Inside the Box – Programme notes from the postponed game against Clyde
Last Saturday’s return to Cliftonhill to face struggling Albion Rovers was an opportunity to avenge our humiliating defeat that left us with 6 points from 8 games, a minus goal difference of 8 and 2 points from being Club 42.
Roll forward four months, and thanks to a clinical performance, that opportunity was grabbed with both hands! Our five-goal tally and a clean sheet saw our goal difference into the positive, albeit only by 1! Without a doubt the highlight of the win was the evergreen Peter MacDonald’s hat trick and if he’s not been named in the SPFL Team of the Week by the time you are reading this, there is no justice in the world! I can confirm, he did get his hands on the match ball and my thanks to Rovers for that generous gesture.
One extremely disappointing occurrence during the match was the knee ligament injury suffered by Dundee United’s on loan Archie Thomas. At the time of writing, it’s not possible to update on the severity of his injury but fingers-crossed a scan will provide good news. On behalf of everyone at Stirling Albion, I extend best wishes to Archie for a speedy return to fitness.
One recruit to the playing squad to announce; welcome Max Wright! The Manager knows better than anyone what Max “brings to the table” and being aware that his contract with Annan Athletic was due to expire in early January, he was quick to act in securing his services for the remainder of the season.
Moving forward to today’s match, I extend a warm welcome to everyone representing Clyde FC, most particularly their supporters who, thanks to their healthy travelling numbers, provide us with the rare opportunity to open the Away Stand. With both Clubs experiencing an excellent run of form, I’d be hopeful (and the Finance Director delighted!) that the turnstile count will approach four figures!
Many of you will be aware that the Club Board took the decision to purchase frost covers, following on from Stirling County Rugby Club’s generous gesture in lending us theirs, to ensure our last home game versus Queen’s Park went ahead. Some research on costs and a bit of good fortune in “being in the right place at the right time” resulted in a second-hand set of covers being delivered to Forthbank last week. Whilst not an exact science due to the variance in attendance and hospitality numbers, I’m extremely confident that the full financial outlay will be recouped with a maximum of four Saturday matches going ahead that would otherwise have been postponed and played midweek.
Thanks to everyone who assisted with the laying and lifting for the Queen’s Park game. I’ve no doubt more of the same is going to be required over the coming couple of months; indeed, the Frost Gang may already have been called into action before you read this article!
Enjoy the match!