Match report by Christopher Dodds
Tony McInally slammed his side’s defending in the final minutes as Pollok surrendered a two goal lead in the final 10 minutes against Beith, saying that “We sat back too much and they punished us for it – we need to be better than that. We were the better side over 85 minutes.”
Stefan McCluskey drove into the box inside the first 10 minutes and was felled by an outstretched leg from the Beith defender, however whistler Steven Graham waved away the Lok protests. McCluskey again had a chance just before half an hour after being played through by the ever-present Bryan Young, who fed the attacker in the left hand side of the box with a floated ball from the right. McCluskey fired low to the left, forcing a magnificent save from Beith keeper Stephen Grindlay.
A second half penalty from BRYAN WHARTON broke the deadlock after Darren Christie bundled the lively McCluskey down in the area on the hour mark and a fierce STUART MCCANN strike had Lok up 2-0 and looking rosey.
However a Grant Evans red card, his third in three games against Beith, proved to be the spark in a Beith revival with goals with a DARREN CHRISTIE screamer from the edge of the box after taking on a host of Pollok defenders, finding space on the edge of the box and firing into the top left corner a last second PAUL FRIZE equaliser, a scrappy finish with 17 men in the Lok box, sent the North Ayrshire men home with a share of the spoils.
Admission: £6 adults, £3 concessions. Members enter via members gate.
Previous Meeting: Beith 2 Pollok 3 (League, 21/10/2017)
We would like to remind all Pollok and Beith supporters that absolutely NO alcohol is permitted inside Newlandsfield Park under any circumstances.
All supporters are cordially requested to comply fully with this, as neither club is responsible for any expense or disappointment resulting from attempts to ignore it.
Match Sponsor: Refreshments and Bar: Fans are welcome in Loks Bar both prior to kick off and then after the match. Fans at the match are well catered for with the Pollok Pie Hut serving a wide range of hot and cold snacks.
Team board & Raffle: The ever popular Pollok team board is £2 to enter for the chance to win £100. Officials will be selling ‘teams’ outside the pavilion before kick off until the board fills up! The winner will be drawn post match in Loks Bar & Kitchen. Also, look out for our raffle ticket sellers at the entrances. £1 a ticket for a chance to win from a selection of wines and spirits. Winners announced at half time.
Easter Foodbank Collection: Donations can be made to the Glasgow South West foodbank at this game – more info here
Referee: Stephen Graham
AR1: Chris Hughes
AR2: Matthew Denne