Jags’re­ward for Ju­nior Cup tie vic­tory is more train­ing

East Kilbride News - - SPORTS - Paul Thom­son

Pic: Karen M Scott

Alan Pater­son has re­vealed East Kil­bride This­tle’s ‘re­ward’ for their Ju­nior Cup win over Gir­van was a se­ries of run­ning drills at train­ing.

The Jags boss led his side to a stun­ning 3-2 vic­tory over the Su­per Pre­mier out­fit in Ayr­shire on Oc­to­ber 28, but Pater­son has been keen to keep a lid on things with This­tle sit­ting idle over the week­end.

He told the News: “They were all buzzing at the train­ing ses­sion on Thurs­day and I had to bring them back down to earth with a night of run­ning.

“I don’t think they were too chuffed with that, but we want to keep their feet on the ground.

“The boys are un­der­stand­ably still on a high from the cup win. They an­swered ev­ery­thing that was asked of them and it was fan­tas­tic.

“I don’t think the boys will re­alise un­til later in life how big a re­sult it was.

“We’ve shown we are not a mil­lion miles away from teams who are play­ing at the top level.

“Billy and John are still buzzing and they are just as ex­cited as all the play­ers.

“Ev­ery­one is just look­ing for­ward to get­ting back on the pitch be­cause it’s tough be­ing off when ev­ery­one else is play­ing.”

This week­end brings more cup ac­tion for the Jags, this time in the sec­ond round of the West of Scot­land Cup when they travel to Shotts.

The Show­park side beat them 4-1 on the open­ing day of the league sea­son, but Pater­son is ex­pect­ing a much closer con­test on Satur­day, given Shotts played much of the last con­test a man short.

He said: “I’m pretty sure it will be a dif­fer­ent game.

“The guy that got sent off was the player we had pin­pointed as their main threat, so I’m sure we’ll find a lot more dif­fi­cult on Satur­day.

“I watched Shotts at the start of the sea­son be­fore we played them and they are an ex­pe­ri­enced out­fit.

“They are a good side and play on one of the big­gest parks, if not the big­gest, in Ju­nior foot­ball.

“With the pace we’ve got in the team, though, that could be a big fac­tor. Hope­fully, we can make that work for us.

“We know the Ju­nior Cup and the league, es­pe­cially, are where we want to be push­ing on this sea­son, but we won’t take the game lightly.

“The guys are des­per­ate to get out there again.”

Satur­day’s clash at Han­nah Park is a 2pm kick-off.

Man­ag­ing ex­pec­ta­tions Pater­son had to bring his play­ers back down to earth

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