Match day three of the West of Scotland Premier Division saw a third game in eight days for both sides as Pollok hosted Kirkintilloch Rob Roy.
Maxwell made four changes for the game against his former side as Mullen and Allan returned from suspension, replacing Burns and a trialist respectively. Gow came back in for Morgan in the centre of defence and Anderson replaced Kerr at centre forward.
Before the game there was a poignant minute’s silence for Brian McNeil who had served both clubs with distinction before his untimely passing in May.
Pollok were kicking down the slope and started the game on the front foot. An Allan ball over the top was superbly chased down by Anderson, who gathered the ball on the bye line and made his way into the six-yard box before hitting a low shot which was deflected over the bar. From the corner the ball was recycled and sent back in by Christie. Anderson got up highest at the back post and his header was tipped over the bar by Smith.
In the 10th minute Christie made his way across the pitch with a mazy run before slipping the ball to Duff on the edge of the box, whose low shot went just wide.
Against the run of play Kirkintilloch took the lead on 22 minutes. A cross field pass by Christie was mis-controlled by Forrester and set up a quick break. One pass found Tierney who unleashed a screamer from just inside the box into the roof of the net.
Pollok were only behind for five minutes however as Hutton played the ball into Anderson who swept it wide with a first time pass. Christie took it in his stride and went passed Gilday before sending in a tempting cross, which Anderson finished off at the front post.
Christie then tested Smith with an absolute howitzer after a pass inside by Allan, with the goalkeeper doing well to push it out of harm’s way.
Just before half time the home side took the lead. A Mullen corner evaded everyone and came to Duff on the edge of the box. He played a clever pass to Forrester who crossed to the far post where his defensive partner Gow rose well to bullet a header home.
The second half began with Ryan McGregor on for Rob Roy but the first significant attack was remarkably similar to the action that had ended the first half. A Mullen set piece made its way beyond the back post where it was retrieved by Forrester who curled in another lovely cross with Gow once again leaping highest to head home and double Pollok’s lead.
A slack pass by Christie was picked up 15 yards inside the Rob Roy half and thumped towards goal. Its trajectory had Fry worried for a moment but in the end the audacious effort went wide. It was the first in a series of long-range efforts on the Pollok goal with a couple going wide and a couple saved by Fry. The home keeper was also called into action to clutch a corner cleanly.
In the 83rd minute, Kirkintilloch found themselves a route back into the game. A cross was only partially cleared and when it was passed back into Kettings he took his time before curling a shot into the corner.
This gave the away side an obvious boost and when their next attack seemed to be floundering they were able to keep it alive and find Baber on the edge of the box. He was afforded plenty of time to line up his shot which he dispatched into the top corner for what had seemed an unlikely equaliser.
The Southsiders attempted to raise their game again to find a winner and came desperately close in injury time. A Mullen cross was brilliantly brought down by Kerr who turned and volleyed towards goal. With the keeper beaten it capped a disappointing second half for Pollok when the ball crashed off the junction of post and bar.
The elation of beating Talbot the previous Saturday was replaced with frustration and disappointment at two points dropped. There had undoubtedly been positives in the performance but ultimately it’s the result that matters.
Man of the Match: Calum Gow
After a strong defensive showing last week against Auchinleck Talbot, it was at the other end of the park where his impact was most keenly felt with two well-taken goals which put Pollok two goals in front.
Match Report by Peter Thomson
Photographs by James Graham and Finlay Thom
Full match highlights from Mark Donnelly:
Stewart Maxwell’s post-match interview: