Royal win for Rossvale is third on the trot

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BISHOPBRIGGS side Rossvale FC notched up another first on Saturday.

Vale beat Royal Albert 2-0 – the first time they have recorded three wins on the spin as a junior side.

The away victory consolidates sixth position in the league and is another indicator the Bishopbriggs side have made real progress in their first season in Central District Second Division.

The hard-fought win over Royal Albert also means they have been victorious in seven out of the last nine games.

Manager Ian Gray was happy with the win, but a poor surface and indiscipline among the Royal ranks left Vale frustrated.

Gray said: “The surface was really poor. It was very hard, not really conducive to decent football. At the end of the day we ground the result out.”

The first half was a stalemate, with Rossvale rarely troubled except a shot from 30 yards which hit the bar.

In the second half Rossvale were awarded a penalty on the hour mark after a hand-ball. Andy Collins made no mistake from the spot – sticking it in the stanchion of the goal.

Gray revealed it was yet another milestone.

“That’s the first penalty we’ve had this season,” he said.

After the goal, Royal Albert lost their discipline and had a man sent off, but still managed to create a couple of chances.

Vale put the game to bed when they scored a good goal 10 minutes from full-time.

Ross Hepburn clipped the ball over the keeper after a lightning break.

Gray admitted: “We should have scored another couple in the last five minutes. It wasn’t the greatest of games.”

But he emphasised: “Three wins in a row – that’s the first time we’ve done that as well.”

Rossvale now have only four fixtures left this season. They have no game this weekend, but will play St Roch’s away next Wednesday (April 11). Kick-off at 6.30pm.

Gray admits it’s going to be a challenging end to the season. As well as St Roch’s, Rossvale will play away to Maryhill and have two games against Forth – home and away.

The aim is to remain in sixth spot and then push on for next season.

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