YOKER ATHLETIC climbed the Super League First Division table with a 4-2 win away at Maryhill on Saturday.

Skipper Gary Bissland returned from suspension to replace Shaun Kelly who missed out through illness. Reece McGillion came in at left back in place of veteran Mark McManus in the only other change from the side that beat Shotts a week earlier.

The home side went close early with the impressive Dale Clark threatening in the first few minutes.

Yoker then took hold of the match and took the lead when McGillion sent Ryan Hynes through on goal, the striker outpaced the ageing legs of Andy Banks before slotting coolly home past Jack Baker in the ‘Hill goal after nine minutes.

Hynes’ striker partner David Crerand then doubled the lead after a quarter of an hour when he took on McClune before volleying home from the edge of the box.

John Harvey made it 3-0 with an expertly taken free-kick just before the half-hour.

Steven Reilly’s side should have seen the game through to half-time but Jamie Docherty got ‘Hill back in the match when his effort squeezed through Gareth Watson in the visiting goal, the Whe-Ho stopper should have done better.

The Whe-Ho came out determined to keep control of the match with the midfield pairing of Bissland and Andy Campbell dominating the game.

Greg Maitland was causing Maryhill no end of problems on the wing and he came close to extending the lead more than once before ‘Hill got a lifeline with 25 minutes remaining. Kevin Kelly’s deflected cross looked Watson’s ball all day long but the keeper hesitated which allowed Willie Wells the chance to nod home.

Thankfully for the visitors, Hynes immediately restored the two-goal lead with a well-taken goal just moments later.

Yoker could have further extended their lead with substitutes Arbuckle and Cameron coming close as the game drew to a close.

Three wins from the last four games has seen the Whe-Ho climb back into the top half of the table With Kerr Allan, David Manley, Kenny Hadden and Mark Maxwell all expected to return to training imminently and the possibility of one or two new arrivals in the new year then the strength of the squad will be a positive for Reilly.

Yoker Ath: Watson, Bailey, McGillion, Henry, Harvey, Bissland, Rankin (Arbuckle), A.Campbell, Hynes (McManus), Crerand (Cameron), Maitland. Not Used: L.Campbell (GK), Ross.