Brave Rob Roy forced to settle for a draw after “fabulous” second half display

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A SPIRITED second half comeback wasn’t enough to see Rob Roy claim their first league victory for three months on Saturday.

Cup ties and cancellations have meant the Kirkintilloch team have only played five Premier Division ties this year - with the last win being the 4-0 demolition of Glenafton back on January 5.

The game against Irvine Meadow on Saturday saw a beleaguered Rabs go 3-1 down at half time, but a change of tactics saw two second half goals without reply earn them a point - Rabs’ third draw in their last four league outings.

A series of opportunities to land the maximum three points were spurned in the dying minutes, but gaffer Jimmy Lindsay was still delighted by his side’s second half performance.

He said: “To be fair to Meadow, in the first half they really did play very well indeed.

“They were firing long balls in behind us and causing us real problems. For much of the first half the main issue was that we were simply not getting the ball.

“We changed our tactics in the second half and played absolutely fantastic. It’s probably the best we’ve played all season.

“Our way of playing is always to keep the ball down and get passing, but in games you sometimes have to do something a bit different. We sat back a bit and went on the counter-attack which really worked.

“We had plenty of opportunities to get the winner but it just didn’t happen.”

Next Saturday sees Rob Roy continue their league campaign with a crucial six-pointer against third-placed Clydebank, who are just four points ahead of Rabs having played four more games.

Lindsay said: “The next two weeks, against Clydebank and Cumnock are critical for us in the league - particularly since Clydebank play fourth placed Ashfied the week after meeting us.

“The last time we played Clydebank they beat us 3-0 at our own ground when we just didn’t turn up.

“If we can play like we did in the second half though we could certainly get a result.”

He added: “We’re struggling a wee bit with injuries at the moment but we’re hoping to have a couple of players back to full fitness in time for the weekend.”

Rob Roy play Clydebank on Saturday at Holm Park. Kick-off is 2pm.

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