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Ben Banks

Cambuslang Rangers sting Larkhall Thistle to cruise through in cup rout

Cambuslang Rangers co-boss Billy Campbell says he was just happy to get his team back out on the park again during their comfortable 6-1 West of Scotland Football League Cup first round win against Larkhall Thistle.

Alan Reid, Scott Anson, Paul Gordon and Scott Williamson goals - coupled with a Tony Stevenson double - sealed an easy progression into the next round for Camby.

Campbell’s side return to Conference B action away to Renfrew this weekend, sitting six points clear at the top of the table.

Their last league match with Glasgow United was postponed so Campbell praised Larkhall for getting Saturday’s match on and keeping his players ticking over.

He said: “We were very pleased with it for a couple of reasons. For one, we were just pleased to get the game on. We need to give a bit of recognition to the staff and groundsman at Larkhall.

“The park was great. It was a bit heavy with the rain but it was definitely playable. They did a great job to get it on. That would have been two weeks without a game.

“We played relatively well. One of the main things for us is that we had five different scorers within the game. We’re pleased with things overall.

“We now go away to Renfrew on the 4G pitch so that’s going to be tough.”

Rangers ran riot against Larkhall Thistle (Cambuslang Rangers)

One of Stevenson’s goals was special, lobbing the goalkeeper from the halfway line. Campbell says it was a reflection of a player he rates highly, as the finish was out of the top drawer.

He explained: “Tony Stevenson’s goal was from the halfway line. The ball was cleared and it dropped to Tony. He saw the goalkeeper off his line and he played it over the top of him.

“It was fantastic but that’s the quality that Tony has got. He is an exceptional football player. He has got great balance and vision. He is a smashing player to have in your team.

“It just sat up lovely for him. He saw the goalkeeper off his line and played it perfectly into the back of the net.”

The weekend’s match saw Camby surpass 100 goals for the season before Christmas, an incredible feat.

But Campbell says that no matter how many goals his side score, winning is the most important thing for him.

He added: “We were on 99 goals before the game so we are pleased to cross over 100. It’s great to have that accolade of scoring so many goals.

“But as we say to the guys every week, whether it’s 1-0 or 21-0, we just want to win the game.”

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