GALA Fairydean Rovers walking footballers returned to action after the summer break and emerged unbeaten during round four of the national league at Ravenscraig on Wednesday.

The opening fixture was against Glasgow Sport East who took an early lead before Jim Watters equalised with a superb first-time strike from John Dodds’ low cross.

Glasgow added a second then Gala had a ‘goal’ disallowed when Gordon Rae’s effort was controversially ruled out after a high ball by a Glasgow defender.

Justice was done however when Rae scored from the resultant free-kick.

Oriam were the next opponents and the hard-fought encounter was decided by a Watters thunderbolt from his own half which flew into the corner of the net leaving the goalkeeper with no chance.

Oriam had a number of chances but Gala’s goalkeeper Glenn Milne was on top form and the team held on to secure the three points.

The final match of the day was against Ayr United and both teams had chances before Howard Edge opened the scoring with a tremendous first time shot from Dodds’ cross.

United secured a share of the points with a late equaliser and continued to attack but a special mention must go to Gala’s veteran defender Jim Mclaren who marshalled the opposition striker expertly.

Injured Player/ Coach Mike Godsman said: “I was really pleased with the effort and commitment of the team in what were three very close fought encounters. Goalkeeper Glenn Milne was outstanding and as well as some super saves showed great 'judgement' on at least six occasions when the ball struck our woodwork!

“I do feel our team shape still needs a bit of work and we also still need to continue to improve our on field communications but it was pleasing to have an undefeated round of three matches. The boys showed a lot of fighting spirit especially in our match against Oriam where we were under the cosh for much of the game but toughed out a one nil victory courtesy of another Jim Watters kick off special goal.”

Chairman John Hislop added: “The standard amongst the teams taking part in this competition has improved considerably since the competition started three years ago.

“Gala Fairydean Rovers are hosting our annual walking football tournament on Sunday, September 15 and I would recommend that anyone who is considering taking up the sport should come along and see for themselves what it is all about.

“We play twice a week at Netherdale and apart from the fitness and health benefits, it’s great fun and a fantastic way to make new friends.”