Rossvale back on top of table after overcoming Carluke

Jubilant Rossvale players celebrate their win at Carluke
Jubilant Rossvale players celebrate their win at Carluke

Rossvale reclaimed pole position in the Central District First Division table with a 3-1 win at Carluke Rovers on Saturday.

The match was a scrappy affair with neither team managing any form of sustainable dominance.

Both goalkeepers proved to be on their toes during the early skirmishes.

Jordan Bowskill was called into action first in the Rossvale goal with a good save to his right hand side from one of the Carluke strikers who managed to get on the end of a head flick on from his strike partner.

In the same second minute of the game Jason McKay’s 25-yard effort forced the Carluke ‘keeper Grier into a fine save.

Bowskill produced another good stop low at his right hand post before Rossvale broke the deadlock in thw 19th minute after a sweeping move.

Joe Bradley, Chris McQuade and Alex Cassells were all involved before Michael Hardie fired in a low cross between the Carluke keeper and his defenders which McCole could only turn into his own net.

Carluke’s best opportunity of the half fell to Weir who found himself with only Bowskill to beat but his hesitation allowed Doherty to clear just he was about to pull the trigger.

Rossvale doubled their lead in 38 minutes when they were awarded a penalty for a clumsy challenge on Robert O’Donnell and McQuade sent Grier the wrong way from the spot.

After the restart Carluke were on the front foot with Bowskill called into action again, diving low to save from Watt and six minutes later the same player had Bowskill springing from his line to make another great stop.

At this point Carluke looked the more likely to produce the next goal, although Rossvale almost added tyo their lead with a counter attack from one of the home side’s corners.

From his own box Ralph Gamba charged more than half the pitch length with the ball at his feet. Ralph played the ball wide to the right to Fraser Team and McKay just failed to get on the end ogf his cross.

Carluke reduced the deficit in the 76th minute when a long ball over the top of the Rossvale defence was collected by Weir whose finish form 10 yards out left Bowskill helpless.

Carluke pushed for an equaliser but it was Rossvale who stole the initiative and regained their two-goal advantage seven minutes later.

Team picked out Bradley, he whipped in a cross and this time McKay was able to get the telling touch.

In the closing stages Rossvale almost extended their lead again through Team after some excellent build up play involving Hardie, McQuade and Kane, but Grier proved to be equal to his strike, blocking with his feet.