By Neil Hobson
Colin Smith has highlighted the progress made by a fresh-faced Rovers squad this season, and has stated his belief that the lads will continue to improve following the 1-0 win over Ormiston.
The no-nonsense defender admits that whilst the performance in East Lothian was scrappy in places, it was yet another reminder of how far a youthful Rovers side has come, he explained;
“It was very pleasing to get the points, especially since it was quite a tough game at Ormiston. But I thought the young boys did very well and put up a good fight.
“It’s a big stepping-stone for them; to win games ugly, so to speak. I think at the start of the season, we might have lost that match- but that grit and determination was there against what’s a very tough side.
“The group has gelled very quickly, and some of the boys have needed a bit of time to adjust to the step-up. But, as the weeks and months have gone by- they’ve adapted really well.
“And, with the second to none coaching they’re getting here- they’re only going to improve.”
Tweedmouth is the next challenge awaiting Smith and Co, and the experienced stopper insists Peebles won’t approach the game with disrespect- despite the phenomenal 7-2 win in the reverse fixture;
“They’ve been a bit up and down this season, but they can still go out and hurt us. For us, it’s just a case of going there with the right mentality.
“We’ve also lost a few guys up top, so in that respect, the game will be much closer than last time- but, again, we’re confident we can get the three points.”