Nov 17 2011 by Andrew McGilvray, Hamilton Advertiser
IAN RANKIN enjoyed a winning debut in his second stint as Newmains boss, as they beat Rossvale 2-1.
The Central League Second Division game was switched to Wishaw Sports Centre’s 3G pitch when Victoria Park was unplayable.
Gary Murdoch set up the opener for Gary Preston to score with a 20-yard drive.
After Rossvale had equalised, Des Bradshaw put Newmains 2-1 up.
Rankin said: “We were down to the bare bones through injuries and I was delighted with the way the boys worked so well for each other.
Rankin faces a stern test this weekend when he lines up against Wishaw, the side he helped coach until switching a month ago.
ROYAL ALBERT grabbed their second successive win and clean sheet as they beat BLANTYRE VICS 1-0 at Castle Park through a goal from new signing Sandy Strang.
Manager Iain McCluskie said: “I thought we played very well and deserved to take the three points.”
Blantyre Vics manager Alan Shields groaned: “That was one of the worst football experiences of my life!
“We had so much possession but couldn’t turn that into goals.
“New signing Gerry Ward from East Kilbride was doing well at left-back until the 80th minute when he went down with a groin strain.”
STONEHOUSE VIOLET conceded two sloppy goals inside as many minutes early on at Maryhill, and although Steve Rennie rattled in a Dougie Adair pass to make it 2-1 at half-time, the hosts cashed in on their strength and guile to score two more in the second period.
Violet boss John Doyle said: “We started off well but some kamikaze defending saw us lose two goals inside as many minutes.
“But with the fourth goal coming in the last minute, I thought the scoreline flattered Maryhill.
“We had goalkeeper Graham Wallace and centre-back Paul Gemmell suspended, while left-back George Paterson was ill.
“But as part of our rebuilding programme we will regroup for the visit of Carluke.”
Rovers hope to have Craig Stark back after suffering a hamstring injury, but Steve Jackson and John Savage are still on the sidelines.