Praise for Glens’ cup heroics

Glenrothes Juniors boss Willie Newbigging
Glenrothes Juniors boss Willie Newbigging
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GLENS manager Willie Newbigging is hoping the weekend’s stunning cup win will help transform his club’s league fortunes.

Newbigging’s men pulled off a shock East of Scotland Cup win on penalties over Super League side Carnoustie Panmure.

The manager reserved special praise for ‘keeper Jamie Roberts, but added that the whole side deserved credit.

He said: “We’ve really upped the training in the past couple of weeks and I think that had an effect.

“The boys really went into the game with a spring in their step and to beat a side that are sitting mid-table a league above us is fantastic.

“I honestly think that we were the better side in the 90 minutes, but when you miss your first three penalties then you only have one man to thank - Jamie Roberts.

“We’ve been unlucky in a lot of games this season but on Saturday we played really well and I can only remember them having one clear chance.

“What we’ve got to do now is take that in to Saturday’s game against Newtongrange.

“It’s a difficult place to go but I know we can go there and get something if the right Glenrothes team turns up on the day.”

Thornton were also in action at the weekend, rescuing a point with a last minute equaliser at Newburgh.

Hibs manager Craig Gilbert admitted afterwards that his side’s point was deserved.

He said: “I’d have liked the three points but a draw was probably fair.

“We should have been well up by half-time but, credit to them, they came back into it.”

New signings Darren Aitken, Ian Main and Nicholas McGowan all made their debuts for Thornton, with the boss saying he was pleased with what he saw.

“They were fine,” he said. “We changed our shape a bit and went three at the back and I thought the new boys slotted in well.”

This weekend Thornton face Kirkcaldy YMCA, with Gilbert expecting a tough time.

“I spent five years there as a player so know what they’re all about,” he added.

“It’s a local derby so it will be an enjoyable one.

“They’ve brought in a new manager from Dundonald and a few players from there too so they’re still going through something of a transitional phase.”