‘Cup fi­nal’ looms against ’Hill

Rutherglen Reformer - - Juniors -

Wil­lie Har­vey will tell his Ruther­glen Glen­cairn play­ers Satur­day’s show­down will be just like a cup fi­nal.

Fel­low pro­mo­tion con­tenders Peter­shill are The Glens’ next op­po­nents in a clash which could end or boost ei­ther side’s hopes of go­ing up.

The Peasy cur­rently oc­cupy the play-off spot af­ter strolling to a 3-0 win over Cum­ber­nauld United while The Glens gained an all-im­por­tant three points at home to Gir­van.

And de­spite be­ing on a run of six wins in seven, Har­vey has urged his team to fo­cus on the fi­nal five games to keep their pro­mo­tion hopes alive.

He said: “Satur­day’s game is very im­por­tant – it’s like a cup fi­nal. I won’t bother say­ing it isn’t be­cause that’s what I’ll be telling the play­ers.

“We’ve com­peted well against the teams at the top. We’ve not lost against Kil­syth, we’ve drawn with Shet­tle­ston, we’ve beaten Cly­de­bank and Gir­van twice and drawn with Peter­shill.

“I think Shet­tle­ston is the one team in a pre­car­i­ous position. The oth­ers have a few games in hand to play but, when you start play­ing three games in a week, that’s when in­juries can come into it.

“I think 49 points will be enough for third place. And if it isn’t, we’ll look back on the draws we picked up ear­lier in the sea­son.”

Fraser Team notched his 13th goal of the sea­son as he opened the scor­ing against Gir­van.

Jay McKay saw his penalty saved af­ter Robert Pat­ter­son lev­elled the scor­ing but a late dou­ble from Jamie Hamilton res­cued an im­por­tant win.

“We played very well,” Har­vey commented. “In the first half we did well to get the goal but it was the same old [prob­lem], we never took our chances. We went in at half-time com­fort­able, hav­ing con­trolled the game. And we came out look­ing as though we were go­ing to get a cou­ple more goals but they got one. We missed a penalty but we re­sponded well af­ter that.

“Fraser [Team] has been a bit un­lucky with in­juries which has kept him out the team and the two boys up front have done well.

“On Satur­day he worked re­ally hard and I’m glad he got his goal.”

Re­ac­tion Wil­lie Har­vey

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