Shotts on the rise

Wishaw Press - - DISTRICT NEWS -

Shotts saw a rise in for­tunes in the sec­ond half of the year with the ap­point­ment of John Mck­e­own mak­ing a huge dif­fer­ence at Hannah Park.

The for­mer­wishaw Ju­niors gaffer had a big job on his hands to turn the side’s for­tunes around.

Firstly he per­suaded goal­keeper Johnny Mur­doch, strik­ers Danny Burns and Steve Aitken and mid­fielder Dean Suther­land to remain at the club.

He also brought in a raft of new play­ers such as Ju­nior Smith, Ger­ry­watt, Jor­dan Hals­man and Craig Craw­ford at the back, mid­field­ers Adam Hunter, Jor­dan Craig and­tay­lor Evans, as well as Michael Collinder and Jor­dan Love to help out up front. Later ad­di­tions in­cluded Nicky Moore and Jamie Pol­lock.

There was an im­me­di­ate im­prove­ment when the team qual­i­fied for the play-off round of the Sec­tional League Cup for the first time in five sea­sons, although they went out on penal­ties to Les­ma­hagow.

De­spite set­backs against Greenock and Gart­cairn, it has been in the league real progress has been made with the team win­ning 12 and draw­ing four so far to start 2019 in the pro­mo­tion places.

They also boast the tough­est de­fence in the divi­sion, with the gaffer’s de­fen­sive nous prov­ing piv­otal. But no mat­ter how much suc­cess is achieved this sea­son, it will be to­tally over­shad­owed by the in­jury to Nicky Moore in Novem­ber that looks set to keep him out of foot­ball for around a year.

In­jured Nicky Moore

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