Midfield friends reunited at Raith

STUART Anderson has revealed how he has turned back the clock to team up in midfield again with Allan Walker.

The Raith midfield duo were previously team mates at youth level and although their careers have taken completely different paths since, they have struck up an immediate understanding at Stark’s Park, which has helped the club to five wins out of five since the start of the season.

“Allan tends to bomb forward, whereas I tend to sit in more, and so far it’s working well,” Anderson told the Press.

“I’ve known Allan since I was 12. We played in the same youth team for a while, although I can’t remember if we had the same understanding then!

Daunting

“It’s normally a bit daunting to go into a new changing room, so it was good to know someone here on day one.”

Anderson (26) hails from Aberdeen but his career has seen him yo-yo between clubs in Scotland and England.

His first move took him a long way from home as he was signed by Southampton as a trainee, although he never featured in the first team.

He has also had spells with Blackpool, Ross County, Livingston, Peterhead and, most recently, Salisbury City in the English Blue Square Conference.

After spending the end of last season on loan at Eastbourne Borough, Anderson decided on a return to Scotland.

He joined Raith on trial and impressed enough over preseason to become manager Grant Murray’s first signing.

“I’m really enjoying it here,” he said. “It’s good to be back in Scotland playing in a competitive league.

“Raith is a good club to be at with a good group of professionals.

“It’s nice to start the season with five wins but we’re just keeping our feet on the ground and taking it game by game.

“We’re working hard during the week and hopefully that will continue to get us our rewards on a Saturday.”

Saturday’s 2-0 win away to Falkirk was easily Anderson’s most impressive display so far.

“It was a massive result,” he said.

“We got off to a good start against Hamilton and we wanted to keep momentum going.

“Falkirk are one of the favourites for the league but we put on a disciplined performance and got the goals.

“They’re good on the ball, and they played a shape that took us 20 minutes to get accustomed to.

“We changed our shape a little bit to sit in and hit them on the break and that seemed to help us.

“We weathered their storm and went on to create the best chances and score two goals - and we could’ve had a few more.

“We were really glad to get the win.”