Feb 20 2013 By Will Henshaw
Cambuslang Rangers boss Alan Wardlaw breathed a massive sigh of relief as his side saw off Rossvale at Petershill Park.
Before the game, Alan feared that the second division’s newest side would pose them a huge problem, as they were level on points with the Lang before kick off, although had played several more games.
However, the Lang kept up their bid for promotion to ensure they stay in second place in the league table.
Alan said: “That was a big result for us, as we knew were facing a potential banana skin of a fixture. They were on 24 points, a decent amount of games, and we pointed out before kick off that they had beaten Johnstone Burgh and Wishaw, two teams we’ve not beaten this season. We knew they were more than capable of winning the points.
“However, their problem is that they’ve been inconsistent. On their day, they’re very good, and always capable of getting a good result, but just can’t put a run together. In many ways, they’re a lot like us last season.
“With hindsight, you can never say a 3-0 win was disappointing, but I felt in the first half that we were significantly on top, but their keeper had three decent stops and for a while we were struggling to hit the back of the net until Gordon Dick hit a very good effort which took a wee deflection on the way in just before half-time.
“We knew in the second half they would come out with all guns blazing but we got the second goal that we needed with a fine header from Adam Boyle. I was really happy with that one as it’s something we’ve been working on in training. We hit the post and the bar in the second half, so we can’t really complain, after Peter Innes got our third from the penalty spot.
“But full credit to Rossvale - we’re just pleased to have got the win, whether it was 1-0 or 5-0, you still get three points, and that’s what we wanted before the game.”
Alan believes that his squad are showing the right desire and level of commitment needed to keep themselves at the top of the table as promotion - and title - challengers.
Alan explained: “What’s really nice is that the boys are showing the right level of hunger, and you feel that there could be something big happening here, but there’s still a hell of a long way to go.
“I’ve been involved with junior football for over 30 years, since I was 16, and in all that time, I’ve only had one medal to show for it. There’s an awful lot of guys out there who have long careers but nothing to show for it.
“After the game on Saturday, Rossvale’s manager Ian Gray, to his credit, said that over the two games we’ve had this season, and from their other matches, he feels we’ve been the best side they’ve played against, which is great to hear. It was very generous too, as we’ve damaged their hopes for promotion with that result.
“But a lot of credit to our team, from back to front. Our keeper Chris Treacy deserves a lot of credit as he’s been very consistent this season, making important saves at important times, and again on Saturday he was there for us. Rossvale were awarded a very soft penalty, and Chris saved it.
“He does the simple things well, like taking command of his penalty box, and cutting our crossballs, which make a big difference over the season.”