Mariners salvage 'crucial' point at Oakley but boss Gordon Wylde left irked by Camelon's performance

Camelon Juniors boss Gordon Wylde reckons his side’s last-gasp point picked up at Oakley United last Saturday may be a crucial one in the East of Scotland First Division title race, even if he wasn’t pleased with Mariners’ lacklustre display.
Striker James Finlay celebrates equalising (Photo: Kristopher Dowell)Striker James Finlay celebrates equalising (Photo: Kristopher Dowell)
Striker James Finlay celebrates equalising (Photo: Kristopher Dowell)

The visitors, now second in the table, three points behind leaders Dunipace, found themselves two goals down after 15 minutes before James Finlat grabbed a goal back ten minutes from the break.

The hosts then however retook the lead just before half time, but they eventually were punished by Camelon’s quality, with two late goals from Kai Wilson and Finlay in the 95th minute salvaging a draw.

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And frustrated boss Wylde told club media: “ Considering how well we played against Arniston Rangers (3-0 win) last Tuesday, the difference in performance was unexplainable really. But that is the football you get at this level of football. The pitch wasn’t great but that certainly didn’t bother Oakley. I think our guys are maybe a wee bit spoiled with how good our surface is. To be fair to Oakley, they outmuscled us in the first half and maybe even worked a little harder than us. We go in 3-1 down at half time and that isn’t a great position to be in at all.

“We came out and managed to a couple of goals back in that final ten minutes. They looked tired and we managed to score two nice goals but we still didn’t even start the second half well. It is frustrating and it is hard to actually be happy that we picked up a point, although at the end of the day, it probably is a good point.”

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