Carluke Rovers defeated after leading 2-0

Ryan Smillie about to shoot home the opening goal in Carluke Rovers' 3-2 home Central Division 1 defeat by Wishaw, Feb 27, 2016 (Pic by Jim Clare)
Ryan Smillie about to shoot home the opening goal in Carluke Rovers' 3-2 home Central Division 1 defeat by Wishaw, Feb 27, 2016 (Pic by Jim Clare)

There was disappointment in the Carluke Rovers camp again on Saturday after a 3-2 Central Division 1 home defeat to local rivals Wishaw FC.

Another game of two halves saw Rovers dominate the first half before failing to turn up for a second period in which they lost three goals.

Rovers match reporter Craig Martin said: “We never turned up in the second half.

“We have not strung two good halves together this season.

“I don’t know what happened because we were world beaters in the first half.

“Simply staying in the division is our aim now this season.”

The first chance for the home side came in 16 minutes but Ryan Smillie had two efforts blocked.

Dickson and Smillie soon linked up again but the final shot was blocked.

The deadlock was broken in the 22nd minute after Mark Haddow had been fouled in midfield. The ball was sent to Chick McCole, who in turn released Smillie. He raced in on goal before placing a perfect shot into the corner.

This lead was almost doubled in the 25th minute when a quick throw in found Ian Watt, but he shot wide.

The home side did double their lead in the 31st minute though when a great interception from Haddow allowed him to set Ian Watt free on the left. His excellent chipped finish left the Wishaw keeper stranded as it sailed over his head for 2-0.

The first half almost got the perfect finish for Rovers when Haddow played the ball wide to Dickson and his excellent ball to the back post was just missed by Wilson.

The second half saw all that is bad about Carluke’s season again come to the fore but they still limited Wishaw to long range efforts until they grabbed a goal back in 57 minutes when a break on the left ended with a drive across goal being deflected past Jonny Grier for 2-1.

Rovers’ heads were now down and a second Wishaw goal came in the 72nd minute when a break on the right saw the ball played across goal and Scott Bellew was unfortunate to knock the ball past Grier for an own goal that made it 2-2.

The winning goal came in 80 minutes when Grier made his first save of the match from a low shot but the ball broke to Kevinbarry Grant who fired home for 3-2.

Carluke will be without injured Gary Gow and Willie Soutar for this weekend’s game at Dunipace.