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Lanark United in 1-0 win against Carluke Rovers

Lanark United vs Carluke Rovers West region League two Saturday 09/02/19

Carluke Rovers 0 v 1 Lanark United.

Lanark beat rivals Carluke Rovers for the fourth time this season in a tense match with ex Carluke striker Ian Watt scoring the only goal of the game despite having been barracked and booed by the home support who used to cheer him on.

The visitors had a chance as early as the first minute when Stuart Annett's good close control ended with a fine pass in to the path of Watt but a block from home keeper Cherrie kept him out.

Chances were few and far between for either side but Lanark did fashion the next when great work from Josh Gracie on the right saw him get to the bye line but his cut back was put just over the bar by Lewis Hill.

The strong cross field wind was proving to be the winner at times with both side struggling to put any decent football together, Lanark did think however that they had taken the lead in the 15th minute when they won a corner on the left. PJ O’Donnell put a ball to the back post and after a challenge with the keeper Mark Haddows header looked to be creeping in but a last ditch clearance denied an opening goal.

Carluke showed they were able to hit on the break and it took a good clearance from Gracie in 25 minutes to get a ball from the right away.

Lanark huffed and puffed but found clear chances hard to come by, they did get a shot away when Haddows good work ended with him feeding Watt but the end strike went wide then with half time approaching a Hill header looked to be falling in to the path of Declan Lafferty but a slight touch from Cherrie took it off his toe.

Half time Carluke Rovers 0 v 0 Lanark United.

The second half got off to a fantastic start for the visitors when they forced a corner after 49 minutes another good ball in from O’Donnell saw Watt move to the front post to get a glancing header that flew past the home keeper for 1-0 to spark wild celebrations among the big Lanark support.

Lanark pressed to get a quick second goal and had a chance when Lafferty laid the ball to Watt but the effort was saved at the expense of a corner that came to nothing.

The game went in to a spell again when the wind was the only winner until in the 70th minute after a bit of pressure Carluke attacked down the right but a well struck shot from the right brought off an excellent save from Gareth Hallford in the Lanark goal then a few minutes later the home side broke again but Haddow put in a good block to keep Lanark’s lead intact.

Haddow was involved again in the 82nd minute this time at the other end of the field when his good work ended with a ball to Watt but the strikers shot went just wide.

At this stage the game was opening up and gaps were being found and Lanark were caught up the park with a few minutes to go but Haddow got across the field well to put in a fantastically timed tackle to halt the Carluke progress.

The last action of the match came when Carluke's Kane put in a low shot but again Hallford in the Lanark goal dealt with it comfortably.

This hard fought win was Lanark’s fourteenth in a row in the league and opened up the eight point gap at the top over Lesmahagow who saw their match falling foul of the weather.

No doubt goals win games but despite Watt's winning strike the man of the match for Lanark went to another ex Carluke man Mark Haddow who put in a fantastic performance in defence despite his advancing years.

Lanark Team.

Hallford, Gracie, Haddow, Lawson, Taylor, McHugh, O’Donnell, Annetts, Lafferty(Martin), Hill(Fraser), Watt.