Rossvale and Peasy held to draws – but teams look to the future

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FIXTURE chaos and a lack of personnel have cost Rossvale points, but gaffer Ian Gray is aiming to finish the season with a flourish.

The Bishopbriggs juniors side were beaten 6-1 by St Roch’s last Wednesday.

On Saturday, Vale were 2-0 up away to Forth Wanderers, but shipped two goals and left with only a point.

Rossvale are still sixth in the Central District Second Division, with two games left.

Gray said: “We should have won on Saturday. We were 2-0 up when the referee gave them a penalty for nothing.

“It was a great performance as I had only nine players and had to draft in two from the amateurs who had already played that morning.”

He added: “The fixtures are a joke. We had four games left and they are making us play three in six days – all away from home – then a gap of eight days and our last fixture is at home on a Wednesday night!“

Rossvale were due to play Maryhill away on Tuesday night (April 17) at 6.45pm.

Vale will play their final league game against Forth Wanderers at Petershill Park at 6.45pm next Wednesday (April 25).

Despite the problems, Gray insisted: “Two games left – two wins is the target.”

Meanwhile, Petershill’s hopes of clinching the league title were quashed after a cruel last-minute penalty was awarded to Ashfield on Saturday. Peasy had to win this league game to give them the upper hand over title chasers Irvine Meadow XI, but they only managed to secure a point.

Ryan Jordan scored the opener at Petershill Park in the 11th minute, giving Peasy the start they had hoped for.

But an 87th-minute penalty awarded to Ashfield ruined Peasy’s chances of securing the league.

Co-manager Scott Smith said: “The game was flat and we did not play well at all.

“It was a game we had to win and we didn’t so it ends any kind of hopes of winning the league.

“It is a disappointing end to the season.”

Smith bravely admits that he cannot see Irvine Meadow XI losing the league at this stage due to the quality of their squad.

He said: “There is too much quality in their squad. We just run out of steam at the end and they have an abundance of players to choose from.

“It would be a major shock for them not to win. The best team always wins the league.”

Smith’s side take on Linlithgow for a friendly on Saturday.