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Lanark United begin league term with emphatic victory

Colin Slater’s side started their season with a strong performance. Photo courtesy of Billy Quigley

Lanark United thrashed Vale of Leven 4-0 at Moor Park last Saturday to get their Division Two campaign off to the perfect start.

Cammy Lawson put the hosts ahead shortly after the half hour mark and Joshua Gracie doubled their lead after the break.

Ian Watt then found the back of the net on his league debut before Shaun Gallagher completed the scoring seven minutes from full time.

The Royal Burgh outfit feature in the new-look league alongside Carluke Rovers, Forth Wanderers and Lesmahagow and were keen to make an immediate impact

Lanark attacked from the start and Vale keeper Ben Fulton was forced into making a good save from a Declan Lafferty effort.

United had a good chance to take the lead when Peter O’Donnell’s free kick made its way towards goal but Fulton diverted the danger.

The Yowes made one of the big signings of the summer when they lured prolific forward Ian Watt away from Carluke Rovers and he was looking lively for the home side.

Watt sent a lofted cross into the box which Fulton failed to catch and Cammy Lawson was on hand to drive the ball into the net.

Vale were not causing Lanark too many problems, with Dave McNaught’s effort floating over the crossbar.

Lanark’s Hugh Kerr was unfortunate not to have scored United’s second goal when his header crashed off the post.

Joshua Gracie then hit the crossbar with another headed effort soon after as the Yowes pressed forward.

Incredibly, Lanark hit the woodwork for the third time in the game when Ian Watt’s strike hit rattled the post.

Although Lanark did manage to grab that elusive second goal when Joshua Gracie collected the ball on the halfway line before evading the onrushing Vale defence and calmly slotted the ball into the net to cap off an impressive individual effort.

Lanark were looking confident in possession and added a third goal when Watt’s header found the back of the net.

Shaun Gallagher rounded off a strong showing by Lanark when he showed good composure to place the ball past Fulton to wrap up all three points.