Football: Elgin City are back home with a bang

Elgin City Assistant boss Gavin Price said his side ‘thoroughly deserved’ their three points when they defeated joint league leaders Albion Rovers on Saturday.

The win lifted the Black ‘n Whites to sixth place on the verge of challenging for a playoff place thanks to goals from Dennis Wyness and Shane Sutherland.

Price praised his players on a good performance, saying: “I thought we thoroughly deserved the three points. Their was a bit of pressure on us the second half but as far as creating chances, we had three or four which were really good chances to kill the game.

“We defended excellently and deserved the win.”

Price was delighted with both City goals: “Shane (Sutherland) finished well with a breakaway and Dennis Wyness did what he’s done his entire career, he was predatory in the box. The goals will come if you create chances.”

City’s last home game was back in December and since then the Borough Briggs ground staff have struggled with a waterlogged pitch, postponing four home games.

Assistant Price was just delighted to continue the sides recent fine run of form on home soil: “Of course it feels good to be back at Borough Briggs. It’s been a long time coming and I was delighted to see a healthy support out there who will be pleased with what they’ve seen.

“We worked hard today and earned a good victory against one of the best teams in the league.”

Dismissing talk of targets, Jim Weir’s assistant says his team are taking things game by game: “For us, it’s one step at a time. We got off the bottom last week and the aim now is to look to the next game.

“Next week is massive for us. We’ll pat ourselves on the back after today but when we go back to training on Tuesday, we’ll be focusing on East Stirling.”

Elgin had started the game the brighter of the two sides with Dennis Wyness getting on the end of an Archie MacPhee cross, only to see header saved comfortably. It was, however, the veteran striker who gave city the lead just before half time.

The Albion defence couldn’t deal with another MacPhee cross and the ball eventually fell to Wyness who took his chance well.

The Black ‘n Whites then had a penalty in the second half when Craig Gunn was brought down but MacPhee couldn’t capitalise from the spot.

Then, with Albion searching for an equaliser, City struck the killer blow late on when loanee Craig Thomson played through substitute Shane Sutherland – who promptly rounded Neil Parry for a simple finish.

City, who just a few week ago were rooted at the foot of SPFL League 2, have now moved three places in the table and find themselves just six points outside the play-off places with games in hand over most of their rivals.

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