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Matchday Preview - Lugar Boswell Thistle

Lugar travel to Blantyre for the first time in four years as they prepare for the inevitable – relegation, which would be confirmed for the Ayrshire side if they drop points tomorrow.

The Jaggy Bunnets have not managed to record a point since the sides last met in October. Blantyre went behind twice in the match, as the homeside took an early lead in the 20th minute. Five minutes later Nadeem Zeb equalised with a powerful shot, low into the bottom corner, leaving the outstretched goalkeeper no chance. Dean Trainor was kept busy in The Vics goal, before Lugar retook the lead seven minutes from time. Declan Brown scored his second goal of the season late on to rescue a point for Blantyre.

Lugar Boswell Thistle started the season well with two consecutive victories over Port Glasgow and Maybole, their campaign has taken a turn for the worse. With 20 defeats (ten on the bounce now), 88 goals conceded and only seven points on the board – it has certainly been a season to forget for Lugar.

Blantyre have had much more positive season in comparison, although it has certainly been a very turbulent one. After conceding a 92nd minute winner against Greenock a fortnight ago, the Vics bounced back last week in the Calder Derby. Impressive performances from Henderson, Kerr and new-by Aaron Black all stood out amongst a team which dominated East Kilbride Thistle.

The Vics now sit 13 points from the final promotion place, which is currently held by Ardrossan Winton Rovers, with four games in hand. It is not mathematically impossible for Blantyre to achieve promotion now, but John Gibson’s side have a mighty task ahead of them.

McBookie Odds:

Blantyre - 1/6

Draw - 7/1

Lugar - 6/1

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