Cambuslang Rangers v Auchinleck Talbot


It was a far better day to be watching than playing as the spectators soaked up the sunshine whilst the two teams struggled to cope with the heat and bumpy surface with Talbot doing just enough to secure the win.
The home side made the brighter start and won a series of well-taken corners in the opening spell which the Talbot defence withstood.
For all Cambuslang’s early pressure the first close call of the match came in the 12th minute when Talbot swiftly countered downfield. Samson raced away on the right before sliding the ball across to find Graham Wilson inside the area. He touched it off to Taylor whose low drive slipped inches wide of the left hand post.
The Bot had a let off in the 18th minute. Cambuslang won a corner out on the left and as the in swinger came over Faulds rose to meet it and head it back across goal but his header came off the top of the crossbar.
Reid was lucky not to have his name taken in the 28th minute for a blatant trip on Taylor with the ref contenting himself with awarding the free kick.
Thirty five minutes Cox did find himself in the book when he also up-ended Taylor as he burst forward and that was about it for a first half of very few chances.
The Bot made a decent start to the 2nd half and the Lang keeper had to scramble backwards in the 47th minute to tip a Samson cross over his own crossbar. When the corner came in it was only cleared as far as Taylor who skipped past him on the right before playing it into the near post where Wilson gathered at the 2nd attempt.
Talbot had a half chance in the 50th minute. Taylor cut in off the left and swept a deep cross to the far post. Boylan challenged for it and the ball broke loose with Boylan reacting first to it but he snatched his shot wide.
The travelling support had a scare a minute later. A Talbot shy was thrown back into the box and the bounce of the ball nearly beat Leishman who recovered well to clear the ball out for the shy.
Cambuslang caused the Bot defence problems in the 55th minute when Cox latched onto a ball up the left. He hooked it across the face of goal and Aiden Wilson had to turn it behind for the corner.
On the hour mark Talbot nearly made the breakthrough when Taylor dived to meet Graham Wilson’s cross from the left but his header flew wide of the right hand post.
Two minutes later and Talbot were nearly in again. Samson flicked it on into the path of Graham Wilson and the keeper did well to come out and make the stop.
Talbot made their first change in the 66th minute with Glasgow on in place of Boylan.
The referee then produced 3 yellow cards in as many minutes. Firstly cautioning McCracken for dissent, then Grenfell for a late challenge on McPherson before booking Glasgow though I couldn’t see what for.
With quarter of an hour remaining the home side threatened the Bot goal when Stewart found himself in space down the left. He swung a dangerous cross over to the far post where Aiden Wilson prevented Anson from nodding it home.
Cambuslang now made a change with Nelson on for Grenfell. The sub’s first touch was a foul on Taylor as he bundled him over 18 yards out and a few yards wide of the penalty area. Glasgow took it and delivered the ball beyond the far post where KIER SAMSON met it to head it back across goal and put Talbot 1-0 ahead in the 78th minute.
The home side looked for an early response and Park had to look lively in the 80th minute to get across to cut out a ball in from the left and send it behind for the corner. When the corner came over Leishman gathered then immediately hurled the ball out to find Glasgow breaking down the left. He hit an early ball across towards Taylor but Wilson read the danger and raced out his box to beat Taylor to it and thump the ball out the park.
With 8 minutes remaining Talbot made their 2nd change with Crawford coming on for Taylor and with 5 minutes to go Cambuslang brought on McLarty for McLean.
The Bot nearly killed the game off in the 86th minute. Glasgow’s ball in from the left found Graham Wilson inside the area and he tried to take it round the keeper. The goalie managed to block it but the ball ran out to Crawford on the right of the area and his low drive was cleared off the goal line by Faulds.
Cambuslang had a glimpse at goal with 2 minutes remaining. A long shy from the right was hurled into the centre where 2 Bot players went for the same ball. It broke out to McLarty 15 yards from goal but he hooked his shot well over the bar.
As the game moved into added time Talbot made a further change with Ballantyne coming on for Graham Wilson.
The Bot saw the game out to secure a valuable away win. The side now have an idle Saturday due to a bye in the South Challenge Cup before facing Coldstream at Beechwood in the senior cup in a fortnight’s time.
Cambuslang Rangers – Wilson, Reid, McLean, Faulds, Grenfell, Cox, Stewart, Richford, Anson, McLaughlin, Stevenson
Subs – McLarty, Nelson
Auchinleck Talbot – Leishman, Stafford, Aiden Wilson, McPherson, McCracken, Healy, Park, Taylor, Graham Wilson, Samson, Boylan
Subs – Glasgow, Mason, Ballantyne, Crawford, Heany

Coldstream FC

Auchinleck Talbot v Darvel


A bad day at the office for Talbot who slumped to a 3-0 defeat with the damage being done in the last 5 minutes of the 1st half.

