GLENS PUT IN A GUTSY DISPLAY
Manager heaps praise on side after win over Bellshill
Willie Harvey praised Glencairn’ s‘ gritty’ performance that lifted them into the top half of the Super League First division.
The Glens ground out a 2-1 win at home to bottom side Bellshill Athletic in what was their third victory in a row.
Harvey’s men have now only lost one game in the last nine and added to their good run of form with goals from Mark Batchelor and Sean McGuire on Monday night.
The results against Cumnock, Kilsyth Rangers and Bellshill have shot Glencairn up into seventh spot to give them a greater chance of securing promotion.
However, Harvey reiterated that the aim for the season is to stay in the division and prepare for next season.
Speaking to the Reformer before tonight’s, Wednesday, match against Greenock, Harvey said: “The win takes us up the table and in the right direction. It puts more bodies behind us so it means more teams are below trying to catch us.
“Monday night wasn’t pretty but the attitude of the players has been brilliant.
“We were resorting to playing the long ball and when we do that we look like an average team.
“However, I can’t take anything away from them because they played well and got the win.
“We had another good performance against Kilsyth on Saturday where I felt we weren’t under any pressure.”
The manager praised the club’s youth system which has helped the senior side through difficult times.
Injuries, suspensions and work commitments have left the team depleted in past months and Harvey was glad to have the under 21 players available to make the step up.
Danny Salah started in the win over Bellshill and is one of several youngsters
that have already been signed up to the first team for next season.
Harvey added: “Danny is one of the under 21s we have used regularly and started on Monday night.
“It’s good to see the younger players playing and working hard and it was great to see so many of them and the management staff at the game. Fresh blood has been the reason for the good run of results.
“We’ve brought in new signings like Mark Duffy who is getting the goals, Ryan Docherty in defence and Andy McNab on wide right.
“But we also have players who are coming back from injuries and are helping the team out.”
Despite winning three games on the bounce, the gaffer is wanting more consistency to get The Glens back to their best.
The Glens travel to Greenock Juniors tonight knowing a win will take them above their opponents.
“I said to the boys last week that the target, come tonight, should be 30 points and we are capable of getting that,” Harvey added.
“Our aim is to avoid relegation but we cannot let our guard down and think that our work is finished.”
Graeme Brown will miss the visit to McKenna Park but Tony Fraser is expected to return.
Good run of form Gaffer Willie Harvey