GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 0 Pollok 0
The Glens have yet to record a league victory over Pollok but having fought back to secure a 2-2 draw at Newlandsfield in January there was an air of optimism about Loch Park that the time had come to put that record straight. However, like the Arctic conditions that engulfed
Half-Time Glenafton Athletic 0 Pollok 0
Darren Johnstone came on for Scott Houston who had had a tough shift against Pollok’s man-of-the-match Derek Heaton. Although the temperature continued to fall and the wind blew just as hard, the frozen air of optimism began to show signs of thawing as the Glens started the second-half brightly. A strong shout for a penalty kick was turned down when a Pollok arm deflected a Glens shot in a busy penalty box. Stevie Agnew then had the Pollok keeper scurrying back to his goal-line but his lob skimmed off the top-side of the bar. With 10 minutes of the half gone Darren Johnstone broke into the box and managed to get his shot away before a lunging tackle by Cruickshank, but Budinauckas, saved well. As is often the case, playing with the wind at your back is not always an advantage and certainly this seemed to be the case for Pollok, who were less potent as an attacking force in the second half. McClay, ably assisted by Aitchinson were more involved in breaking down play with a succession of niggly fouls (which went unpunished), rather than building play from the back. Black had faded badly from the game after his miss and Friels appeared to be ploughing a lone furrow up front, although he always had McGregor for company. With 10 minutes to go Friels did manage to lose McGregor and skip beyond the out-coming Matthews, but the big goalie had forced the ‘Lok forward wide enough and his shot from an acute angle failed to find the empty net.
Friels had another effort deep into injury time but Matthews saved his header with ease; prior to which the Lok had survived a late fright after good work by Agnew and Brian Chiesa, who had earlier replaced Craig Bingham.
The visitors may feel aggrieved at passing up two golden opportunities to claim the three points, but on reflection both sides will look on a share of the points as ample reward from a game that neither side dominated.
Final Score Glenafton Athletic 0 Pollok 0
Glenafton Athletic : Matthews; Mitchell, McGregor, McCaig (Agnew), Mathie; Bingham (Chiesa), Howie, Blair, Stewart; Allan,
Pollok: Budinauckas, Carruth (Essler), Cruickshank, Aitchison, Heaton, McClay, Miller, Currie (Kinney), Friels, Stewart (Tinney) Black.
Brian Blair gets a helping hand while Bella looks after Joe.
Brian Blair header goes wide as Roddie clasps his hands in prayer!
Zander Allan with Stevie Aitchison, Andy McClay and Derek Heaton
Stevie Agnew in control
Glens Zander Allan, Craig Bingham and Steven McGregor with Pollok's Derek Heaton, Simon Black, Chris Cruickshank and Stevie Aitchison
The "SBFC" can't believe it as Simon misses- but did Lokette get the shot?
Darren Johnstone shoots for goal as Chris Cruickshank approaches and Joe closes in
Joe's had enough !
Pollok fans get behind Gerry - but what's happening to Stevie Aitchison!!