An­nan tar­get first home win

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - SPORTS -

Ben Ra­m­age

An­nan are hop­ing to fol­low up their ex­cel­lent away win over El­gin by bag­ging their first home league win of the sea­son this week­end.

Man­ager Peter Mur­phy over­saw a con­vinc­ing 1-0 win up at Bor­ough Briggs last Satur­day, with the Black and Golds dom­i­nat­ing the ti­tle con­tenders on their own patch be­fore weath­er­ing a late come­back to claim all three points.

Now he’s tar­get­ing pick­ing up his first league points at Gal­a­bank as An­nan wel­come third-placed Sten­house­muir to­mor­row.

Mur­phy said: “We were de­lighted with the win last week­end. We were very happy with the clean sheet but there are still ar­eas to im­prove.

“We started re­ally well which is some­thing we had been work­ing on, start­ing bet­ter. We missed a few re­ally good chances though and I was a bit un­happy with that.

“We ex­pected a re­ac­tion from El­gin in the sec­ond half and the boys were put un­der real pres­sure but they did re­ally well to get out with a clean sheet.”

For­mer Queens striker Ai­dan Smith showed great com­po­sure to slot home the penalty which took the spoils and Mur­phy was pleased for the 20-year-old af­ter per­form­ing “re­ally well” over the start of the sea­son.

The El­gin win fol­lowed an­other long trip north up to Peter­head in the IrnBru Cup the week­end be­fore. Mur­phy gave the squad Tues­day’s train­ing ses­sion off to re­fill the gas tanks be­fore a strong Stenny side ar­rive.

Mur­phy said: “We need to start pick­ing up points at home but we’ve got to be re­al­is­tic. It might not come to­mor­row.

“Stenny are a big phys­i­cal side, they’ll be a dif­fer­ent propo­si­tion to El­gin. We need to stand up to that chal­lenge and hope­fully we’ll come away with the points.”

De­feat Dal­beat­tie Star will hope to bounce back af­ter their 4-1 loss to Civil Ser­vice Strollers­dal­beat­ti­es­

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