Rabs switch cup focus to West of Scotland target

Rob Roy are hoping for more cup celebrations against Ardrossan
Rob Roy are hoping for more cup celebrations against Ardrossan

Rob Roy turn their attention to the West of Scotland Cup this Saturday when they face Ayrshire District side Ardrossan Winton Rovers in a second round match.

The Kirkntilloch side, whose Super League game at Pollok on Saturday was called off, are still in the hunt for a potential four further trophies this season to add to the Central League Sectional Cup they won in September.

They remain top of the Premier Division and are in the last eight of the Scottish Junior Cup. And as well as the West they will also be involved in the Central League Cup with a home tie to come against St Roch’s.

It’s an excting time for the club but boss Stewart Maxwell is keeping his feet firmly on the ground and taking one game at a time.

However he admitted that rather than his players resting on their laurels with one trophy already secured, that success has only made them hungry for more.

He said: “Someone said on Saturday it was the first time they’d ever seen Rob Roy odds-on with the bookies to beat Pollok at Newlandsfield so it just shows you how far they’ve come.

“Every challenge they’ve risen to the occasion up until now but they’ve just got to keep it going, keep focussed and keep everything together.

“But the players have been absolutely immense and I can’t speak highly enough of them.

“We’re coming to the business end of the season and from a players’ point of view it’s brilliant, I’d love to be in that changing room as a player.

“I think that because we’ve already won something we’ve tasted that winning feeling. You can have a successful season and be pipped in the semis or get beaten in the final. But we’ve tasted silverware and I think that’s given the players the hunger to go and taste more.

“Obviously it’s good that we’ve won the League Cup but there are bigger prizes there.”

However Maxwell is taking nothing for granted against Ardrossan.

He said: “It will not be easy. They’re sitting at the top of their league and they’ve scored goals and play good football in that league.

“Again Rob Roy just now are a scalp so they’ll come up and it’ll be like a cup final for them.”