A win at last as Rovers built on last week’s point at Cowdenbeath by securing all three against Stirling Albion at the Riegart. Suddenly, the league table doesn’t look quite so depressing with the prospect of pulling ourselves off the bottom looking more realistic that at any other time this season.
Even more heartening for Rovers fans was the manner of the victory – three goals scored and the first clean sheet of the season. There are signs at last that we pose a threat up front and the recent improvement in our defensive record was continued with goalkeeper PJ Morrison once again proving the value of a secure custodian. Had we secured his services earlier in the season we may well be in a better position than we are now.
Before we get too carried away however we need to recognise that the points we have secured so far have come against the teams fighting for survival like ourselves. This is the minimum we need to achieve if we are to secure our senior status but it should now be our aim to try and challenge those teams higher up the table. Next week we visit Annan who are certainly one of those teams and it would be great if we could take something from that game to end the first quarter of the season on a high. It will not be easy of course, but confidence should now be growing within the team and the prospect of climbing the table will be a great incentive for the boys.
The last two weeks have hopefully been a turning point in our season and a good result next week will send us into Scottish Cup duty in good fettle. A prolonged cup run would undoubtedly be a great boost to our finances and might provide the platform for improving our squad in the latter half of the season.
Sam Tennent – 30th September 2018