Spence hungry for more goals

Greig Spence scores the winner at Queen of the South
Greig Spence scores the winner at Queen of the South

Greig Spence is hoping to continue his early-season scoring streak now that he’s fully recovered from a recent injury.

The 21-year-old Raith Rovers striker has been wrapped in cotton wool since picking up a thigh strain against Dunfermline on August 20.

He missed three matches before making a scoring return from the bench in last week’s Ramsdens Cup quarter-final win over Falkirk.

And after being restored to the starting line-up in Dumfries on Saturday, he grabbed his sixth of the season to earn a 1-0 win over Queen of the South.

“That’s two winners in two games so I’m quite happy with that,” Spence told the Press.

“Sometimes after an injury it can take you a few weeks - maybe even a month or so - to get back to full sharpness but I’m feeling good.

“I came off after about 70 minutes but that’s just a fitness thing.

“That’s me back to full fitness now so I can work a wee bit harder during the week now and get back fully fit.”

Spence has been working on his movement in training and it seemed to pay off on Saturday as he found himself unmarked on the six-yard line.

“That’s where the gaffer wants me so when the balls go in there I’m the one to finish them,” he explained.

“Grant Anderson has managed to put a great ball across and I’m where I should be to get another goal.”

Spence was also full of praise for the performance of goalkeeper David McGurn.

He said: “We’ve got to thank Davie for the victory - some of the saves he pulled off in the first half were frightening.

“You expect that from Davie. He’s got that in his locker.

“It’s great to know we can rely on him and trust him.”

The result shot Rovers up to third in the table and Spence is now setting his sights on catching his former club Hamilton at the top of the table.

“You don’t want teams opening gaps at the top end of the table so early in the season,” he said.

“There’s no-one going to run away with the league this year so, if we keep picking up points, come Christmas, we could be up there challenging.

“The boys are all in it together and we’re all trying to be as successful as possible.

“We just to have keep working hard.”