Heady days as Rob Roy top Super League

Willie Sawyers and Kevin Watt have helped Rob Roy to the top of the Super League table
Willie Sawyers and Kevin Watt have helped Rob Roy to the top of the Super League table

Kirkintilloch Rob Roy’s fairytale start to the season continued with last Saturday’s 2-1 league success at Hurlford.

Incredibly, the newly promoted, homeless and financially stricken side are now top of the Premier Superleague table with 12 points from five games.

Delighted Rob Roy manager Stewart Maxwell is “delighted” to be surpassing expectations.

He said: “We don’t have our own park or a big budget, which makes it even more extraordinary.

“We are ground sharing with Cumbernauld and waiting on getting our own ground, which is being held up by a few legal wranglings.

“What we are doing on the park is absolutely fantastic. When I took over three years ago I had no players, unlike now when I have a squad of 20.”

Despite Rob Roy’s lofty spot in the table, Stewart said that his target this season remained simply staying in the league by avoiding relegation.

“If we can get to 25 points then I will see how many games are left and then maybe re-evaluate our targets.”

Rob Roy are in Scottish Junior Cup action this Saturday, when they will take on Wishaw in a home second round match kicking off at 2.30pm.

“It would be great to get a decent cup run and get a few more fans coming to our games,” Stewart said.

Goalkeeper Jordan Brown is an injury doubt for the match.

Rob Roy emerged victors in their top of the table clash with Hurlford thanks to a Danny Boyle stoppage time goal.

Rob Roy suffered an early injury blow in the 15th minute when keeper Jordan Brown sustained a shin injury and after several minutes of treatment was carried off, replaced by Jon Murdoch. United attempted to test Murdoch but shots sailed over the bar.

Just as it was looking like a goal-less first half the home side grabbed the lead when the impressive Paul McKenzie sent over a cross for Ross Robertson’s lunging header.

McKenzie though was shown a straight red card for an over robust tackle on his Rabs namesake Danny in the second half, and the visitors took advantage. In the 68th minute Mackie won and took a penalty only to see Brown dive to his left and beat away the spot-kick but Watt was first to react to the loose ball and hammered it in to level matters.

With an increasingly desperate finale, Rabs’ numerical advantage finally paid dividends in stoppage time when Mackie’s corner into a crowded Hurlford goalmouth fell for Danny Boyle who drilled home at the second attempt.