Two wins and we're almost halfway home, says Dundonald boss
Dundonald manager Stevie Kay has been delighted with his team's start to their inaugural Super League campaign.
And he reckons that the Bluebell could be almost halfway towards their target of safety already if they could win their next two games.
After collecting six points from their opening three fixtures, Bluebell now have back-to-back home games against Lochee United tomorrow (Wednesday) and Penicuik Athletic on Saturday.
Kay is targeting two victories which would complete a dream start to the season and put the Moorside Park men on 12 points after just five games.
“If we can get that, we’d be over a third of the way towards staying up already,” he said. “For me, anything over 30 points almost guarantees safety.” However, Kay has been around the junior game long enough to know things can change quickly, and he expects two tough games this week, starting with tomorrow’s visit of a Lochee side promoted alongside the Bluebell last season.
“Lochee have done a great bit of recruitment in the summer - they’ve brought in a threat, and good experience,” Kay said.
“I can see them sitting comfortable in mid-table.
“Anyone that knows junior football knows they are a massive club - they’ve won the league a couple of times and won the Scottish Cup - but hopefully we can put them in their place a wee bit.”
Kay is also tipping Penicuik for a mid-table finish and is targeting them as one of the clubs Dundonald must beat in order to survive.
“Penicuik are capable of beating the top teams but don’t consistently carry it out,” he said.
“I would imagine they will be out of the danger zone but they won’t push. “They are one of the teams we should be looking to target along with the likes of Hill of Beath, Musselburgh and Broxburn.
“If we can get in amongst them we’ll be doing alright.”
Dundonald gave an excellent account of themselves aaway to title favourites Kelty Hearts last Wednesday, going down to a narrow 1-0 defeat due to a defensive error that gifted Brian Ritchie the winning goal.
“That was their only shot on target - a side-footer into an empty net,” Kay said. “We went to the potential and probable league champions and acquitted ourselves really well. “We were the better team in the second half and I don’t think anybody at Kelty would’ve grudged us a point.”
Dundonald followed up their impressive midweek showing with a 2-1 victory away to Broxburn Athletic on Saturday thanks to a Scott Lawrie double.
Kay added: “To come away from there with three points is decent.
“What we need to do is take confidence and belief from it and continue to play with a smile on our face.
“Tactically we’ll adjust to each game depending on what the homework tells us.
“We’ve made a couple of alterations for each game and, touch wood, the players are buying in and hopefully it’s working.”