustrious history. and to be quite honest the performance on Saturday bordered on the embarrassment and is clearly not acceptable to a lot of loyal Cambuslang Rangers fans who are now, it seems, turning against the Lang management and Committee.
Its going to take a momentous turnaround in fortune if Cambuslang are to win any games from now until the end of the season as Saturday's performance was as poor as you will ever see at Somervell and certainly as poor as I have seen in my 15 years following the local side.
The visitors had very little to do earn their rewards as Cambuslang seemed to be still in the festive spirit gifting passes here there and everywhere that eventually cost them as Vale began to find themselves in on goal on quite a few occasions.
Indeed there were only 3 minutes on the clock when Vale opened the scoring. McLaughlin finding the back of the net after some poor defending. Cambuslang did have a couple of chance of their own and went close on 5 minutes when Taylor got on the end of a Gilroy knock down but the Lang defender fired over the bar. A minute later and Taylor then ha d a fine header well saved by Buchannan in the Vale goal. The ref showed a lot of leniency early on when Queen was late on at least 3 occasions but all the tackles went unpunished. Another chance for the Lang went a begging when Wade fired inches over form the edge of the box. Cambuslang best chance of the game came on 25 minutes, Wade broke up field and delivered a fine cross into the box but Gilroy half hearted attempt to reach it meant the chance was gone. On the half hour mark Cambuslang had keeper McGovern to thank as he pulled of a fine stop from the feet of Mackin. Vales second came only a minute later though and it was another defensive cock up. McLaughlin was allowed to waltz through the heart of the defence and he in turn fed Thompson who made no mistake firing past McGovern.A minute later and it was 3 for the Vale. McLaughlin hammered home his 2nd of the game after being given too much time in the box. Things went from bad to worse for Cambuslang as they conceded a forth just before the break. This time a poor attempted punch from McGovern allowed Templeton enough time to guide his header into the net.
Lomas Up For The Challenge, But Are His Team Mates?
Lomas(10) And Gilroy On The Attack
Vale came out in the second half and had a training session as they took their foot off the gas. Despite the visitors sitting back Cambuslang were still creating very little and huffing and puffing their way through the 45 minutes, indeed some players looked to be just going through the motions. Cambuslang replaced Gilroy with Faulds on 57 minutes. and vale made a change of their own when they brought on McGowan for Queen. There was very little happening on the park and fans were drifting out with 20 minutes still to go. An indication as to how poor Cambuslang have got. In a rare flurry up field Cambuslang went close through Gemmell, a fine strike had the keeper scrambling to his right and a fine finger tip save turned the ball round the post. On 75 minutes Taylor saw his free kick go inches over the bar. In the final minute something for the Lang fans that were left to cheer, a new year goal. Taylor's cross in tot he box came to Brain Martin and he stuck out a foot to tap the ball home from close range.
Kerr Gray Involved (5) After Late Challenge On McLaughlin, Stoddart (8) Lends A Helping Hand
Brain Martin (4) Marks His Return To Somervell With Langs Late Consolation
McGovern, Gallagher, Taylor, Martin, Gray, Gemmell (O'Neil 75) McKinnon, Stoddart, Gilroy(Faulds 57) Lomas, Wade
Subs Not Used, Trialist, Trialist, McGowan