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