Long­ing for the hand of ex­pe­ri­ence

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - Motor Guide - with Jim Mil­ton

The en­cour­ag­ing start to the sea­son made by Marc Fitz­patrick’s youth­ful side fal­tered spec­tac­u­larly at Stair Park on Satur­day.

The nice drive down the coast be­came a dis­tant mem­ory af­ter no more than 10 min­utes of play.

By that time we had con­ceded a woe­fully de­fended opener and had to watch the bizarre spec­ta­cle of a crutches-propped-up Fitzy take the limp of shame to the stand af­ter his protest over a con­tentious pass­back.

Sadly, and in spite of a nicely fin­ished equaliser from Willis Fur­tardo, the Di­a­monds were al­ways se­cond best to their stronger and more worldly-wise op­po­nents. In Wal­lace, Woods, Agnew and goal hero An­der­son, they had an at­tack­ing unit ca­pa­ble of dam­ag­ing Air­drie’s dumb­struck de­fence with ev­ery wave for­ward.

Sim­ply put, the team lacks lead­er­ship on and off the park.

Fitz­patrick and Stephen Find­lay re­ally are mak­ing the best of the im­pos­si­ble sit­u­a­tion they’ve been landed with, but they need the guid­ing hand of ex­pe­ri­ence to steady the ship.

Con­so­la­tion Willis Fur­tado cel­e­brates scor­ing

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