Glendale suffered a damaging defeat to ten man Nicoll’s Amateurs at Denmore on Saturday.
Glendale kicked off and started well enough with Callum Stewart forcing a good save from Higguns after being set up by Darren Buchan. Dale continued to set the pace early on but suffered a blow in 15 minutes when “Mr Dependable” Neil Innes was forced off with a hamstring injury to be replaced with Craig McCrae.
Nicoll’s slowly began to force their way into the game and should have went ahead when danger man Michael Ord rounded Muirhead but slipped with the goal at his mercy allowing Dale to clear the danger. With 25 minutes on the clock Nicoll’s were reduced to 10 men after what appeared to be a stamp on a Dale player but it was Nicoll’s who finished the half the stronger although it remained goaless.
The second half saw Dale regroup and with Ally Watson on for Stuart Hay and created numerous chances with Danny Lechner twice going close after good work down the right by Stewart but with an hour on the clock disaster for Dale when first they survived a loud shout for a penalty for hand ball by McCrae but the ball fell to Alex McMahon who sliced his clearance straight to MICHAEL ORD who could hardly believe his luck right in front of goal,was left with the easiest of chances to side foot home.
There after Glendale became desperate becoming more and more ragged as time wore on and even the introduction of top scorer Mark Robb failed to inspire them in fact it was Nicoll’s who came closest to scoring again when man of the match Ord brought a fantastic save from Muirhead.
4 points out of the last 15 does not make good reading and a big improvement will be required all round in what is going to be a hectic final few weeks.