Craigroyston hope they have turned corner

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Craigroyston manager Andy Brown hopes his team have now turned a corner following their 1-0 win over Spartans EoS last week.

The St Mark’s Park club registered only their second away win of the East of Scotland League season last weekend with a surprise victory over Colin Tomassi’s side thanks to a Steven Moncur header in the second half.

Tomorrow, Craigroyston welcome Peebles Rovers to St Mark’s (2.00pm kick-off) and Brown is determined to prove that last weekend’s result was no fluke as they aim to climb the table.

“I love playing against Peebles because they are a good physical side who give you a real battle and we’ve got the players who can handle encounters like that,” said Brown.

“An advantage for me is that I know a lot of their players and it was the same at Spartans last week, from my coaching days at Hearts and Motherwell. You come across players who you’ve coached and worked with before and that can often work to your advantage although it is nice to meet up with old faces again.”

Prior to last week, Brown had seen his team struggle for form in the East of Scotland League but felt the agonising Alex Jack Cup semi-final defeat by Leith Athletic in extra-time was the catalyst for his side.

“Our performance against Leith was really good, the best team in the league, and we matched them all the way.

“We lost Oliver Fleming after only 34 minutes of that game to a red card but the way we battled and acquitted ourselves was excellent and I think the manner of our performance gave us the confidence.”

“We have good players, we’ve got Steven Togneri, Craig Dickson and we have added Keith Buckley up front to help the likes of Zak Williams whilst Nicky Rendall and Lofti Barbirou work ever so hard at the back. Our goalkeeper Shaun Smith has impressed with a couple of important saves for us as well and a couple of wins can see you go from second bottom to second top in this league.”

In tomorrow’s other fixture, Spartans EoS travel to Eyemouth United with The Ainslie Park side aiming to reduce Leith’s nine-point advantage at the top (2.00pm kick-off).