Spence finds no consolation in Falkirk goal

Greig Spence - Raith Rovers
Greig Spence - Raith Rovers

Greig Spence may have scored his first goal in over two months on Saturday, but that was of little consolation to the Raith Rovers striker after a resounding 3-1 defeat to Falkirk.

After enjoying a hot scoring streak at the start of the season, Spence has been stuck on seven goals since scoring a penalty in the 4-2 victory against Dumbarton back on October 5.

That goal drought ended on Saturday as the 21-year-old came off the bench to notch Rovers’ consolation goal on an otherwise disappointing afternoon for the team at the Falkirk Stadium.

“We just didn’t start,” Spence said. “You work hard all week on preparation for the game and it all goes out the window after a terrible start, although give credit to them - they knocked it about well and we couldn’t get near them.

“Coming on at 3-0 down, there’s not much pressure on you because there’s not much worse you can do.

“You just have to work hard, and it was good to get the goal. I’ve went a few weeks without scoring.

“It means nothing when we’ve got nothing out the game though.”

Spence has had to fight for his place this season with Gordon Smith, Callum Elliot and Lewis Vaughan all vying for the two starting positions up front.

“There’s four of us all trying to get those two spots so I just need to work hard in training and when I do get my chance make sure I take it,” Spence said.

“I was confident at the start of the season and banging goals in but I’m a young striker and I might go a few weeks without scoring and missing chances.

“I’ve just got to keep my head down and work hard because goals will come and go. At least I’m getting into the positions to score them - eventually I’ll start banging them in again.”

Three league defeats in the last four has left Rovers clinging onto their place in the Championship’s top four, but Spence is confident that the team will recover from their slump in form.

“There’s not much between the teams in this league,” Spence said. “It’s a tough one to lose today, but if we can bounce back like we did the last time we had a defeat then we’ll be alright.

“As a team we’ve just got to work that wee bit harder. We’ll bounce back because we’ve got good spirit.”