Lesmahagow vs Annbank
Craighead Park, Lesmahagow
Saturday 23rd February - 2pm kick off
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RESULT: Vale of Clyde 1-2 Annbank
The bankies took points off Vale of Clyde for the second time this season winning 2-1 away from home. Jordan Ryan opened the scoring in the first half from the penalty spot before Vale drew level in the second. Cammy Ross scored a winner in the 96th minute to ensure all 3 points.
Starting Lineup: McClung, Wilson, Dunlop, Sloan, Fitzimmons, Taylor, Smith, McLelland, Ross, McClymont, Ryan
RESULT: Newmains 4-2 Annbank
The bankies went down to fellow struggles Newmains away from home. The bankies played 80 minutes with 10 men as Michael Mossie was dismissed. Jack Taylor and Adam Lawrie both scored their 4th goal of the season.
RESULT: Annbank 1-4 Vale of Leven
The bankies were visited by third top Vale of Leven having lost 7-2 in the reverse fixture earlier in the season. For the first 10 minutes play was fairly even between both teams but it was Vale that took the lead after 12 minutes. A quick break away following a poor bankies corner resulted in Lee McGeachy slicing a shot across Danny Gray into the bottom corner. On 16 minutes it was two as Craig Cowan slammed a freekick low into the bottom corner. Up the other end on 21 minutes and Tucker Sloan picked out Lee McClymont but his shot across the keeper was well saved by the keepers legs. McClymont had a part to play in the next Vale goal after giving away a penalty which Craig Cowan stepped up and put past Gray to make it 3-0, a few moments later it was 4. A long throw into the box was met by the attacker who slipped it across the area for Richie Stewart to fire through Gray's legs. On the half hour mark the Vale keeper held a Cammy Ross effort and then Danny made a fine save up the other end to stop Vale going further ahead.
Just after the break the bankies got one back, Cammy Ross did well pressuring the defenders before winning the ball back, Lee McClymont was played in and he slid a shot into the corner of the goal. A Stevie McLelland volley was held by the Vale keeper as the bankies started the second half more lively. Danny Gray made a series of three saves in the space of 5 minutes to keep the bankies in the game. Another break up field on 71 minutes saw both Gray and Sloan do well to marshal the attacker with Danny making a save and tucker clearing off the line. On 75 minutes the bankies should have had a second, Adam Lawrie sliced a shot but the ball fell kindly to Jordan Ryan 1-1 but he put his effort narrowly wide. Just before full time, Lee McClymont had an effort saved by the Vale keeper.
Starting Lineup: Gray, Sloan, Mossie, Dunlop, Orr(Trialist), Taylor, Smith(Dunn), McLelland, Ross(Lawrie), McClymont, Ryan
The bankies are pleased to announce the signings of goalkeeper Matt McClung and defender Michael Mossie. Welcome to the club lads.
RESULT: Annbank 2-3 Lesmahagow
A feisty affair for the bankies against second place 'Gow resulted in a narrow loss. 'Gow had a penalty appeal turned away in the first minute and as the ball was quickly worked up the other end both Lee McClymont and Adam Lawrie had efforts held. On 5 minutes Euan Smith drove into the box before playing across the area however the ball was deflected into the path of Dillan Dunn who saw his shot blocked. 'Gow took the lead on 11 minutes when they were awarded a soft penalty which was converted past stand in keeper Dan McColgan. On 19 minutes it was two as a low cross was turned into his own net by Ryan McCrone with an attacker breathing down his neck. After 23 minutes it could have been 3 as a 'Gow player got in before twisting and turning past his man but fired his shot well over the bar. Things got worse for the bankies just after half time as Johnny Dunlop had to come off after dislocating his shoulder and bravely playing on.
Just after half time McColgan pulled of an excellent save from a 'Gow header to keep the score line down. As previously mentioned the game was fiercely contested in midfield with some strong challenges going in and the referee had a hard job of keeping a lid on the match, unfortunately he wasn't in control of the game at all and looked well out his depth. Things boiled over as what can only be described as an assault on Callum Walker was met with only a yellow card, the resulting confrontation say Ian McIntyre send from the bankies dugout and the 'Gow no 9 also dismissed. The bankies got back into it on 80 minutes after some neat football Stevie McLelland side footed past the keeper. However hopes were dashed again on 84 as the 'Gow striker was allowed to pull the ball out the air and play in his stike partner who coolly finished past McColgan. There was late drama in the 91st minute as Jordan Ryan fired home from the edge of the area but the bankies didn't have time for the equaliser.