Maryhill Boss Looking To Bounce Back Against Shotts

By Chief Reporter Tom Scott

MARYHILL Juniors manager Jim Delaney has revealed hard work from his squad will be required to end a shaky start in their Super League First Division campaign, writes Tom Scott.

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Having won promotion alongside Central District First Division champions Renfrew Juniors last season, Lochburn Park fans eagerly awaited their step-up after an absence of eight years. However, two successive defeats against Petershill (6-0) and Kilsyth Rangers (5-2) have left them propping up the division – and facing second-bottom Shotts Bon Accord at home this Friday evening.

Reflecting on their latest setback, Jim revealed:  “Yes, disappointed with the result, although we have some positives out the game compared to previous week. “We played better in spells of the game although conceding poor goals.

“The squad will have a new look to it in the coming weeks as we are close with a couple players, who will bring quality. “The Shotts game is a Friday night due to looking for a good crowd as the Saturday crowds will be affected due to Celtic v Rangers game.”

Boss Delaney started the hard work towards Friday evening with a high tempo training session last night, and by Wednesday he hopes they will be good shape for the visit of Shotts, who have lost their opening league games against Girvan (3-1) and Clydebank (3-0).

Jim added:  “This season is a step up for the club on and off the park.  Hard work will get us through our shaky start. “We will get stronger and the players are hurting as they are used to winning our fair share of games.  It’s a challenge but it’s one we will face head on.”

Meanwhile, in the Shotts camp manager Kieran McGuinness, who was assistant to Cumnock boss John McKeown when they won the Super League First Division title last season, has a clear philosophy in his approach to the game – and that won’t change amid a crippling injury list which has side-lined up to seven players at any given time. McGuinness wants his team to play good, attractive football, and rules out Route One tactics.

* Friday’s league clash, under the Lochburn Park floodlights, will kick-off at 7.30pm.

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