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Lesmahagow FC 2 v 2 Lanark United FC

Lanark United 2nd November

McBookie. Com West Region League One Saturday 02/11/2019

Lesmahagow FC 2 v 2 Lanark United FC

Report submitted by Craig Martin

This second local derby in succession for Lanark did not provide the same entertainment for the decent crowd despite the excellent settings of Craighead Park.

It was a fairly slow start from both sides although Lanark did create a half chance when good work from Kieran Brannan allowed him to get the ball in to the box but just as Sean Lindsay looked to pounce the ball was prodded away from danger by the home defence.

Brannan was involved again when a header from Jordan Fraser found him but his shot was wide of the target then Lindsay put the ball in to the path of Scott Nicol but his shot also went wide of the home goal.

The home side opened the scoring in the 18th minute in controversial fashion when a ball down the right saw them look to be in an offside position buy play carried on and a low cross was tapped in to the net by Jarvis for 1-0.

Worse was to follow for Lanark a couple of minutes later when a slip in the middle of the park allowed Jarvie in on goal again and despite keeper Scott Johnson getting a good hand to the ball it struck the bar before falling kindly for Jarvie to tap home for his and the Gow’s second of the match to make it 2-0 to the home side.

Lanark did respond to Gris second goal with one of their own when excellent work involving Nicol and Brannan ended with Brannan setting Shug Kerr free in the box and after an excellent turn the striker placed a low shot in to the corner of the net for 2-1 after 23 minutes.

In the run up to half time The Gow had a chance to increase their lead that they failed to take before the last chance of the half fell to Lanark’s James Martin who cut inside past a couple of defenders before striking a shot that went just wide of the goal.

Half time

Lesmahagow FC 2 v 1 Lanark United

The early stages of the second half saw both teams be very poor and careless in possession with very little at all in the way of decent football being on show, it took until the 65th min for either side to create a decent chance Gus coming for the home side with Lanark again looking for an offside decision that did not come and another cross from the right again found Jarvie a few yards out but somehow he missed the target with the goal gaping a miss that was to prove costly.

It took until the last ten minutes for Lanark to force any pressure on the home defence when efforts from Brannan and Kerr both went close but did not actually trouble the home keeper.

With time running out for Lanark they forced a corner on the left in the 90th minute, an excellent delivery in found the head of Fraser but his net bound effort was diverted over the bar for another corner, the home side did not learn from this let off and another good delivery again found Fraser who powered a header home for an equalising goal for the visitors to make it 2-2.

This was probably a fair enough result but one that neither manager will be entirely happy with but it does keep Lanark within touching distance of the promotion spots.

Lanark team.

Johnson, Collins, Haddow, Lawson, Nicol, Gracie, Lindsay, Fraser, Martin, Kerr, Brannan.

Unused subs

Conlon, McHugh, Harrison, Watt, McGraw(G)