Win over Auchinleck Talbot a massive confidence boost for Rob Roy

Rob Roy celebrate their second goal against Auchinleck.
Rob Roy celebrate their second goal against Auchinleck.

Rob Roy boss Stewart Maxwell praised his players after they fulfilled his pre-match prediction against Auchinleck Talbot on Saturday.

Maxwell said beforehand that he felt his side were capable of giving ‘the best team in junior football’ a game - and that’s the way it worked out as they beat the Ayrshire Superleague giants 2-0.

He said: “I felt beforehand that we could give them a game and that’s the way it worked out.

“We told the players that if they were going to beat Auchinleck Talbot they would have to match their work rate. They hunt every ball down and don’t give you a minute on the ball and to be fair all 14 players involved were excellent.

“Their manager said afterwards that we thoroughly deserved to win and it’s a great confidence booster for the players who will feel that if they can beat the best team in junior football then on their day they can beat anybody.

“Our defence was marshalled really well. We coped with everything they threw at us and picked them off on the counter attack.

“It was great to reward our supporters with a win like that. It’s a difficult time for the club with us playing outside Kirkintilloch while we wait for our new stadium but we need to find a way to survive until that happens and hopefully results like Saturday can encourage a few more through the turnstiles.”

Meanwhile Rossvale boss Martin Lauchlan insists he’s not getting carried away despite his side returning to the top of the Central First Division with a 3-1 win at Carluke.

He said: “It was a good win and it puts us back on the top of the table. It’s a squad game and oncce again we showed that we have goals from all over the park.

“But we’re not getting carried away and our objective is still to cosolidate in this league.

“At the start of the season our objective was not go go down. After Christmas you can re-evaluate and it’s only once you have played the first round of matches against everyone else that you get an idea of where you stand.

“There are a lot of big teams - with bigger budgets than ours - in the bottom half of the league so we’re certainly not getting carried away.”

Meanwhile Rossvale’s start to the season has attracted interest from senior clubs and Jason McKay and Michael Hardie were inviited to train with Stranraer this week.

Lasuchlan admitted: “We will never stand in the way of players of senior teams come in for them. We want to go down the road of bringing in young players and providing a pathway for them to progress.”

Rossvale have also brought in midfielder Corey Irvine (17) signed on loan from Stirling Albion until the end of the season.

Neither Rob Roy nor Rossvale have a game this week after receiving byes in the first round of the Scottish Junior Cup,