The game started positively flowing from end to end with both sides having early chances. Darvel had an opportunity in the opening minute when they won a free kick out on the left touchline. It was swept into the centre where Ferguson steered a free header over the bar.

In the 3rd minute Talbot had a good chance to take the lead. Graham Wilson did well in the build-up holding the ball up before sliding a pass left to send Samson through on goal but Truesdale produced a fine stop – saving with his outstretched leg to deny Samson.

Two minutes later and Samson had a golden chance for the opener. Graham Wilson touched the ball on into his path to send him clear through the centre and in on goal but he took a slightly heavy 1st touch and Truesdale was quickly off his line to make the block.

It was then Darvel’s turn to threaten when a shy from the right found Mackenzie in the area and he spun McPherson before firing a shot across goal and wide of the far post.

Stafford had his name taken in the 9th minute when he obstructed Stirling as he burst forward. McShane took the resultant free kick but sent it well wide of target.

Talbot conceded a soft corner in the 16th minute and nearly paid for it when the corner in ricocheted into the path of Mackenzie but he fired a half volley over the bar from 8 yards.

The Bot’s next attack saw Graham Wilson show good close control before releasing Samson down the left and he saw his shot blocked behind for the corner. When the corner came over deep beyond the far post McCracken glanced a header wide of target.

In the 34th minute Samson fashioned a chance out of nothing when his persistence saw him close down & dispossess Eadie. He raced into the area and cut it back to Park but he went for the wrong option trying to square it into the centre rather than shooting and the chance was lost.

Three minutes later Graham Wilson angled a good 1st time ball over beyond the far post where Taylor met it and volleyed wide of the left post.

The game began to slip away from Talbot in the 40th minute when Armstrong lunged into a tackle on Mackenzie. The referee produced a straight red and things went from bad to worse for Talbot as they conceded the opener a minute later. Darvel won a corner on the right and when it came over a Darvel player headed it on in the crowded 6-yard box and MEGGETT prodded it home from close range to give Darvel the lead.

It was all over bar the shouting deep into 1st half injury time when Darvel doubled their lead. The ball was switched left to right to find Meechan in space and he had time to look up and drill it across the face of goal where MACKENZIE turned it home at the near post to send Darvel in 2 ahead at the interval.

Tucker made a switch during the break with Wardrope on in place of Park.

The 2nd half was a bit of a non-event with Darvel content to keep possession for the most part. Taylor picked up a caution in the 55th minute for clipping the heels of Stirling and he was joined in the book a minute later by Meggett who was penalised for kicking the ball away after shoving over Samson.

Darvel nearly added to their lead in the 57th minute. Ferguson beat Leishman to a ball down the left and slid it for goal from a tight angle but Aiden Wilson got back to clear.

Talbot were offered a glimmer of hope in the 64th minute. Taylor met Aiden Wilson’s hanging cross only to be bundled over inside the box. The ref pointed to the spot but when it’s not your day it’s not your day and Graham Wilson’s tame spot kick was easily saved by Truesdale.

Two minutes later and Darvel completed the scoring. STIRLING gathered the ball 30 yards out and surged forward into the area before firing a shot in off the underside of the bar.

With the game gone Talbot made a slew of changes bringing on Glasgow and Boylan for Taylor and Samson and late on making a further double change with Ballantyne and Crawford getting a run out in place of Stafford and McPherson.

A disappointing afternoon but Talbot will look to dust themselves down and get back to winning ways next Saturday when they travel through to Somervell Park to face newly promoted Cambuslang Rangers.

Auchinleck Talbot – Leishman, Stafford, Aiden Wilson, McPherson, McCracken, Armstrong, Park, Healy, Graham Wilson, Samson, Taylor

Subs – Glasgow, Boylan, Wardrope, Crawford, Ballantyne, Heaney

Darvel – Truesdale, Eadie, Allan, Meggett, McShane, Stirling, Mackenzie, Meechan, Ferguson, Robertson, Caldwell

Subs – Ferguson, Miller, C Truesdale, Moore

Troon v Auchinleck Talbot

Ross Taylor celebrates scoring Talbot’s opener and his first competitive goal, as ‘Gee’ races to congratulate him too. 0-1.


TROON PULL LEVEL!!! Andy Leishman tries his best to stop it but can only watch the ball smash into the bottom far away corner of the net. 1-1.


Troon are over the moon after equalising.


