Lok Back To Winning Ways Thanks To Forde Double

Pollok 2 Hurlford United 0 

 

Report by Stephen Coutts 

Lok boss Tony McInally was relieved to see Adam Forde at the double to end a three game losing streak following a mense horribilis for the club.

Hitman Forde netted right on the cusp of half-time and sealed the points midway through the second half to bag his brace and the points. 

He told TJi: “We’ve got players back now and we’re a lot healthier as February was a bit of a nightmare for us with suspensions, injuries and what not but I was really please for the players and thought it was great team performance and we thoroughly deserved the win. 

“We’ve been trying to play this fluid way but you cannot do it when you don’t have the full complement of players but they’ve came back and I’m really pleased for them as they’ve been hurting and feeling sorry for themselves. 

“I thought we deserved to win both halves and we were really professional and we went about our business the right way and I pleased for Forde getting on the score sheet as he’s needed it. 

“We scored at the right times and we’ve a derby match against Arthurlie next week and we’re looking forward to it.” 

Despite the slick surface Lok meant business and came close with Forde teeing up Nicky Little to shave the post early doors. 

Ford keeper Ally Brown was the busiest saving from Stefan McCluskey and then another moments later from the Lok frontman as the hosts looked relentless in their attack. 

Lok thought they had taken the lead on 18 minutes after Grant Evans fed McCluskey to sweep past the onrushing Brown but whistler Chris Graham called for offside.

 

Gary McCann produced a bit of magic down the right flank to combine with Forde but the wide boy could only drill wide. 

The hosts release came right before the break as Evans played to McCann and the winger cut back for Forde to finish off a well worked opener. 

Lok’s luck had been against them in previous weeks but after the break they continued to lay siege to the Ford back line. 

Jordan Longmuir was Lok’s saviour as Alan Jenkins tried his luck from distance and this became the turning point as that save spurred McInally’s men to seal the deal. 

In almost a carbon copy of Lok’s opener McCann put it on a plate for Forde to net his double and put the result beyond doubt on 68 minutes, as they continued to harass Hurlford with the striker also missing a chance of a third right at the death. 

Hurlford gaffer Darren Henderson said: “I’m disappointed we never started and we were not at the races and if we’re going to stay in the Scottish Cup next week we need to be miles better than that. 

“We’ve been decent over the past few weeks but today was really disappointing and we struggled and were beaten easily but we need to dust ourselves down for next week. 

“Our whole season probably hinges on it but we were Paul McKenzie today due to family commitments but he’s our talisman with his energy and we had two fit subs with a player that helped us out today.” 

He added: “We’re so short on players with injuries but that’s not an excuse.” 

Pollok: Longmuir, Evans, Sideserf, Sena, Gallacher, McGregor, McCann, Little (Rowan 83), Forde, McCluskey, Young (Byrne 88). Subs Unused: Johnson (SGK), Hepburn, Brash 

Hurlford: Brown, Hodge (B90), Lidington, Fisher, Mitchell, Jenkins, Agnew, Mitchell (B55), C Robertson, Roberts (R Roberton 53), Watt. Subs Unused: McKillen, Chisholm. 

Ref: Chris Graham. 

TJi MoTM: Adam Forde (Pollok FC)

 

 

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