Cambuslang 3 Forth 2
Forth lost 3-2 to Cambuslang at Somervell Park yesterday afternoon in a game in which they undoubtedly deserved something from. However, a needless sending off for Kris Dick gave the hosts an advantage and despite first half goals from Ian Harty and Chris Lennon, the Wanderers fell to defeat.
Forth were along the usual lines for their first match under new manager Jamie McKenzie, with the addition of former player John Watson who started as a trialist in midfield. And it was the Wanderers who started the brightest and took the lead with a mere three minutes on the clock. The Lang defence failed to clear a Forth free kick played into the box and Ian Harty pounced to fire the ball past Finnigan.
After Troy McKerrell had fired wide for the Lang on 10 minutes, Forth almost doubled their lead a minute later when a Chris Lennon effort smashed off the top of the bar with Finnigan beaten. The hosts were also looking dangerous as the play flowed from end to end and Ross Hamilton should really have equalised after 15 minutes, when a corner found him in space but he couldn’t direct his header on target. Craig Grierson was next to threaten for Lang but shot tamely into Forth keeper Paul Smith’s arms.
Chris Lennon was proving to be a thorn in the side of the home defence and he embarked on another telling run after 17 minutes, only to see his final shot fly wide. The scores were level after 26 minutes when Willie Easton ran through the Forth defence and slotted home and more goals looked likely as both sides appeared committed to attack.
A third goal duly arrived on 35 minutes and it was the Wanderers who were back in the lead, Chris Lennon finishing neatly for his third goal of the season. The Lang pressed for an equaliser as half time approached and Grierson fired narrowly wide after a good run before Forth keeper Smith made a terrific stop just prior to half time to deny Cambuslang an equaliser.
Early in the second half,John Watson, who had made an impressive Wanderers return was the victim of a poor challenge and after lengthy treatment had to be replaced by Jim Dick. Jordan Smith then went close for Forth, meeting a Gilchrist corner on the volley only to see his effort hit the bar and rebound to safety. Cambuslang took advantage of this good fortune to equalise on the hour mark, Paul Burns heading home from a corner.
It was anyone’s game now but a moment of stupidity from Kris Dick gave the advantage to the Lang. The Forth man was needlessly sent off for stamping on an opponent, sparking a melee and giving the referee no option but to brandish the red card. The Wanderers continued to attack however and Gilchrist fired a free kick narrowly wide on 77 minutes before Grierson scored what ultimately proved to be the winner with 10 minutes remaining as the Lang capitalised on their numeric superiority.
Forth continued to plug away in search of the equaliser but the Lang defence held firm, a Barry Canning header which drifted just wide the closest they came.
Another defeat yes, but a much improved performance from the Wanderers and we can only speculate on the outcome had it remained 11 v 11. Next up is another tough away match at Johnstone Burgh but one we can approach positively.
Forth team : P.Smith,Howson,Grant,Canning,Smith,K.Dick,Brown(Corbett),Watson(J.Dick),