TALBOT TAKE THE LEAD AGAIN!!! Samson fires the ball across the face of goal and ‘Gee’ gets on the end of it to slot the ball home. 1-2.


Pleasure and pain!


Samson is all smiles, as he races to celebrate Graham Wilson’s goal.


Should this have been given as a goal? You decide!


Tucker roars out the orders.


Troon go very close to scoring but, although Big Andy makes sure, the ball was always sailing over the bar.


Leishman goes full stretch in order to tip the ball over the bar.



Talbot fans enjoyed their trip to the seaside with sunny skies and all 3 points after a hard fought away win.

Troon had an early chance within a minute when Talbot were caught daydreaming at a throw in. The shy was taken quickly and thrown to Montgomerie who prodded a shot across the face of goal and wide of the right post.

The home side were making the early running and had another chance in the 5th minute. A long diagonal ball picked out Jamieson bursting into the area down the left. He tried to take it wide of Leishman but Andy did enough to stop him and McPherson got back to clear.

Talbot’s first glimpse at goal came in the 8th minute when they forced a corner down the left. Wardrope swept it deep beyond the far post where McCracken headed it into the side-netting.

A few minutes later Taylor had a go from distance – lashing a shot over the bar from 25 yards after being set up by McCracken.

The Bot were having a good spell and Samson timed his run to perfection to race clear down the left and cut into the area but his ball across goal for Wilson was cut out by Burgess at his near post.

Slack play midway inside the Bot half gifted the ball to Troon and ended with Ben Black having an effort at goal from the edge of the area but his low drive was easily held by Leishman.

Talbot came close to taking the lead in the 23rd minute. McCracken lifted it down the centre where Samson laid the ball off into the path of Taylor who burst into the area only to see the advancing Burgess parry his shot away.

Two minutes later it was Leishman to the rescue for Talbot. Gilroy latched onto a ball over the top and broke into the area. McPherson got back but Gilroy was able to swivel and get his shot away with Leishman diving low to his left to turn it past the post. Troon then had another opportunity from the resultant corner which Josh Black met at the back post but he sent his header over the bar.

The home side were made to regret this missed opportunity as Talbot went straight down the field and took the lead. Samson bested Sherrie on the left and raced for the bye line before pulling it back across the area where ROSS TAYLOR ran onto it to bury a shot beyond Burgess.

The goal rocked Troon and Talbot had a half chance to double their lead soon after when Wilson & Samson combined to create an opening for Wardrope who fired straight at Burgess from 20 yards.

A minute later Talbot won a free kick wide of the Troon penalty area after McCloskey clipped Taylor’s heels. Wardrope swung a dangerous ball to the back post which Sherrie headed clear but only as far as Armstrong 15 yards out but he didn’t catch it right and the ball bobbled through to the keeper.

The Bot had a good chance to double their advantage in the 31st minute. Taylor clipped a good ball through to find Samson racing into the area down the right. He fired it over the advancing Burgess but his shot cleared the crossbar.

The match was all square after 34 minutes with Troon grabbing a spectacular equaliser. Morrison sent a high hanging cross over from the right touchline which GILROY met 1st time on the volley sending it back across goal and beyond the helpless Leishman.

Talbot tried to find an immediate response and Burgess was called into action in the 36th minute when he produced a good save to keep out Graham Wilson’s header on target.

The Bot ended the half on the front foot. In the 43rd minute Wardrope knocked it wide to find Armstrong and he pinged it to the left wing to find Samson whose cross was headed just over by Wilson.

A minute later Talbot won a free kick wide on the left following a foul on Aiden Wilson. Wardrope lifted it into the area where Sherrie headed it clear but only as far as Healy who hit it 1st time from 20 yards bringing out a good save from Burgess.

As the half moved into added time Talbot had one last chance when Samson laid the ball off to the overlapping Wardrope who burst into the area but saw his shot blocked by Burgess and the half ended all square.

Tucker made a change at the interval with Glasgow coming on in place of Wardrope.

It was Talbot’s turn to be first out the blocks in the 2nd half and the Bot nearly regained the lead within a minute of the restart. Graham Wilson’s ball found Samson running in behind the defence and he prodded it past the keeper only to see it come back off the left post before being cleared.

McCloskey received a caution in the 47th minute for a trip on Taylor resulting in a Bot free kick just outside the area. Graham Wilson shaped up to hit but instead squared the ball across to Stafford whose powerful drive was blocked en route.

The Bot were back on the attack in the 51st minute when Glasgow skipped past several challenges down the left before slinging a ball across goal that just eluded Samson in the centre. Taylor retrieved it & fed it back to Healy whose dangerous cross to the back post was headed behind by Morrison.

