Rovers can keep up pres­sure at the top

Cen­tre-back Perry backs side for more big re­sults

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Ar­broath ................. 1 Al­bion Rovers ......... 4

Mark Pirie Ross Perry is con­fi­dent that Al­bion Rovers can keep up their mo­men­tum at the top of the ta­ble af­ter a dom­i­nant dis­play against Ar­broath.

Rovers are amongst the early pace-set­ters in League One and find them­selves sit­ting third af­ter another win on the road at Gay­field.

Cen­tre-back Perry knocked home the third goal of the day – with Alan Trouten, cap­tain Gary Fisher and in-form striker Con­nor Shields also on the score­sheet.

Kane Hester grabbed a con­so­la­tion for Dick Camp­bell’s men but it was the vis­i­tors who cel­e­brated an im­pres­sive three points.

The 27-year-old de­fender is now con­fi­dent that the Coat­bridge out­fit can con­tinue to build – as they sit just be­hind full-time Ayr and Raith Rovers in the league.

“We have shown what we are ca­pa­ble of,” Perry told the Ad­ver­tiser.

“As a team we are still gelling but you can see we are start­ing to find a good bal­ance.

“It’s a great bunch of lads and there is a re­ally good mood in the dress­ing room. We are a small group but it’s tightly knit.

“There is a good squad and we are all push­ing each other to keep up at the top end of the ta­ble.”

He added: “On a per­sonal level it was good to get my goal. I prob­a­bly don’t get enough of them – so it was good to take one of those chances.”

Perry also be­lieves Rovers can over­come the prob­lems they have had at home so far this sea­son with a win over Stran­raer on Satur­day.

He said “We’ve not been at our best at home, or given our­selves the best chance to win those games with the way we have played.

“We have im­proved in the last two games, so we are con­fi­dent that we can get a re­sult.”

Trouten opened the scor­ing just be­fore half-time as he lofted his shot over Red Lichties goal­keeper David Hut­ton.

Rovers hit the static Ar­broath de­fence on the break as Gary Fisher broke through on goal to dou­ble the lead, and Perry volleyed in a third from a well-worked cor­ner.

He s t e r clawed a goal back af­ter meet­ing a Bobby Linn cross, be­fore Con­nor Shields out­paced the hosts de­fence and slot­ted the ball into the net to make it four.

Fol­low­ing the game, boss Brian Kerr felt that play­ers re­turn­ing from in­jury had boosted the side.

He said: “We have had Sean Hig­gins and Ja­son Marr back from in­jury, and Craig McLeish has been added to the squad.

“These are ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers with qual­ity. All the boys in the start­ing 11 know they need to fight for their place in the team now.

“That pres­sure can only be good for us.”

On the vol­ley Ross Perry scores Al­bion Rovers third goal against Ar­broath Pho­tos: Colin Wood­ward

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