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    Festive Update 

    Sunday, December 27, 2009 10:30:57 AM

    I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas , the only downside being the complete cancellation of all the games in the Scottish Football League Irn-Bru Division Two on Boxing Day.
    Our late goal in the Scottish Cup tie against Cowdenbeath was a huge boost for us and we followed that with an excellent win against Brechin City in a great game that showed the benefit of having a strong squad with Scott Agnew and Brian Carrigan both coming off the bench to score. Aggie’s goal was his first of the season and was an absolute cracker – he arrived in the box to get on Iain Russell’s cut back and slammed a right foot shot into the top corner. His loan deal expires on 31st December when he will return to Ayr United to try and help them stay in the First Division – he is a young man with great talent and we wish him well for the rest of season. The Brechin game was Iain Russell and Kevin Welsh’s last game here and it’s fair to say that we didn’t get as much from them as we hoped due to injuries. Kevin was injured for virtually the full time here and Iain only returned for the last 3 league matches – in which he was outstanding, scoring twice and winning the man of the match in his last game.
    The postponement of our games against Dumbarton and Cowdenbeath on Boxing Day should mean that we have Andy Scott, Brian Carrigan and Stuart Noble all fit and available for the Stirling Albion game. I know players all want to start games but subs have become increasingly more influential in the modern game providing opponents with a fresh challenge in terms of stature and energy – it’s so important that players disappointment at not starting doesn’t prevent them from making an impact when they get the opportunity.
    The Cowdenbeath game would have been our final game in 2009 and I believe that our club and team are in a much stronger position than we were 12 months ago. A victory against Cowdenbeath would have put us in a great position to challenge both Cowdenbeath and Stirling Albion in 2010 and we will be giving our all to try and make that happen when the game finally goes ahead.
    As always I want to thank you for your support and wish everyone a “Guid New Year”
    Allan Maitland
    Team Manager

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