Two goals either side of the half-time break kept Linlithgow Rose in the race for the title – but manager Danny Smith is still looking for more.
“If you said to me before this game, would you take a 4-1 win at Camelon, I would have said definitely,” he said. “However, the same as last week, we are still letting teams come back at us early in the second half.
“Camelon came out for the second half and pulled a goal back and for a while we were unconvincing. That has to stop. So I was pleased with the result but we need more from the players.”
The Mariners were struck with a blow before the game started when goalkeeper Charles Clark failed to appear, so inexperienced Ian Ure stepped up. Linlithgow took the lead with a quickfire break in the 15th minute. John Ovenstone fired a long ball forward for Kevin Kelbie to flick on to Roddy MacLennan, who drove the ball low and hard into the far corner. A couple of minutes later, they were two up. This time, Kelbie picked up the ball just outside the box, before rifling home.
The opening salvoes of the second half belonged to Camelon. They piled forward and after Linlithgow keeper Scott Christie blocked a shot, the home side pulled a goal back. Eammon Fullerton was waiting just outside the box for the ball to drop and he volleyed it into the top corner to bring them back into the game.
Linlithgow came back and in the 60th minute restored their two-goal advantage from the penalty spot. Ure brought down Roddy MacLennan and was red carded. Graeme McLaren took over in goal only to see Tommy Coyne blast the ball past him. With only a couple of minutes to go, Coyne grabbed his second after Kelbie had headed on a cross from the right.
Linlithgow proved too strong for Camelon on a freezing cold December afternoon and this win keeps them ticking over nicely for the title push in the new year.
Camelon: Ure, Bell, Devlin, Graham, Fullerton, Scott, M Wright, Donaldson, Allison, Stevenson, McLaren. Subs: Cooper, Benton, G Wright.
Linlithgow Rose: Christie, Wilson, McGowan, O’Byrne, Ovenstone, Nelson, Kelly, Shirra, Kelbie, Coyne, Ro MacLennan. Subs: Batchelor, Thom, Ru MacLennan, McKillen, McKinven.