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    Paul Hartley previews Elgin game. 

    Monday, December 26, 2011 3:09:44 AM

    Today I would like to extend a warm festive welcome to Ross Jack, the players, coaches, supporters and directors of Elgin City FC as they visit Recreation Park for the first time this season.

    Last Saturday at Berwick we appeared to have had the game won but you can never think too far ahead – we were well on top in the second half and looked like we could score more goals but credit has go to Berwick Rangers in the way they fought back. After they scored their goal we sort of panicked a bit and a mistake killed us – but we don’t blame anybody, although it was a bad decision to make which has cost us, but we have to keep going – we are still undefeated in the last eight league games. I was disappointed as we had a good opportunity to go top of the league. We started the second half well which we have done for most of the season and Steven May got his first goal for the club which he thoroughly deserved as he had worked his socks off – I was delighted for him and at that stage we looked so comfortable. I felt if anything we could have increased our lead. We then made a couple of substitutions to freshen things up, but it was Berwick who scored which gave them a lift and we were then on the back foot - the players will need to look to bounce back.

    Today we know just how tough a fixture this will be given the fact Elgin City won well at Borough Briggs earlier in the season, in a game not to many positives could be taken by the players or supporters who had travelled such a distance to witness such a poor showing. However, I know that every player who is selected to play today will give everything in trying to win this match and maintain our unbeaten home form in the league.

    Please continue to give us your backing today, it makes a big difference to myself and the players, lets hope we can give you the correct result and we can enjoy a successful outcome and enjoy a happy Christmas and look forward to a good New Year.

    Paul Hartley

    Managers Corner