Despite playing for Scotland U-20 in Colombia less than a day previously, Andrew Cleary was our best player.

Despite playing for Scotland U-20 in Colombia less than a day previously, Andrew Cleary was our best player.

Even by Brook Street’s very low opening day standards, today’s 6-1 defeat at Vodikavkaz ranks as one of their worst, and does nothing to instil confidence that last season’s woeful away form will improve this term.

Even an attempt to limit the damage proved fruitless, and questions were clearly being asked of the coach’s ability at full-time by a large section of the fans. Marcus Lövman has a thick skin however, and is well used to taunts from this particular group, so was characteristically unruffled by them at the post-match press conference.

“What could go wrong today, did”, he said. “The fans pay their money, so are entitled to their point of view, but whether that view is factually correct is another matter”.

“Yes, we looked as if we hadn’t clapped eyes on each other before, but we were up against, in my opinion, one of the title challengers and they showed just how good they are”.

He continued, “We’re rebuilding the side at the moment so there’se no way we can compete with the likes of Vodikavkaz, Sparta or Vines and there’s no point in trying to convince ourselves otherwise. That’s what the supporters that are criticising us are failing to realise”.

“Sure, I’d love to have the luxury of being able to rebuild and challenge for the title at the same time, but that’s simple not going to happen. ‘Steady as she goes’ has always been the unofficial motto of this club, and I know that this is the correct route. We’re an established League 3 side now which would have been unthinkable not so long ago, and when we are ready to move up to League 2, we will. Until the, we’ll build for that day”.

Elsewhere in League III.9 there were opening day victories for Sparta Bragg who spoilt the flag unfurling at Vines Cross by winning 2-1, and EK Tuggers who saw off Kessler’s Eleven 3-1, while it was honours even as the new boys FC Auld Reekie and Sejers Sons fought out a 2-2 draw in Edinburgh.

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