Glebe Rangers were back in league action at the weekend after a couple of weeks lay off but it was a bad day at the office for the Ballymoney men who lost 3--0 away from home to Sports and Leisure.
“We never really got into the match to be honest,” commented Manager Peter Cairns. “They were big and physical and kind of bullied us and we just couldn’t seem to settle. We spoke before the game about the lack of competitive football we have had in the couple of weeks prior and we knew it was always going to be tough at the start. To be honest, we lost the game in the first 15 minutes because we conceded a couple of early goals and made it hard for ourselves. They lost a couple of men when they were sent off and then they sat behind the ball and tried to counter and to be fair they did it very well, we just never got going the whole game. I’m not making any excuses, but we lost the game fair and square. With 20 minutes to go the boys were feeling the pace of the game and these are fit boys who train. It was just the lack of competitive football. Even with the friendlies we have fitted in, its never the same. The game we played on Tuesday night was a very physical game but its not at the same level and the players know themselves that its a friendly so they don’t want to get hurt. It’s a shame because we felt our last game against Wakehurst we were excellent and we went to Bangor and played very well there. It was hard to get going on Saturday and it seemed to show. Possession of the ball was good but we lacked little bits of sharpness and we also lost our striker after 25 minutes with a bad injury which didn’t help. These things didn’t go in our favour but that’s not taking anything away from them, they took their chances and were good.”
This week Glebe make the short journey to Seahaven to take on Gary Taylor’s Portstewart.
“Saturday we play Portstewart, its a local derby and they are always tough games although we intend to treat it like an other game,” added Cairns. “The boys are really looking forward to it but the loss of our striker Aaron Wilkinson is a big blow because he was playing well and the front three had been settling in well together. We probably wont know the full extend of the injury until he sees the physio but its looking like he could be out eight weeks with a bad groin injury. He reckons its a tear which isn’t good news.
“Saturday will be difficult and we will need to pick ourselves up after Sports and Leisure. The boys are disappointed, they knew they should have had more in the tank but they couldn’t seem to get it drummed up and it wasn’t for the lack of effort or trying. Portstewart had a good result on Saturday and we always have a tough game against them, so hopefully we will pick ourselves up and get going on. The lads are looking forward to putting things right and they will be hungry to pit last week behind them and get points on the board.”