Larkhall Thistle 0 GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 2
The Glens travelled to Larkhall with speculation over Gordon Dalziel's replacement threatening to be a distraction from the three-point task in hand. Notice was duly served of the enormity of the task facing the Glens when prior to kick-off ex-Glens Manager Gary Faulds and his Larkhall side were presented with the Super League 'Team of the Month Award'. With three wins from three, including a 6-0 cuffing of Cumnock, Larkhall would surely prove to be formidable opposition.
However, with the pleasantries over the Glens served their own notice and were soon cooking with gas at the Gasworks Park. A flurry of Glenafton corners suggested that the home goalie was in for a torrid time as he flapped and floundered in a penalty box that was regularly packed with defenders and attackers alike. He finally succumbed just before the 15 minute mark when Dale Beattie drilled home from 10 yards out, after clever work on the left by Stevie Mallon. Chance after chance then fell to the Glens with Stuart Boyd, Craig Bingham, Richie Newall and Stevie Agnew all going close with Aggie's shot agonisingly smashing off the post.
Larkhall did threaten on occasion, particularly via speedy wing-play but found a Glens back four determined it seemed to give their goalie Gary Matthews a rest day. Outstanding in an outstanding defence best sums up John McCaig's performance, the John Lennon of this fab four. The Glens midfield worked tiredelessly on a pitch that was fast becoming heavy and they simply overpowered their Larkhall counterparts through brawn and brain. Astonishingly the half finished with the dominant Glens enjoying the slenderest of leads. 1-0 at half-time.
Negative thoughts of paying the price for failing to convert chances into goals quickly evaporated as Stevie Agnew powered passed a pondering home defence and found himself one-on-one against the Larkie goalie. Whilst many were still queuing for pies and bovrils, Aggie bagged the Glens second with a cool finish, 2-0. The big goalie who had been injured at the end of the first half would take no further part in the game and was replaced by an outfield player. This double whammy appeared to galvanise the home side and for the first time they enjoyed some sustained possession and yet only created two real chances. One a curling long range shot that came off the Glens crossbar and another shot which had to be cleared from the Glens line , after Matthews had punched the ball clear. Mallon and Boyd continued to harass Larkhall but apart from one flap the stand-in goalie can take pride in his performance and in his own personal clean sheet as the Glens finished the game as 2-0 victors.
As promised, at the end of the game the Club issued a press statement and were delighted to announce that Stevie Mallon will now join Dave Kennedy and Andy Dunlop on the Glens Management Team, a move that has the full backing of the current playing squad. The travelling support echoed this sentiment as the team were cheered off the park with an extra loud cheer reserved for Stevie Mallan, looking unfamiliarly bashful... but it's back to business next week against Cumnock
Blue Heaven in Larkhall as Dale Beattie makes it 1-0 after fine work from Stevie Mallan (No.10)
Aggie-nisingly near !
Craig Bingham's close encounter
Arthurlie 3 Auchinleck 1, Cumnock 0 Pollok 2, Johnstone 0 Bellshill 8, Renfrew 1 Kilwinning 2, Troon 3 Maryhill 3.