Go­ing for goals

Sean’s big hope af­ter bag­ging first strike for Rovers

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - Sports - Mark Pirie

Sean Hig­gins hopes to go on a scor­ing run for Al­bion Rovers af­ter his first goal for the club against Al­loa — and help se­cure their first point at Clifton­hill this sea­son.

Rovers are fourth af­ter a stun­ning rout of Al­loa, with striker Hig­gins adding to Con­nor Shields’s headed opener, a goal from Joao Vic­to­ria and an Alan Trouten dou­ble.

Kris Ren­ton and Scott Tag­gart replied for Al­loa with Rovers in a 3-0 lead.

How­ever the vis­i­tors weath­ered the storm of a pos­si­ble Al­loa fight­back to keep their play-off spot at this early stage of the sea­son.

The 32-year-old Hig­gins has been in and out of the team fol­low­ing a spell on the side­lines with a calf strain.

How­ever, he now hopes to shoot his way to a reg­u­lar start­ing place.

He is look­ing to go on a scor­ing streak at the ex­pense of top-of-the-ta­ble Raith Rovers this week­end.

“As a striker I know you’re judged by your goals so it’s good to get off the mark,” he told the Ad­ver­tiser.

“I’m prob­a­bly playing in the deep­est po­si­tion I have in my ca­reer, so it’s a change for me.

“Hope­fully I can go on a wee run now. At the end of the day, it’s a cliche, but it’s about the results.”

He con­tin­ued: “Our home form has been ques­tioned by a lot of peo­ple. It’s not been good enough.

“We took a good sup­port to Al­loa but the fans at Clifton­hill must be won­der­ing what’s go­ing on with us – as if we are playing two to­tally dif­fer­ent teams.

“First and fore­most we have to put in a good per­for­mance.

“We have to de­fend bet­ter as a team or Raith, with the play­ers they have, will score a few.

“We want to show what we are about this week­end.”

Shields opened the scor­ing early in the game with a header in five min­utes be­fore Scott McLaugh­lin played the ball across to Trouten who knocked it home with his left foot.

Hig­gins made it three just af­ter the in­ter­val, find­ing the bot­tom right-hand cor­ner of Neil Parry’s net. Ren­ton and Tag­gart hit- back for the Wasps but Trouten took the sting out of them with his header to make it four.

Sub­sti­tute Vic­to­ria rounded off the win af­ter Trouten played him through to tap in from close range.

For­mer Clyde and Cow­den­beath for­ward Hig­gins felt that the game hinged on Rovers fourth goal.

“Af­ter I got the third, as a team we prob­a­bly stopped push­ing as hard,” he said. “Maybe we thought the game was won but they came back at us.

“At 3- 2 there was only one team in the as­cen­dancy and we had to play the ball to Con­nor on the wings to get a break.

“Thank­fully Alan scores his header. He just can’t seem to stop scor­ing at the mo­ment.”

On the mark Sean Hig­gins scores for Rovers against Al­loa Photo: C Wood­ward

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