Back to bread and butter for Spartans’ Cup hero

Kevin Motion celebrates with Craig Stevenson after scoring against Clyde. Pic: ian Georgeson
Kevin Motion celebrates with Craig Stevenson after scoring against Clyde. Pic: ian Georgeson
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Kevin Motion hit the headlines as he fired Spartans into the fourth round of the William Hill Scottish Cup last Saturday.

But it’s back to normality for the midfielder this weekend as the club get on with the task of trying to retain their Lowland League title.

Gala Fairydean Rovers’ visit comes hot on the heels of Clyde’s unsuccessful trip to Ainslie Park. Dougie Samuel’s men needed two very late goals to overcome the Netherdale side earlier in the season and Motion, 30, is well aware that his team must maintain the intensity and level of performance they showed against Barry Ferguson’s side.

“It’s back to the league which is our bread and butter if you like,” he said. “It’ll be a tough game – they gave us a difficult time down at their place earlier on in the season. We managed to sneak a 2-1 very, very late on.

“We were back in training this week and there was a good buzz about this place after Saturday, but we can’t afford to drop anymore points as we’re a wee bit behind City. We’ll keep our feet on the ground and concentrate on the Scottish when that comes around.”

Spartans’ cup triumph coincided with Edinburgh City’s first loss of the season. Unfortunately for Motion and his teammates it came in the same competition and there remains the small matter of an eight-point gap that will need to be overcome if the north Edinburgh club want to finish top of the pile again. While having confidence in their ability to overhaul the deficit, Motion admits they’ll need favours, with the two sides not due to face each other until the penultimate game of the league season.

“We’ll be hoping that they’ll drop some points in the league which would be nice. By all accounts they did well on Saturday but Brora are a decent team as well so hopefully that’ll knock them off the rails a wee bit. We’ll see after Saturday but they’ve been really strong so far this season so we’re all playing catch-up at the moment.

“We had a slow start to the season, dropping points here and there with boys missing and that sort of thing but we’re on a decent run now including Saturday’s win so we’re high on confidence. We’ve got a few games at home coming up so we’ll be looking to pick up points and put as much pressure on City as we can in the coming months.”

Having faced League opposition in the Petrofac and Scottish Cups respectively this term, with another tie against Morton or Airdrie to come, the former Forfar and Stenhousemuir midfielder is desperate to make it a regular occurrence with Spartans.

“It gave everyone a taste of playing in games like that. It was a good atmosphere, a good crowd and the club is definitely wanting to get into that league. There’s a bit more to play for now with the pyramid system being introduced so that’s the aim. We’ve got a few hard months ahead of us to try and get there but I’m sure everyone would agree that that’s where we want to end up.”

To achieve that goal, Spartans will need a few more from Motion himself. The regular penalty taker has notched 11 so far this season and isn’t fussed whether they come from the spot or otherwise.

“I’ll take anything I can get! It’s always nice to stick the penalties away.”