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Lanark grab late equaliser against high-flying Royal Albert

United occupy ninth place in the Central District Second Division

Sean Taggart rescued a point for Lanark United in an entertaining 4-4 draw against Royal Albert at Craighead Park last Saturday.

Six goals were scored in the first half before Royal Albert went ahead shortly after the hour mark and Taggart, featuring as a trialist for United, headed home a late equaliser.

Saturday’s encounter was Lanark’s first competitive outing since their 4-1 defeat at the hands of Kilbirnie Ladeside in the third round of the Junior Cup early in December.

Shaun Gallagher fired the Royal Burgh side ahead after five minutes but an Allan Campbell header levelled the scoreline soon after.

Campbell was looking dangerous in possession for Royal Albert and he evaded a static United defence before putting his side ahead with a composed finish.

Lanark’s afternoon went from bad to worse when goalkeeper Jamie Mitchell brought down Campbell inside the box and Chris Dolan converted the resultant penalty to give his side a two-goal advantage.

United could have collapsed but fought back admirably and earned a penalty of their own on the half hour mark after an Albert defender handled the ball inside the box. Gallagher stepped up and calmly bagged his second goal of the game to reduce the deficit.

Lanark pressed forward in search of an equaliser before the break and were rewarded when an inviting corner from the left flank was met by Jack Stubbs who made no mistake from close range.

Both sides recoiled somewhat after a frantic first half and Lanark knew that they had to get tighter on Campbell in order to thwart Albert’s dangerous attack.

However Campbell surged forward into the Lanark box and then went down with the referee pointing straight to the penalty spot, despite strong appeals from the Lanark players who felt that any contact was minimal.

Dolan found the back of the net from the penalty spot for the second time to put his side ahead, and inspire Lanark’s late fightback.

The Yowes felt aggrieved by the nature of Albert’s goal and soon set about finding an equaliser, pushing higher up the pitch.

Lanark were looking dangerous from set pieces and another corner from the left-hand side caused havoc in the Albert box and Sean Taggart, a trialist for the club, boosted his chances of signing a permanent deal after heading home to salvage a point for United.