Manager’s Column – 25th February 2013

P1040798I felt the Cambuslang match was the proverbial game of two halves. We lost two soft goals in the first half but we had a word with the players at half time and I was delighted with our start to the second half when we pulled a goal back almost immediately and then went close to equalising. Unfortunately, my sending off turned the game and I’ve apologised to the players for letting the team down. Having said that, I believe Cambuslang are by far the best side we’ve faced in the league and we’ll take the positives from the game into training this week.

We’ve brought Whitey Moffat and Terry McGroarty onto the coaching staff and I’m delighted they accepted our offer. Whitey has vast Junior experience and Terry is also greatly experienced at Youth level. When Martin Lauchlan resigned I decided to change tack and bring some experience on board to assist Martin Harty and I . Both are very honest and will challenge my opinions although as manager the final decision will be mine. As I said to the players, I’m looking forward to starting something new at the club with these appointments.

I’m aware that the squad at the moment is light and we’re actively trying to bring 2 or 3 in, although it’s important that they strengthen the squad rather than just adding to the numbers. We’ve been working our contacts to see who might be available and I took in a couple of amateur games at the weekend on the lookout for the right type of player.

I’m looking for a good, hard working football performance against Vale of Leven on Saturday. We’ve got to make Kingshill a fortress and push on towards the promotion places as although the games are beginning to run out, we’ve certainly not given up on hopes of promotion. Hopefully, we should have Scott Gibb and Barry Canning back in the squad for Saturday although Tony Traynor is suspended after his red card at Cambuslang.