GRANT Anderson terrorised the Wick defence on Saturday – then set his sights on proving himself in the First Division.
Anderson scored one and set up two as Raith progressed to the second round of the Ramsdens Cup with a 4-2 win against the Highland League outfit.
The 25-year-old winger is a relative latecomer to the senior game having played at junior level with Kirkintilloch before signing for Stenhousemuir two years ago.
After an impressive debut season at Ochilview, he was snapped up by Hamilton last summer, only to be loaned back to Stenny, before being released in May.
Anderson is now determined to put his Accies disappointment behind him, and become a First Division success with Raith.
“Last season was stop-start, so I want to play as many games as I possibly can this season and prove to myself, and other people, that I can actually do well at this level,” he told the Press.
“I’m really enjoying it at Raith – training is good, the boys are good, and the way the club’s run is brilliant.
“I’m really happy just now, and I’m glad I made the decision to come here.”
Anderson was pleased to find the target on his competitive debut, scoring Rovers’ crucial third goal with a stunning left foot volley.
“You can’t ask for much more than a goal on your debut,” he said.
“I had a couple of chances in preseason and never took them, so I’m glad to get off the mark.
“I hit it with my left, which is my weaker foot, but it certainly wasn’t a fluke! It was a decent strike.
“I can hit volleys quite cleanly with my left, although my crossing is not as good with my left.”
Anderson’s strike helped Rovers secure the win after mistakes in defence handed Wick two second half equalisers.
“We’re pleased with the win, although we made it hard for ourselves by giving them two goals,” Anderson said.
“It was one-nil going on five at half-time, but you need to actually be 5-0 up before you can start to think about cruising.
“If we got a quick goal after the break it would have deflated them, but we gave them two goals and they were right up for it after that.
“Things got really tight at 2-2, but we did well to come back and eventually kill it off.
“When you consider the long journey, the slope on the pitch, and the big home crowd, we have to be happy with it.”
Next up for Raith is the Scottish Communities League Cup first round, with Berwick Rangers visiting Stark’s Park this Saturday.
“The expectation will be on our shoulders again but Berwick are a decent side so we can’t take anything for granted,” Anderson said. “We just have to go out and do our job.
“It’s a home tie this time so hopefully there will be a good crowd and they’ll get right behind us.”