One result doesn’t change the world but it sure helps to lift the spirits!
Arguably we played better the week before in defeat against Elgin and it’s certainly true to say we made hard work of picking up the three points against the Shire, especially after getting off to such a great start with two goals in the first seven minutes.
The freak incident involving Chris Smith and Lee Hamilton that led to the Shire’s opening goal could only happen to us – indeed Chris was unaware that they’d scored and asked the referee where the free kick should be taken! Post-match, both Chris and Lee (who was stretchered off with 20 minutes to go suffering from dizziness) reported themselves to be suffering from no lasting effects.
A warm welcome to the officials, management and players of our September visitors to Forthbank this month – Montrose and Queen’s Park – however, neither will be surprised to learn that the plan is that they leave empty handed!
An equally warm welcome to the two new additions to our first-team playing squad; Aurelien Mazel and Kyle Lander. Aurelien attracted the interest of several full-time clubs but part-time football suited his current circumstances and I’m delighted that he’s chosen to bring his considerable experience and undoubted quality to Forthbank.
Kyle joins us on a development loan from St Johnstone until mid-January and showed clear signs in his substitute appearance against East Stirlingshire that he will make his mark on SPFL2, as well as gain invaluable personal development.
With regards to the departure of J P McGovern, suffice to say I’m disappointed the way things have worked out but the last thing the Board or the manager wanted was a player in the squad who didn’t want to be here. There will certainly be no lack of motivation for our remaining fixtures against Clyde and I’m in no doubt that these sentiments are shared by everyone associated with Stirling Albion.
Finally, I’m sure I will get little or no argument that the early part of this campaign hasn’t gone as well as we would have wished but hopefully last week will prove to be a turning point and we can start to string together some positive results.
A big thank you to those loyal fans who have rightly been critical of our early-season form but have nevertheless stuck by the team on a Saturday afternoon, and to the very small minority who chose to take every opportunity to stick the knife in, please feel free to come out from behind your cloak of anonymity and get in touch through the usual channels. I’d love to meet you to get the benefit of your wisdom.