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    Happy New Year 

    Sunday, January 03, 2010 5:27:53 PM

    A Happy New Year to you all - I would like to thank all our players for their efforts in 2009 and want them to know that we will be demanding even more in 2010 to achieve our aim of winning promotion to the First Division. Looking back at the year I believe the biggest disappointment was the defeat against Aberdeen in the Scottish Cup last season when we were excellent and very unlucky to lose to Sone Aluko’s goal. The highlight was probably seeing the progress made by Greig Spence in the first team that helped him secure his transfer to Celtic (his composed finish at Ayr United to secure our place in the Second Division was superb). Our recent victory at East Fife was probably the most convincing win of 2009 when the entire team played well. My favourite goal was Scott Agnew’s late strike against Brechin City when his right foot shot ended up in the top corner –possibly the best game we were involved in last year.
    Since the Brechin City game on 12th December, 2009 it has been very frustrating for the players and the fans that we have had our last three league matches against Dumbarton, Cowdenbeath and most recently the New Year Derby match against Stirling Albion cancelled, due to extreme weather conditions which has wiped out most lower league matches and even some Scottish Premier League matches, due to frozen temperatures which have affected the pitches and safety of supporters in staging such games.
    On Saturday 2nd January, 2010 we were delighted to be able to play a closed door bounce game against Hamilon Accies at New Douglas Park, Hamilton after their SPL game against Motherwell was also called off. The game provided the players much needed match practise and although Hamilton Accies won the game 4-0 the result was never the most important aspect of playing the game. Next Saturday we face a trip to Paisley to face another SPL side in St.Mirren in the 4th Round of this season’s Active Nation Scottish Cup. We are under no illusions of how difficult that game will be but our away form has been decent this season and we will go there with a view to winning and will try to make life as uncomfortable for our opponents as possible. I hope that we have a good support going through and that the Hawian boys enjoy their first journey to Paisley.
    To continue our preparation for the St.Mirren cup tie next Saturday we have arranged another friendly for Monday 4th January, 2010 against Kirkintilloch Rob Roy at Toryglen, Glasgow at the Sports Complex opposite, Asda, near to Hampden Park, kick off 8.00pm weather permitting.

    Allan Maitland
    Team Manager



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