Tough test for Rob Roy this Saturday, but Jimmy reckons the troops are up to it!

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CONFIDENCE is high among the Kirkintilloch Rob Roy team ahead of this weekend’s game against Ashfield.

The Rabs put a patchy festive period firmly behind them to start 2013 on a high with a clinical 4-0 league victory on Saturday.

The trouncing of Glenafton Athletic consolidated Rabs’ third place in the league and kept the pressure on leaders Auchinleck Talbot and Petershill.

It was a much-needed three points for the Kirkintilloch team, who have lost to Clydebank and Pollok in recent weeks.

Gaffer Jimmy Lindsay said: “We didn’t really turn up in the Clydebank game, then had a great win over Kilsyth in the cup.

“It was disappointing to lose to Pollok, but it was terrific to see the boys bounce back on Saturday.

“At the end of last season we had 28 points after 22 games – that’s us now on 20 points after only 11 games, so we’re going in the right direction. We know what we’re capable of doing and just need to string a few wins together, including beating Petershill and Auchinleck when they come around, and hope some of the other teams do us a favour.

“We’ve got another tough game against Ashfield this weekend then we’ve got the cups to look forward to.”

Rob Roy take on Ashfield on Saturday at Saracen Park. Kick-off is at 1.45pm.

* THERE was a winning start to 2013 for Bishopbriggs side Rossvale FC as they played their first league game in TWO MONTHS.

The juniors beat Wishaw 3-1 away from home – their first league outing since November 10. The Wishaw game had been repeatedly postponed. This Saturday, Rossvale will be back in North Lanarkshire as they travel to take on Newmains United – kick-off at 1.45pm.

Manager Ian Gray said: “It was a good win on Saturday, we played very well. It was 0-0 at half-time, we went 3-0 up and they scored a consolation in the last minute.”

The scorers were Graeme Dempey and Dylan Dastey (2).

Looking ahead to Newmains, Gray said: “We’re still struggling numbers-wise and only had 15 on Saturday. I will only have a maximum of 16 players when everybody is fit and available as three are out long-term and won’t play again this season.

“Newmains will be a hard game as we will be playing on the public astroturf park at the sports centre in Wishaw where they beat us last year. We will have to be at our best to get a result.”

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