From the November edition of The Albion magazine
Will October be the month that sees us turn the corner? Time will tell but undefeated in three away games, including a very pleasing performance – and result – against Clyde, augurs well. We round off the month at home to East Stirlingshire.
During November, we also entertain East Fife for our Scottish Cup 2nd round replay and Arbroath on league business, with the possibility of another home game against Cumbernauld Colts, if we can secure victory against East Fife, on November 28.
Given our mounting number of yellow and red cards, it would be wrong of me not to mention discipline in this piece. I’m sure fans will agree the club magazine is not the place to go into detail, but suffice to say the Board and our Management Team take the matter of our indiscipline extremely seriously and internal processes are in place (and being utilised) to address the issues.
At the time of writing, the most recent red card incurred at the end of our match versus East Fife in the Scottish Cup has not been discussed formally but by the time you are reading this article a full investigation will have taken place and an outcome will have been determined.
On a more positive note, I’m delighted with our improving injury situation that throughout the first quarter of our league programme has not helped – not an excuse, just a fact. Darren Smith making his long-awaited comeback as a substitute against East Fife was particularly pleasing. It’s been a very frustrating time for Darren and the club during his prolonged spell on the sidelines but I’m confident that he will now kick on from here and repay both his own and our patience.
On another positive note, the progress made by our Under 20s during the first third of their league programme has been very impressive. Despite rounding off the sector with their first defeat (away to Berwick Rangers) they sit proudly on top of the Development League East.
My thanks go to Stuart McLaren, Andy Todd, Ross Forsyth and of course the players for their hard work and commitment. It has been particularly pleasing to see their increasing engagement with the first team, not just on the playing front but also getting involved behind the scenes both during the week and on match days.
Away from the playing side, we are closing in on the appointment of this year’s Modern Apprentice to assist Andy Todd with his ever expanding community programmes. Indeed I expect him to be in place in the next couple of weeks and I’m sure Andy will be giving him a full introduction in next month’s edition.
Thanks for your continuing support, particularly evident during the past month and please be assured that everyone at the Club is ‘bursting a gut’ to give you more reasons to smile in the coming weeks and months.