Lanark ease past Newmains to move up the table
The Yowes have one game remaining and could finish in sixth place
Lanark United secured a 3-0 victory against basement side Newmains United at Victoria Park last Saturday to move up to seventh place in the Central District Second Division table.
Liam Smith opened the scoring for the Yowes before a brace by Ronan Kearney after the break wrapped up all three points for Colin Slater’s side.
Saturday’s result also means that Lanark move above Clydesdale rivals Carluke Rovers, who have finished their season, while United have one game remaining.
The Royal Burgh outfit could leapfrog Vale of Leven and conclude their campaign in sixth place if they can claim at least one point in their final fixture.
Lanark looked to take the game to the hosts in the early stages, with Dan McHugh and Ronan Kearney both testing the Newmains defence.
A trademark Cammy Lawson freekick seemed destined for the back of the net soon after but his effort was well saved by the Newmains goalkeeping.
The Yowes were not to be denied for much longer when a long throw in from the left flank was flicked on by Lawson for Liam Smith and his header gave Lanark the lead.
Scott Schoneville was eager to maintain his good run of form and almost doubled Lanark’s advantage with a looping effort that grazed the crossbar.
McHugh then had a good chance with a glancing header that was well saved as Lanark were forced to settle for a slender advantage after the interval.
The difficult surface was causing problems for both sides with the Yowes finding it difficult to extend their advantage.
Although Kearney underlined his importance to the Lanark side by evading surging into the Newmains box before bring brought down at the expense of a penalty.
The young forward stepped up and made no mistake from the spot to put his side two goals ahead.
McHugh and Schoneville then combined well on the left flank to create a dangerous opportunity but the final ball was slightly behind the onrushing Jordan Callan and he failed to get the ball under control in time.
Lanark then secured the win when a powerful effort by Callum Strang was parried into the path of Kearney who drove the ball home.