Dominant Rossvale get back on winning track

Alex Cassells nets Rossvale's opener against Lesmahagow from the penalty spot.
Alex Cassells nets Rossvale's opener against Lesmahagow from the penalty spot.
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Rossvale got back into winning ways on Saturday with a 2-0 win over Lesmahagow in a very physical Central First Division match at Petershill Park.

A good crowd saw ’Vale, boosted by the return of Michael Hardie on loan from Alloa, look more like themselves after three successive cup and league defeats.

They got straight into the attack and continued that way for most of the game.

Ex-Partick Thistle youth players Alex Cassells and Corey Irvine were causing endless problems for the ’Gow defence with their surging runs and after only seven minutes Cassells hit the crossbar after a great piece of inter-play with Irvine.

Jamie McDonald was booked for a foul on Cassells before nice piece of play from ’Gow’s Hamilton and Coffey ended with Coffey’s shot easily dealt with by Jon
Connolly.

More nice touches between Cassells and Irvine saw an effort blocked by the ’Gow ’keeper Barnes but it only rebounded to Irvine and again between both of them set up Fraser Team whose shot hit the upright.

Hamilton tested Connolly from 20 yards, the ’keeper managing to punch away, before ’Vale went straight up the other end and after the best move of the half Hepburn was brought down for a penalty which Cassells converted for the opening goal.

After another lovely move Cassells had another ‘goal’ disallowed for offside and then the ’Vale man got through one on one with the ’keeper but shot wide.

Cassells was replaced just after half-time by Ryan Kane who also caused problems straight away and was brought down for a second penalty.

Kane took the resulting spot kick himself but put it past the post.

After a good run down the left Jay McKay crossed to Hepburn whose shot sneaked past.

Rossvale were totally dominbating but suffered a blow when midfielder Jamie Hunter had to leave the field after another hard tackle with a chipped bone in his foot, putting him out for up to eight weeks.

But Irvine finished the game with another great shot which rebounded off Barnes straight to Team who made no mistake, burying his shot into the corner of the net with the ’keeper stranded.