GLENS PUT IN A GUTSY DIS­PLAY

Man­ager heaps praise on side af­ter win over Bell­shill

Rutherglen Reformer - - The Back Page - Mur­ray Spooner

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

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