February may be the shortest month of the year but this one is set up to be huge in respect of our prospects in retaining our position in SPFL1.
Valentine’s Day sees the visit to Forthbank of our closest rivals, Ayr United, in what is undoubtedly a pivotal game. Win and we’re back within touching distance, lose (or draw) and the mountain gets a good bit steeper.
No one can deny we’re not playing well enough to get the required result but equally there’s no denying that despite improved performances, the results just aren’t coming our way. It’s clichéd but winning is a habit and so is losing. Time to change our habit!
We also welcome Brechin City to Forthbank as we face two home games in a row. Brechin are on a great run of form. Time for that to come to an end!
The month is rounded off by a visit to near neighbours Airdrieonians and I’ll settle for a haul of nine points over the three games!
I’m sure that some fans are concerned about the lack additions to the squad, despite the departures of five players that started the season. We have brought in (or retained) new faces – Angus Beith, Scott Shepherd and most recently Kevin McKinlay – and it’s not for the lack of effort by Stuart (McLaren) and Marty (Corrigan) to add to this list.
Unfortunately, a couple of key factors have to be right – firstly, the player has to add value (i.e. better than what we’ve got) and secondly, the player (and the player’s parent club if he’s not a free agent) has to agree to sign (release). The search continues!
We’ve also been hit hard by injuries, in particular Steven Doris, who looks likely to miss the rest of the season. Steven is facing an operation and has the full support of the Club with this and his rehabilitation. Graham Weir also remains on the sidelines but Darren Lee Smith is getting close to being ready to kick a ball in anger.
Graham Douglas (Secretary to both the Club Executive Board and Supporter’s Trust) was rushed into hospital a couple of weeks ago suffering from meningitis and initially things didn’t look good.
However, I’m delighted to report that he is now making considerable progress and everyone at SAFC extends their best wishes to Graham and his wife Joyce that this recovery continues and that he’s soon back to full fitness. Haste Ye Back, Graham!
I close with the usual commercial plug… the Annual Dinner takes place at the Golden Lion Hotel on Friday 27 March and tickets are still available. Please contact Neil at the Club. A great night is guaranteed.