Kilby’s four in a row

Billy Stark’s men step up league chal­lenge

East Kilbride News - - FRONT PAGE - Paul Thom­son

Ross McNeil ended Spar­tans’ nine-game win­ning run and now the East Kil­bride striker hopes they can go on a hot­streak of their own.

The 23-year-old hit dou­ble fig­ures for the sea­son af­ter nod­ding home the win­ner in Satur­day’s 1-0 vic­tory at K-Park.

That de­liv­ered Kilby’s fourth league win on the bounce fol­low­ing tri­umphs over Civil Ser­vice Strollers, Edus­port and Selkirk.

And the club’s top scorer hopes they can build on their im­pres­sive form with them trail­ing lead­ers BSC Glasgow by just two points.

He said: “That’s four games in a row we’ve won now so we are start­ing to pick up a run of re­sults.

“Hope­fully we can keep the run go­ing.

“We are work­ing harder and the re­sults show that.

“The 1-0 win over Cow­den­beath in the Scot­tish Cup, 4-1 at Selkirk and now 1-0 against Spar­tans, they were all re­ally hard games, but we’ve won them all.

“With how tight it is at the top of the ta­ble, we know how big a win this is.

“Spar­tans have a game in hand, so it might have been a long way back if we had lost.

“We owed Spar­tans one for end­ing our big win­ning run last sea­son (30-games) and they beat us at K-Park in the East of Scot­land Cup last sea­son as well, so that was cer­tainly some­thing that was in my mind on Satur­day.”

At­ten­tion now turns to­wards their Scot­tish Cup third round clash with Al­bion Rovers on Novem­ber 18.

The last time the sides met, back in July, Kilby were on the end of a 5-2 ham­mer­ing in the Bet­fred Cup and McNeil hopes af­ter prov­ing a point against Spar­tans, the Low­land League side can do the same against League One op­po­si­tion.

“Rovers is another mas­sive game and it’s another thing we need to put right,” McNeil in­sisted.

“The re­sult in the Bet­fred Cup was a bit of an eye opener and we need to be bet­ter in this game.

“We’ve im­proved since then and that’s my 10th goal of the sea­son.

“Last year I got 15, so it’s a sign of en­cour­age­ment I’ve hit dou­ble fig­ures al­ready.”

Goal hero Ross McNeil scored against Spar­tans

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