Yoker co-manager Tommy Montgomery was left to rue missed chances as he watched his side blow a 2-1 lead before fighting back from 4-2 down to nick a point away to Lugar Boswell Thistle at the weekend.

Already relegated, the Whe Ho travelled to Lugar for their penultimate match in West League One playing for nothing more than pride.

Highly-rated midfielder Jamie Waddell fired Yoker ahead 20 minutes in before the hosts hit back on the half hour mark.

Montgomery’s side immediately restored their lead thanks to Greg Cree to go in 2-1 up at the break but Lugar netted three times in a disastrous 20 minute spell in the second-half to lead 4-2 with five minutes remaining.

Yoker grabbed one back for a lifeline with five minutes remaining before Waddell popped up with his second of the afternoon to rescue a point as Montgomery admitted his side must do better going forward.

He said: “We were 2-1 up at half-time and by far the better side. We missed a few good chances to go further ahead, so I said to the boys I wanted more of the same after the break but to be a bit more clinical. 

“We came out with a lacklustre performance, though, which just wasn’t anywhere near good enough. Lugar are a young team full of enthusiasm which we weren’t able to match. That was really disappointing.

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“They were 4-2 up with five minutes to go. We actually scored three goals in the last five minutes which was unbelievable with the referee ruling one out as it ended a draw.

“The half hour period after the break was the sloppiest we’ve looked all season but they showed decent character to come back and get the draw in the end.

“Jamie scored two for us which was a bonus. He had a really good first-half and got us the point in the end. Overall, we left with a draw with some positives and some things to work on away to Wishaw tonight before finishing up the season.”

With just one game to go before dropping down to League Two, Montgomery, along with fellow co-boss Peter McKenna, has already started preparations with as much as SIX players on the verge of signing up for next season.

The gaffer added: “We’ll get tonight’s match out of the way then we’ll get the boys over to the new Holm Park for a look at that. We’ve got five or six new faces coming too so it will be good to be able to show them around the new facilities before they sign.

“The vast majority of the squad have resigned as well which is a boost. It’s too early to disclose any names of the new signings as most of them still have games left to play this season. 

“We’ve pencilled in to start pre-season now for the last week in June so it is a quick break for the boys. The Sectional League Cup starts soon after that and we’ve been approached for a few friendlies so it’s just a case of trying to get the squad prepared as best we can before that.” 

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