Ger's thoughts on convincing win at Easthouses
The sun was finally shining in the Rovers final third!
Yesterday we spoke to the boys about margins and their standards. What we’ve seen in the division this year is that on the day anyone can come away with the points. Our results have shown on the whole that it has been a really competitive campaign.
I did however feel that our application in the blistering heat was spot on. In the first half it was almost a carbon copy of our midweek performance against Tweedmouth Rangers. We’ve controlled the large majority of it in fairness. We’ve hit the bar, missed a few guilt edged chances and Jamie Mackay brought the best out their goalkeeper from range but then, as human nature would have it, the doubts start to creep in. I had mentioned in my previous notes that our performances have probably not reflected our current standings. We’ve got one of the best defensive records in the league which as pleasing but the flip side has been that we’ve probably not taken enough confidence from it to really push on at the other end of the pitch.
Our second half shows that the boys should have nothing but belief going forward though. The patterns/combinations in the final third yesterday with that cutting edge is something the boys are more than capable of so I was so pleased to see our forwards on the score sheet which will no doubt breed confidence going into our final two games. Kivi (Kyle Kivlichan) who has been a real standout these past few months settled the nerves and then a really smart finish from Paul Dickson, who is rolling back the years, puts a little more daylight between the sides. Young James (Clare) shows great composure and has been a breath of fresh air this season and puts the game to bed with another clever finish before Joycey (Michael Joyce) puts the icing on the cake. Cammy (Cameron Hanratty) and the back four, make no mistake, had to stay alert throughout and we chalk up a well-deserved clean sheet at the other end.
I really believe there is a lot more to come from this group. When you take all things into consideration we’ve got a really young and hungry changing room who will be much better for this year’s experience and journey. We’ve no doubts that the future is most definitely bright for senior football in Peeblesshire.