Lanarkshire Junior Preview – 10.02.18

Form is from all competitions and is shown with the most recent match on the left-hand side.

2/5 WLWWLW Irvine Meadow XI 5/1 Kilsyth Rangers LLLWLX 31/10

Both sides sit in the bottom half of the table with eleven points, Medda having played ten and Rangers twelve. Medda havent played many league game recently due to Scottish Cup call offs, but since winning their opening two games they’ve only picked up five points from a possible twenty-four. Kilsyth have suffered cup postponements too, in their last six they’ve won two, drawn one and lost all of their last three.

5/1 LLXXXX Maryhill 6/1 Cambuslang Rangers WWLWWL 2/9

Maryhill occupy bottom spot with five points from eleven league games after five draws and six defeats. Three of those defeats were by a single goal, so with a wee bit of luck things might not look as grim as they are. There last two were defeats to Troon and Largs. Rangers are sat nicely in third, nine points behind Peasy with a couple of games in hand and have won four of their last five in the league.

4/9 LWWLWW Rutherglen Glencairn 9/2 Larkhall Thistle LLLWLX 3/1

After eleven league outings, Glens have sixteen points and second bottom Thistle have seven. In the wake of losing their opening three league games, Glens have picked themselves up to win five (beating Thistle 5-4) including last couple, lost two and drawn one of their last eight. Nine of Thistle’s points came in a four-game spell, since then they’ve picked up just a single point from a possible fifteen.

8/11 WLWLWL Troon 21/5 Cumbernauld United WLXXXW 9/5

Fourth placed Troon are ten points off the pace at the top of the table and since losing to Medda on the opening day, have won seven, drawn three and lost twice. The two defeats came in their last three against leaders Peasy and second placed Renfrew. United trail Troon by ten points but have three games in hand, and like Troon they lost their first two against first and second. Since then they’ve lost to Kilsyth and Cambuslang, four wins and drawn two.

13/5 XLWLWL Blantyre Victoria 9/2 St. Roch’s WXWLWX 1/2

Vics are fifth bottom and after losing five in a row, then had eight of their next ten league games postponed, of the two played, they took four points from a possible six. Candy are three places and ten points behind leaders Rossvale and have three games in hand. They beat Vics 4-1 at James McGrory Park in their opening league fixture and they’ve lost only one of their last seven in the league and that was 1-0 against Rossvale.

4/11 WLWWWW Rossvale 5/1 East Kilbride Thistle LLLWXL 7/2

Vale are five points clear of Bens at the top of the league, have won nine of their last ten league games and all of their last seven back to back. Thistle are ninth and twenty-one points behind Vale and after nine games they’ve won four and lost five. They’ve lost lots of playing time recently to Scottish Cup call offs and lost their last three league matches.

1/1 LXLLWL Thorniewood United 4/1 Lesmahagow LLLLLX 11/8

Both sides occupy the bottom two berths in the league table, Gow with six points from nine games and United one point from eight. After suffering a poor start and three loses, Gow bounced back with a couple of wins before falling back to old ways and losing all of their last four league games. Thorniewood’s only point came from a 1-1 draw with Port Glasgow back in early September, they’ve lost all five since then.

17/10 LLLWWL Carluke Rovers 4/1 Lanark United WXLLLL 4/5

Just three points separate the sides, Rovers with twenty points from fourteen games and United two places below with seventeen points from thirteen. An unbeaten run at the start of the season came to an end for Rovers when Lanark beat them 2-1. They managed another three-game winning run before losing their last three league games. Lanark have lost two of their last nine, with three wins, two defeats and four draws.

16/5 LLLWLW Johnstone Burgh 11/2 Royal Albert WXLWLL 4/11

Burgh started the league with a 50%-win rate from their first six matches. They’ve now lost their last three and were hammered 8-0 by Gartcairn last time out.  After losing to Gartcairn on the opening day of the league season, Albert have lost just one of their next eleven games and sit fourth and a point off the top. All this despite being unable to play at home since late September. They’ve won three, drawn two and lost one of their last six.

7/2 LLLLLL Newmains United 11/2 Dunipace LWLLLW 1/3

Newmains have a new management team but they have still to earn a point never mind win a match and remain rooted to the bottom of the table, a position that they’ve occupied since the start of the season. Dunipace are two places above United and have thirteen points from fifteen games, they beat Newmains 3-1 during a spell that saw them win three back to back. They’ve won two and lost four of their last six league games.

6/4 WLWLWW Vale of Clyde 4/1 Gartcairn LXWLWL 10/11

Vale are six points behind leaders Gartcairn in seventh place with a couple of games in hand and narrowly lost 1-0 when they met Gartcairn at MTC Park. Since that day in September they’ve had eight league call off’s and won three of their four games played. After going seven league games without defeat, Cairn lost back to back games against Carluke and Royal Albert before bouncing back with an 8-0 win against Johnstone Burgh.

31/10 LWWLXL Vale of Leven 5/1 Bellshill Athletic WLWWWW 2/5

Vale began the league season well with three wins from four before form took a nose dive and they picked up just one point from a possible twenty-one. More recently, they’ve won two from six with a win each side of the festive break making it two wins from three in the league. Fifth placed ‘Hill are one point behind leaders Gartcairn, and recent league form is good with them winning all of their last four.

2/5 WXWWWX Wishaw Juniors 5/1 Forth Wanderers LWXWWL 31/10

Both sides have only managed to get eight league games played to date, but Wishaw have taken eighteen points and Wanderers six. Wishaw have been beaten only twice in the league, firstly by then leaders Benburb, more recently by current leaders Rossvale. In the same vain, Forth have managed only two league wins to date, but their last two fixtures have seen them beat second placed Benburb 4-3 and give a good account of themselves against Rossvale, where they lost 4-3, the exact same scoreline as Wishaw faced.

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