Both keepers were then called into action – firstly Leishman moved smartly off his line to read a ball over the top and clear the danger then down the other end Burgess had to deal with Healy’s free kick from the left touchline which was curled to the back post. The keeper came to claim it, dropped it, but no Bot player was on hand to take advantage and the defence cleared.

Armstrong had his name taken in the 54th minute for a foul on Gallagher and minutes later Troon were forced into a change when Josh Black was unable to continue after taking a knock and he was replaced by ex-Bot player Steven Wilson.

Talbot came within a whisker of retaking the lead in the 59th minute. Samson’s shot at goal was blocked for a corner on the left and when Glasgow delivered it to the far post Graham Wilson thought he’d scored but Burgess was able to claw his header off the line and the officials dismissed Talbot’s claims that the ball had went over the line.

The goal wasn’t long delayed though and Talbot moved back in front in the 62nd minute. Taylor played a good ball down the right to release Samson and he drilled it low across the face of goal where GRAHAM WILSON was on hand to turn it home.

Troon now made a further change with Fulton on for Ben Black.

In the 72nd minute Talbot made their 2nd sub of the afternoon with Ally Park coming on in place of Armstrong and Park was soon involved playing a one-two with Taylor before Taylor drilled a shot just wide of the right hand post.

Troon hadn’t really turned up for the 2nd half but they had a chance to draw level in the 76th minute. The ball fell to Gilroy in space on the left of the area but he snatched at it and mishit it across the face of goal. It came to Wilson whose shot was blocked behind for the corner.

Troon then had another chance a minute later. Morrison’s cross was cut out by Aiden Wilson at the expense of a corner. When the corner came over Sherrie met it but mistimed it and sent a free header well wide of goal.

With 10 minutes remaining Taylor’s pass sent Glasgow clear on the left and he whipped over a great ball but there was no one in the centre to turn it home.

In the 82nd minute Park conceded a free kick out on the right near the corner flag. Gallagher lifted it into the centre where it was headed clear. The ball came to Gilroy but his shot was blocked in the crowded area.

Both sides now made a further change with Boylan on for Graham Wilson and Boyd replacing Montgomerie.

With the clock running down Talbot made a late change with the tiring Samson making way for Ballantyne.

In the closing minute there was action at both ends of the field. Firstly Troon had a half chance to snatch a late equaliser when a cross from the right found Wilson in space but he mishit his effort then down the other end Glasgow was hauled back by Sherrie just outside the area resulting in a free kick. Healy took it and curled a shot inches over the bar.

Soon after the final whistle sounded and Talbot had secured their 1st win of the new season. Next week it’s back to Beechwood where Talbot will face Darvel.

Troon FC – Burgess, McCloskey, Sherrie, Ben Black, Montgomerie, Gilroy, Smith, Morrison, Josh Black, Jamieson, Gallagher

Subs – Wilson, Fulton, Boyd, Vernon, Fisher

Auchinleck Talbot – Leishman, Stafford, Aiden Wilson, McPherson, McCracken, Armstrong, Healy, Taylor, Graham Wilson, Samson, Wardrope

Subs – Glasgow, Boylan, Park, Ballantyne, Heaney

Ross Taylor

SPONSOR: Jim McCluskie, Dorethy Lawrence

Ally Park

SPONSOR: Billy Blackmore School of Motoring


Lewis Crawford

SPONSORs: Loons Supporters Club

The 22 year old 6ft right or left back joins as a free transfer from Lowland side Broomhill and has been training with Talbot for the last three weeks, which gave Tucker the chance to run the rule over the player before offering him a contract.

Lewis has had experience in the SPFL and the lower leagues starting his career at Dumbarton U17’s and Clyde U20’s. He was released by Clyde in July 2018 and spent a season at Petershill before making the move to the SPFL with Dumbarton.  He spent over a year with the “Sons” which included a loan spell at Rossvale and an appearance at Pittodrie in 2020 when Dumbarton narrowly lost out to Aberdeen in the Scottish Cup.

In September 2020 he left Dumbarton to play with Linlithgow Rose for a season and then Broomhill who were managed by former Talbot legend Davie Gormley.


Michael Wardrope

SPONSORS: Stephen Ferroll, Loons Supporters Club.

Chris Stafford

SPONSORED: Colin Mitchell, Ashley Gardiner (Event Vocally)

Chris was on loan from Greenock Morton FC until the end of the 2022 season, and then joined the club at the start of the 2022/23 campaign. He started his career at Johnstone Boys Club before moving to Morton. He recently had loan spells at Johnstone Burgh and Cumnock.