Rob Roy suffer in bruising four-goal encounter

Stewart Maxwell
Stewart Maxwell

Rob Roy suffered a second successive heavy league defeat on Saturday - as title contenders Auchinleck blasted four without reply.

The Kirkintilloch team’s fans also suffered the worrying sight of goalkeeper Mark Wilson being forced to leave the field after suffering three broken ribs.

By that point Rabs were already 3-0 down but, with no replacement goalie available, the team had the further indignity of having to put an outfield player between the sticks.

Not for the first time this season, the outcome could have been different if Rob Roy had taken their chances and had a bit of luck.

Gaffer Stewart Maxwell told the Herald: “We were excellent for 35 minutes and played really well.

“But then we lost a debatable first goal. There was a call for handball but the referee waved play on, the ball took a deflection and ended up in the net.

“Once again we just didn’t get the rub of the green and created plenty of opportunities but couldn’t take any of them.

“To be fair, just before half time they scored a very well-worked goal but we were very disappointed to be 2-0 down after 45 minutes when we really did give as good as we got.”

He added: “We battled on in the second half but then the goalie took a sore one and broke three of his ribs.

“It was pretty deflating for the team for us to have to put an outfield player in goals.

“Auchinleck scored two quick goals and that was the end of the game.”

The result means that Rob Roy still sit fourth in the league table, but with clear air between them and their vanquishers of the past two weeks - runaway leaders Auchinleck and Irvine Meadow.

They now face league whipping boys Arthurlie on Saturday, knowing that they need to get more points on the board to guarantee their premier league survival for next season.

The Barrhead team sit bottom of the table with just two wins all season.

Maxwell said: “We just have to dust ourselves down and get on with it.

“The game against Arthulie is massive for us and we have to get something out of it.

“We’re really in our own mini-league with teams like Hurlford, Petershill, Clydebank and Glenafton.

“We now have two league games before our next cup tie - the other one is against Petershill - and they are the ones we really need to win.”

Rob Roy take on Arthurlie at Dunterlie Park on Saturday, January 25. Kick-off is at 1.45pm.