Draw leaves Rob Roy league hopes hanging by a thread

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ROB Roy gaffer Jimmy Lindsay has admitted his side’s league challenge could be over for another year after an entertaining tussle against Ashfield led to two dropped points.

Rabs quickly went 2-0 up in the match on Saturday, but a spirited fightback meant the Kirkintilloch team had to settle for a 2-2 draw after 90 minutes of often thrilling football.

Wins at the weekend for leaders Auchinleck and Petershill mean that Rob Roy now trail their title rivals by 11 and nine points respectively.

Lindsay told the Herald: “It will be very difficult to catch them now and we’d probably have to win every single game to even have a chance.

“Having said that, if we can finish third it would be a real achievement and we’re still in both cups.”

He added: “Of course I’m disappointed by the result, but in the first 30 minutes we played probably the best football we have this season.

“We were 2-0 up, but it could have been 4-0. Then we switched off 10 minutes before half-time and Ashfield scored, which changed the game.

“All credit to Ashfield in the second half – they really battled and the game could have gone either way. It was a great spectacle.”

It’s back to cup business this weekend for Rabs, with a home tie against Rosyth in the fourth round of the Scottish Junior Cup.

Lindsay said: “We’re really looking forward to it and, like all cup games, it’s a one-off and impossible to predict what’s going to happen.

“We just hope it’ll be a good game and we get plenty of support. Our crowds have been going up so we’re obviously doing something right and playing entertaining football.”

Rob Roy take on Rosyth at Adamslie Park on Saturday. Kick-off is at 1.45pm. Turn to page 31 for a match report.

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