Albion Rovers squad will be stretched for key games in busy schedule

Brian Reid says his entire Albion Rovers squad will be needed to weather a difficult period of matches ahead.

Wee Rovers did not play on Saturday due to Kelty Hearts’ Scottish Cup draw at St Mirren and now a build-up of League Two fixtures has occurred.

Reid’s men will play an eight-match series between February 15 and March 19, starting with a trip to Edinburgh tonight, followed by Stirling Albion at Forthbank on Saturday.

Albion Rovers are ninth in the division and their boss reckons a few wins could see them target the top half of the table.

Defeats, however, could see them looking over their shoulder at basement club Cowdenbeath, who are six points adrift.

Reid, whose side won 4-0 on their last trip to Edinburgh, said: “We will have to use the whole squad. We don’t have a lot of choice, but the players have dug. It was difficult for some players as they had to play week in and week out, even though they struggled.

“Hopefully with a few additions we can use the whole squad and bring some freshness. Moving games from Saturday to Wednesday can have adverse consequences.

Albion Rovers beat Edinburgh City 4-0 on their last visit to Ainslie Park

“The players have to be ready to go and do a job because we have to start winning games. It’s so tight right now that if we win a few, we’re in the game.

“If we lose a couple, we’re pulled the other way. It’s a pivotal moment in the season for us. We have to go back to what we were doing on our good run.

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“At the moment we’re not scoring enough and losing bad goals. We’re not having much luck at the moment either. The Cowdenbeath game, for example, we had a penalty against us for little or nothing.

“They’re not helping your cause, so maybe we’re just a bit lucky. If we then start taking a chance and defending properly, hopefully we’ll start looking up.

Last season’s lower league break due to Covid meant the Cliftonhill side had to play a grueling series of games every few days in the second half of the term.

It’s something that will stand Rovers in good stead for this testing period and Reid hopes his side will have enough to get through things.

Reid added: “This race is not something we are not used to because we had a race like this last season.

“That’s how it is. Sometimes it can be good to have game after game because we can hopefully get results from it.

“So we’ll just need to see how we do.”

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