Bonnyrigg Rose striker Keiran McGachie is targeting more goals to aid his team’s bid for a dream Super League and Scottish Junior Cup double.
The former Motherwell youngster has struck 11 in all competitions for the New Dundas Park men so far this season, but he reckons he should be scoring more.
After starting the season with a bang, McGachie has dried up in front of goal somewhat since the turn of the year, scoring just once so far in 2017.
Ahead of hosting Bo’ness United in a crucial league match as Rose look to close the gap on leaders Kelty Hearts, and with a Junior Cup semi-final double header with Glenafton Athletic just around the corner, McGachie feels it is imperative he gets back on the goal trail.
“I scored in the last home game against Lochee [league] but before that God knows. It’s been a wee while apart from that,” said McGachie, who downed Bo’ness with a double back in September.
“I don’t know [why I’ve not been scoring], it’s just one of those things. I’m hoping to kick on and score a few more because it’s always usually Wayne [McIntosh] that does it. If I can contribute a bit more it would help with the run-in we’ve got. Hopefully, it’s an old cliché, that once I get one then I’ll kick on and get the confidence up and just keep scoring.
“Nobody has really given me any stick or that, but I just feel I need to add more goals to my game. It’s the first thing people look at – people instantly judge strikers on the amount of goals they score. Maybe I am reliant a bit too much on Wayne sometimes.
“Once you see the role I have in the team, I think that’s why I don’t get stick, they realise the role I do for them.”
Rose were left dismayed last week after referee Steven Traynor made the decision to postpone their East of Scotland Cup second-round tie away at Downfield just 15 minutes before kick-off.
A sudden downpour left surface water on the Tayside club’s Downfield Park and Rose were soon back on the bus back to Midlothian.
Another game added to their fixture backlog is something Robbie Horn’s side could do without. They still have 13 league games remaining and are still competing in the three cup competitions.
“I don’t want to use a harsh word but it was a bit farcical really,” said McGachie.
“Both teams were desperate to play, there was a bit of surface water after a random ten minute burst of rain and hail, but you could tell it wouldn’t last long. They got the pitch forks out and the ref kept throwing the ball up and it was bouncing, you’d be lucky if it didn’t bounce one in 30, but it just felt like he had his mind made up. Had he allowed it to be a three o’clock kick-off, the pitch would’ve been absolutely perfect. Both teams were disappointed at the game not getting played.”
Victory over Bo’ness would pull Bonnyrigg to within 20 points of Kelty who are on FIfe and Lothian Cup duty, with seven games in hand as they bid to regain their title.
Although confident of securing three points at home against Allan McGonigal’s men, with the Newtown Park club this week initiating their plans to leave the Juniors set-up with a view to joining the pryamid structure, McGachie is mindful of the threat they pose.
He added: “Bo’ness are one of the hardest teams to play, they’ve got quality everywhere and a lot of experience. Fraser Keast is a player I really like, he can be quiet the whole game then turn up at any minute and score a screamer.
“Hopefully we can build a bit of momentum which would probably start from Saturday. There is a good feeling ahead of the Scottish Cup semi and knowing the second leg will be at home. A lot of the supporters saw how we performed against Dumbarton at home so there’s a lot of belief. I just hope it’s not going to be too much too soon with the quantity of games we’ve got remaining.”