Dodd sets sights on cup lift to help get El­gin on path to pro­mo­tion

The Press and Journal (Inverness) - - SPORT - BY ANDY SKIN­NER

El­gin City mid­fielder Chris Dodd’s pain at miss­ing out on the pro­mo­tion play-offs last sea­son has made him all the more de­ter­mined to suc­ceed with the Black and Whites.

City suf­fered a loss in form at the end of last term – fail­ing to win any of their last 12 matches – which meant they fin­ished fifth in League 2, de­spite oc­cu­py­ing a play-off spot for the ma­jor­ity of the cam­paign.

The col­lapse in form co­in­cided with the in­jury ab­sence of lead­ing scorer Shane Suther­land, who is out un­til 2018 with a cru­ci­ate lig­a­ment in­jury.

Man­ager Jim Weir has strength­ened his squad with six sign­ings, de­fend­ers Cameron Eadie, Ross McKin­non and Stephen Bron­sky, mid­fielder Jon-Paul McGovern and at­tack­ers Jor­dan Al­lan and Calum Fer­gu­son.

Dodd, who is in his sec­ond sea­son with Jim Weir’s men af­ter join­ing from ju­nior side Jean­field Swifts last sum­mer, has been ea­ger to re­turn for an­other pro­mo­tion push since last sea­son’s hopes were ended by a fi­nal-day 0-0 draw against Cow­den­beath on May 6.

Dodd said: “I feel we have un­fin­ished busi­ness. A lot of the play­ers who were here last year will know how dis­ap­point­ing it was to miss out on the play-offs. We and the sup­port­ers were bit­terly dis­ap­pointed af­ter fail­ing to win the fi­nal game against Cow­den­beath. That was a real downer and I have been look­ing for­ward to com­ing back in since that game fin­ished.

“Pro­mo­tion is the aim and that is what we will be look­ing to do.”

El­gin play their fi­nal Bet­fred Cup group match against newly-rel­e­gated Peter­head at Bor­ough Briggs to­day, with the Mo­ray side un­able to qual­ify for the sec­ond round af­ter de­feats by Dun­fermline, Hearts and East Fife.

Peter­head will also com­pete in League 2 this sea­son but Dodd will not read too far into the out­come against the Blue Toon, who are among the favourites to win the ti­tle.

“It is prob­a­bly too early but what it might have a bear­ing on is the first game against them in the league which is two weeks later.

“We play each other four times over the course of the sea­son and, with League 2 be­ing the way it is, any­body can beat any­body.”

Dodd hopes his side can kick on from an en­cour­ag­ing per­for­mance in the 3-2 de­feat at East Fife on Tues­day and he added: “We can­not qual­ify which is dis­ap­point­ing but East Fife and Peter­head are more real­is­tic tests for us. We were a bit un­for­tu­nate against East Fife not to at least take it to penal­ties. The longer the game went on against East Fife we found our feet.”

Chris Dodd

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