Albion Rovers boss Sandy Clark admits he was pleased to take four points from their double-header with Broomhill last week, but feels they should have taken the maximum reward on offer.
The Wee Rovers were held to a 1-1 draw at Dumbarton Stadium last Tuesday night and followed that up with a strong 2-1 win at Cliftonhill at the weekend.
On Saturday, second half strikes from Alex McCaw and Dom McMahon earned all three points as Rovers fought off a late fightback from the visitors after Ben Chrystal’s 86th minute consolation.
Rovers have climbed to 12th spot in the Lowland League and Clark is happy enough with their points haul after two tough tests.
He said: “It has been a decent week for us.
“I was really pleased with the performance on Saturday. It was a physically hard game but I thought we handled Broomhill really well and scored two really good goals.
“When we lost a goal with five minutes to go we showed a bit of character to make sure that we didn’t drop any points.
“It was an all-round solid performance.
“We probably played better on the Tuesday night against them and only came away with a draw, but that was a game we should have won
“That has been a bit of the story of our season in away games, taking draws in games we should be winning, but I am really pleased with how we’ve handled things over the past week.
“We’ve not got the biggest squad and we are generally a young side, so we are looking to see if we can build on that this week.”
Clark was delighted to see McCaw and McMahon get their names on the scoresheet as well in front of a buzzing home support and added: “I’m really pleased for Alex and Dom.
“They are young kids who work hard at their game and they try to do the right things.
“It is always a bonus when you get the goals and they were good goals as well.
“Ross Connelly [the goalkeeper] plays a really good ball forward and Alex McCaw does really well to use his pace, determination and strength to score.
“And the second one is a really well worked free-kick where Dom has timed his run really well to finish it off.
“There’s lot of pleasing bits from the game.”
Rovers host eighth-place Linlithgow Rose, who sit six points in front, tonight and a home clash with lowly Gretna 2008 follows on Saturday.
Clark’s side are currently on an impressive five-game unbeaten run in the Lowland League and are yet to taste defeat in the division in 2024.
More positives results would take Rovers into the top 10 and Clark wants to break into the top half of the table sooner rather than later.
He said: “I would hope we managed that [reaching the top 10] in a short period of time.
“The teams above us have played a few games more and that has been the case all season.
“We just need to keep working away at it.
“If we get six points from the next two games, that will take us up the table a bit.
“There’s a lot of teams with a far bigger budget than we have and that is frustrating but hopefully we will end up in a strong position in the league
“To do that, we need to make sure we keep playing well.”
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