Laurie Ellis was pleased to get through his first 90 minutes of the season without any hiccups on Saturday.
Ellis stepped into the defence for the suspended Dougie Hill and played his part in the 1-0 win over Falkirk that booked Rovers place in the semi-finals of the Ramsdens Cup.
“Every week I’m itching to play and it was great to be out there again.,” Ellis said.
“We have a good competitive squad, but not a huge squad, so there’s a big responsibility on myself and other players that haven’t been playing to keep fit and do a good bit of work on the side to make sure we’re ready to play when needed.
“But no matter how much aerobic and fitness work you do, match fitness is a different ball game.
“The main thing for me was just to be steady and not make any blunders.
“I felt a wee bit rusty here and there, but overall it wasn’t too bad.”
Ellis was delighted with the clean sheet, adding: “That’s where you’re judged as a defender, although you need a good shape in front of you before you can think about keeping a clean sheet as a back four.
“We’ve got that in place because we have boys in the middle of the park who listen. If we need a little help either right or left, they fill in quickly and that’s vital.”
Ellis has spent over a decade at Stark’s Park without ever featuring in a cup final and he hopes this current Ramsdens Cup run can change that.
“I’ve not played in a competitive final before so it’s a great target,” he said.
“We’re absolutely delighted to get into the semis. It’s good for the club and for the boys - it gives us confidence.
“Make no mistake that was a good Falkirk team and it was a hard fought game.
“Those are games that can be hard to get over the line in, so the boys have done well.”
Ellis doubles up as first team coach and while satisfied with the club’s start to the season, he feels it could have been better.
“We’ve made a steady start and there’s loads of things we’re happy with,” he said.
“But we’re also aware there’s improvements to be made and there’s a team there that can get better.
“It’s our job now to get the full potential out of this squad of players.”