Juniors look to build on first half of season

Rossvale and Rob Roy are due back in action on Saturday.
Rossvale and Rob Roy are due back in action on Saturday.

Junior sides Kirkintilloch Rob Roy and Rossvale resume their league campaigns after the festive break this week.

Both sides begin with away games, Rob Roy travelling to Beith for a Super League Premier Division encounter while ’Vale head to Lesmahagow for a Central First Division clash.

The two have both enjoyed splendid first halves to the season and sit second in their respective tables after gaining promotion last term.

Rabs’ only defeat in seven games so far came at Shettleston back in September. They have been knocked off top spot by Auchinleck Talbot but got a boost when the Ayrshire side missed a chance to go clear last Sunday when they lost to Kilbirnie.

Manager Stewart Maxwell said: “That just shows the league is really tight and everyone is capable of beating everyone else.

“At this time of year the parks get heavier and injuries and illness take their toll so we have to focus on the next couple of months and dig deep.”

Meanwhile Rossvale sit just one point behind Renfrew but with a game in hand.

Like Rabs they have lost just once in the league and are also through to the last 32 of the Scottish Junior Cup.

Saturday’s match brings Rossvale boss Martin Lauchlan up against former Partick Thistle team-mate Billy McDonald, now in charge at Lesmahagow.

He said: “They’ve been on a bit of downer but I’ve no doubt Billy will turn it around and we just have to make sure we’re not victims.”