Glens must win final game or relegation is confirmed

Glenrothes Juniors manager Benny Andrew
Glenrothes Juniors manager Benny Andrew

Glenrothes Juniors must win their final league match of the season on Saturday to keep alive their slim hopes of avoiding relegation from the East Premier League.

Three points at home to Forfar West End would take the Warout men out of the relegation zone but with all the teams below them still to play games in hand, Glens could still end up dropping into next season’s North Division.

Failure to win on Saturday would confirm Glens’ fate, but manager Benny Andrew is hoping that his side can at least put some pressure on the teams around them.

“We can only do our bit and then hope results go our way between now and end of season,” he told the Gazette.

“We have to try to get the three points and make other teams work for it.

“Some teams have still got four or five games to play, but winning them will not be easy.

“It’s a tough league and all the teams are capable of beating each other.

“It’s unlikely, but it’s certainly do-able.”

Victory on Saturday would mean Glens had given it their best shot by finishing the season with three wins.

“It would be a good way to finish,” Andrew said.

“We would then look to freshen up the squad a bit and kick on again next season wherever we end up.”

Meanwhile the race for promotion from the North Division may be about to take an unlikely twist.

It has emerged that league leaders Downfield are facing a possible 15 point deduction for fielding an ineligible player, meaning both Kennoway Star Hearts and Thornton Hibs could yet be promoted.

Second-placed KSH have completed their fixtures and face an anxious wait. Thornton could overhaul them by winning their four remaining games, starting away to East Craigie on Saturday.