A hill to climb

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Newlandsfield beat the wintry weather, but it was the only Pollok victory on Saturday as Petershill returned to the North of Glasgow with all three Stagecoach Super Premier League points after a comfortable 2-0 win.

The first chance fell to the visitors, with Scott Morrison collecting a long-range effort from Stephen McGladrigan. Paul Woods was next to try his luck with a shot that flew wide before Liam Finnigan shrugged off the challenge of Peter McMahon and fired across goal, narrowly missing the target from a tight angle.

Ryan Jordan found the side-netting with a back post header from a Kenny Hadden free-kick before Pollok’s first opportunity after 17 minutes when Graeme McLaren had a shot blocked after a Tam Hanlon free-kick.

Alain Kinney and McLaren both then headed off target as ‘Lok began to force their way into the game, and they almost took the lead in the 33rd minute. Kinney held the ball up well and set up Paul McQuilken, but his drive from 20 yards out was touched round the post by Steven McNeil.

Just four minutes later, Pollok fell behind when McGladrigan was brought down in the penalty area, and although Morrison got a hand to the ball he was unable to keep out Kenny Hadden’s spot kick down the middle of the goal.

Half-time saw two ‘Lok changes, with Stevie Aitchison and Brian McGinty replacing Kinney and Andy Essler. McLaren headed over from a Hanlon free-kick before a period of sustained Petershill pressure.

McMahon blocked a McGladrigan shot, only for Davie Dickson to crash his follow-up effort against the outside of the post with Morrison beaten. McGladrigan then evaded both Carter and Aitchison and advanced on goal, but Morrison made a brave stop at his feet to thwart the striker.

Jordan was afforded a free header from a corner kick, only to be denied by a goal-line clearance by Aitchison. The Springburn side extended their advantage on the hour mark when Paul Woods was left alone in the penalty area and gleefully slammed home a second goal for Petershill.

Ten minutes later he made way for Stewart Maxwell as Willie Patterson and Scott Smith looked to shut the game down, but in truth their side were rarely threatened for the remainder off the match.

Indeed, Peasy almost added a third in the final minute when Davie Turnbull’s half-volley was blocked by McLaren after a Maxwell cross.

Pollok’s league campaign will resume in the New Year, whilst this weekend sees them travel to Loch Park to take on Glenafton Athletic in round two of the New Coin Automatics West of Scotland Cup. Kick-off is at 1.45pm.