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Lanark United return with Friendly draw against Carluke Rovers

Lanark United
WOSFL Challenge Match Thursday 17/09/2020
Carluke Rovers 1 v 1 Lanark United
Report submitted by Craig Martin:
Lanark United returned to the pitch with a socially distanced friendly against near neighbours Carluke Rovers at The John Cumming Stadium.
The match was quite lively to start with considering the lay off with Rovers having the best of early exchanges culminating with a shot after a break on the left that was blocked for a corner which was dealt with by United keeper Gareth Hallford.
Lanark’s best early break came when a fine ball found James Martin on the left who cut inside at pace before a poor touch saw the chance come to an end.
Ex Lanark man Jordan Conlon had the home sides best chance on 13 mins when he got on the end of a free kick from the right but his glancing header went comfortably wide of the visiting goal.
Lanark were working their way in to the match and a couple of minutes later good link up play between PJ O’Donnell and Shug Kerr ended with a fine ball out to Ian Watt on the right but after progressing in to the box his chipped finish went over the home crossbar.
Kerr was proving to be a handful for the home defence but was falling foul of some close off side decisions as he played the lone striker role.
Despite having had little to do in the early part of the match Hallford in the Lanark goal came to the rescue on the half hour mark when poor control in mid field allowed Carluke through on goal but a fine save from the big keeper averted any danger.
With half time looming Lanark came up with the breakthrough the game needed when they forced a corner on the right which when it came created a bit of confusion in the home defence with the ball falling kindly for Kerr, his effort was again blocked but fell for captain Cammy Lawson who stroked the ball home for 1-0 to the visitors.
Half time Carluke Rovers 0 V 1 Lanark United
Lanark started the second half with a few changes with Mark Haddow, Alberto Vezza, and Jordan Fraser replacing David Collins, Aaron Neill and Andrew Gilchrist and were the livelier of the two sides as they sought to increase their lead.
On 48 mins good link up between Kerr and Watt ended with the ball being played to Vezza on the right, he progressed in to the box before his shot was saved with the rebound falling for Kerr but his effort was blocked clear.
A couple of minutes later another fine move saw Vezza play a ball cross field to Martin who hit the bye line before cutting the ball in to the path of Watt who fired a lovely strike low in to the net but unfortunately for Lanark it went wide of the post and in through the damaged side net and despite the referee awarding the goal Watts honesty in saying it went wide ultimately saw the strike ruled out.
Lanark were well on top at this point with Martin and Watt being involved in creating the next chance when Watt payed the ball in to the path of Josh Gracie but a fine save denied the young defender.
On the hour mark Vezza showed some excellent close control as he worked his way in to the Carluke box but his final shot was easily dealt with.
This good spell for Lanark saw more confusion in the home defence when a Lawson free kick was saved but went loose in the box but the visitors could not force the ball home for the second goal their play deserved.
Carluke showed they were still a threat to Lanark when a free kick was headed just wide on 65 mins then a few minutes later it took a fantastic save from Hallford to deny them after a ball had been cut back from the bye line.
Lanark proceeded to make and squander a couple of chances before the home side finished the stronger and it took a goal line clearance from Haddow on 88 mins to keep their lead intact but their luck ran out in the final minute when Collins was penalised for a hand ball in the box at the expense of a penalty which was blasted high into the net for 1-1.
Lanark United team: Hallford, Gracie, Collins, Lawson, B Fraser, Neill, O’Donnell, Gilchrist, Watt, Martin. Subs all used Haddow, J Fraser, Vezza