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    Allan Maitland previews Forthbank game 

    Monday, March 02, 2009 4:58:07 PM

    Saturday’s result at Stair Park was a good result for us, we were under a lot of pressure and knew we had to win the game. I was aware only to well how important a victory was for the team and supporters, all the pressure was on us to win the game, certainly the two early goals helped us overcome this, Bomber scoring a magnificent free kick before Stuart Noble again showed he has a good eye for goal. Stranraer gave themselves a boost going into the game with Michael Moore and Stevie Aitken returning to bolster their squad. We knew this was a must-win game. I think the result almost ensures Stranraer will be the team getting relegated, but we had to beat them and now the onus is on the other teams around us in the table to do the same. The team’s sprint from the starting blocks which ultimately secured the points was hugely important, to be two goals ahead after four minutes was a wonderful start. Stranraer were gifted a lifeline when Iain Campbell attempted a waist-high clearance which their player ducked down, the outcome was a penalty, scored by Martin McBride. We dominated in the second half and sealed the points in spectacular fashion when Iain Campbell found the net direct from a corner.
    We were relieved to get the third goal and for the first time this season I have seen us playing out a game for 20 minutes and killing it stone dead. However we had clear chances to increase our lead, Andy Scott and Pat Scullion both having opportunities which should have counted, it could have been five or six – one in the end. Greig Spence once again starting the game and being part of another away victory for the team.
    We now face another set of great games with back to back derbies against Stirling Albion and a vital home game against Arbroath. Stirling Albion have found a patch of decent form going into tomorrows match on an unbeaten run of seven league games. Our away record against Stirling Albion is dreadful and I would like to change that sooner rather than later. On Saturday at Stair Park Dougie Hill and Iain Campbell being back in the side gave us better shape, but Iain will be doubtful for the match at Forthbank due to taking a knock to his knee late on in the game at Stranraer, while Brian Carrigan could be back in the squad for tomorrow evening.

    Allan Maitland – Team Manager

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