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It is not quite X-Factor, but Mark Lamb is on the look out for new talent for Vale of Leithen after his wafer-thin squad managed an impressive victory over Broomhill.
The Victoria Park team boss was forced to start 41-year-old coach Ian Little and Scott Devlin, who had not played football for 12 months, for the game.
But Lamb cannot rely on both for the remainder of the season, added to which Jack Blaikie and double goal hero Jason Stevens suffered injuries in the second half.
“I signed three players ahead of this game, but we definitely need to recruit more,” he said.
“We have a great club here, and would welcome any players.
“Jason can play at a higher level, and we also have Kenny O’Brien who has played against Rangers at Ibrox for Berwick Rangers.”
Talking about the match itself Lamb added: “I thought we should have been 4-0 up at half time but we were under pressure in the second period due to Broomhill’s excellent set pieces.”
Vale were on a rotten run of form, having lost three in a row, and with top scorer and captain Josh Morris injured, Ewan Saunderson suspended and player/coach Chris Anderson having left the club, it appeared the successive defeats would extend to four.
But instead Vale, who included ex-Linlithgow Rose midfielder Brydon Fairgrieve in their starting line-up, were on course for victory within ten minutes as Stevens and O’Brien found the net.
Ex-Hibs man Stevens had some luck with the first goal after five minutes when the ball rebounded back into his path to score from ten yards. But there was no fortune needed for Vale’s second as O’Brien danced past Broomhill’s static defence and produced a superb finish.
Ainslie Hunter should have made it 3-0 when he scooped over a Devlin free kick after visiting goalkeeper Matt McGinley made a hash of catching the ball, but it mattered little as Stevens slid in the third on 35 minutes.
Vale were never in danger of losing, even when Broomhill pulled a goal back after Craig Duncan bundled in Ross McKinnon’s vicious free kick.
Former Gala Fairydean Rovers right back Ryan Sclater and centre half James Elliot, from Earlston, were both outstanding at the back as the hosts jumped above their opponents to ninth in the Lowland League.