Liam Allison says if the team can keep the essence of their performances in the two Scottish Cup matches against Annan Athletic they could become an unstoppable force in the Lowland League.
The Shire new boy described his team mates as “gutted” to lose to a goal in the sixth minute of injury-time against the League 2 side at Ochilview, believing that “missed chances” cost them their place in the next round.
But, he says, the positive displays in both games against Annan point the club in the right direction.
“We look to the league and try to build on the positives,” said Liam. “We played a lot of good football, created a lot of good chances and defensively I thought the back four did well. Right through the team everyone is working hard which is brilliant to see; everyone working hard and giving everything for the club.”
The next challenge will be to try and take all of that into next weekend’s Lowland League match against Dalbeattie Star at Ochilview. Liam says if the team can translate its performances in the two cup games into similar displays in the league they could go on a run.
“I think we could be flying if we did that,” he said. “We should look to do that. This has only given us confidence and although it’s a hard one to take, that will pass. We surely can only get stronger from it.”
Saturday was only Liam’s third game in the team and he has yet to make his Lowland League debut for Shire. He started last season at Camelon Juniors but spent most of the campaign on the sidelines due to injury.
After a summer operation and plenty of rehab he is now ready to prove his worth and make his mark at his new club.
“I have been training with Shire for a wee while before I signed but I’m now back to more-or-less full fitness,” he said. “It’s brilliant to be back. There’s nothing better than playing with players who want to win, who want to do well and who want to work hard for each other. And That’s what we have here.”
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