'It’s a crucial time of the season': Glenrothes FC co-boss John Martin knows huge importance of this Saturday's trip to bottom club Kinnoull

In what looks a hugely important fixture for third-bottom Glenrothes FC’s East of Scotland Premier Division survival bid, they visit bottom club Kinnoull in the league this Saturday for a 2.30pm kick-off.
John Martin (right) and fellow co-boss Kev Smith (left) are pictured with Jordan McKenzie, who scored a hat-trick in a friendly win last Saturday (Pic by Ross McQuade)John Martin (right) and fellow co-boss Kev Smith (left) are pictured with Jordan McKenzie, who scored a hat-trick in a friendly win last Saturday (Pic by Ross McQuade)
John Martin (right) and fellow co-boss Kev Smith (left) are pictured with Jordan McKenzie, who scored a hat-trick in a friendly win last Saturday (Pic by Ross McQuade)

Glens, whose scheduled home league game against second-bottom Luncarty last weekend was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, instead won 4-0 in a hastily-arranged friendly against amateur outfit Greig Park Rangers.

The Warout Stadium side go into the Kinnoull match on 12 points from 17 fixtures, just one below fourth-bottom Crossgates Primrose and safety with 13 games to play.

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Glens co-manager John Martin told the Glenrothes Gazette: “Kinnoull are in the bottom three with ourselves so we’re looking to try and get three points out of that.

"It’s a crucial time of the season.

"We’re more or less at full strength because Kyle Bell’s back to full fitness. We’ve got a couple of wee knocks here and there but nothing too bad.

"We failed to get an astro pitch to play Greig Park Rangers so we ended up playing on the pitches at the top of Warout to get guys minutes.

"We had a look at a few under-20s so it was a good exercise. Jordan McKenzie got three goals and Jay Bridgeford scored as well.”

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Glens go into the Luncarty game having drawn their last three league matches, against Hill of Beath Hawthorn, Jeanfield Swifts and Crossgates Primrose.

"We really feel we should have won the first two of those games after losing goals in the last minute,” Martin said.

"It’s maybe been down to a lack of concentration or mistakes from us late in games.

“In the game against Crossgates we weren’t really up to the standard that myself and Kev (fellow co-boss Kev Smith) have set.

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"But it’s been points dropped in the last three games overall. We don’t feel our current league position is a fair reflection of our squad.

"We are unbeaten in the new year so we’re trying to stay positive.

"We’ll go to Kinnoull on Saturday and hopefully get the points we’re looking for to start climbing out of that bottom three.

"Let’s hope the game is on and we can get back in a wee rhythm that we’ve been in recently.”