Rabs kick off league campaign with a win

Action from Saturday's Kilsyth v Rob Roy game
Action from Saturday's Kilsyth v Rob Roy game

Rob Roy assistant manager Paul Ronald has tipped his side to be a force in the First Division after an encouraging opening day victory against Kilsyth.

The number two watched on as Rob Roy grabbed an emphatic win over their local rivals on Saturday, with goals from Chris Duff, Scott Upton and Alan Urquhart.

It has been a summer of transition for the Rabs, with the coaching staff altering the footballing philosophy at the club.

And though his side were less impressive during the Sectional League Cup, Ronald believes the new coaching regime will bring some more combative performances in the weeks to come.

He said: “It was pleasing to get the win, especially in the way we went about the game.

“It was a good team performance and in the end we were convincing winners.

“From the back to the front, we looked solid. You can see the players have a good understanding of what we are asking them to do.”

He added: “We would like to have done better in the Sectional League Cup but at least now we’ll be able to focus on the league itself.

“We made a few changes to our style of play over the summer and it has taken a little while for the boys to get up to speed. It has been some slow progress but we’re definitely getting there.

“We know this is going to be a difficult season, and it will be especially hard knowing that we will be playing every game away from home.”

Ronald, along with manager Stewart Maxwell, will also run the rule over a handful of trialists in the coming weeks.

And though unwilling to name his targets, Ronald said they were speaking to a former Super Premier defender and a young striker with senior experience. Striker John Stewart still remains at the club as he looks to prove his fitness.