IN THE DUGOUT – DALBEATTIE STAR - October 11th 2014
Iain King, Head Coach, BSC Glasgow brought to you in association with Sport Careers www.sportcareers.co.uk
WE are working and there is progress.
The journey we’re on with this BSC Glasgow Lowland League squad has only just started but for the guts of the first-half of our first home game together against champions Spartans that was how we want the team to play.
Chris McDougall put us ahead and the pressing, intensity and passing football we crave was there for all to see.
We didn’t have the fitness levels to sustain it, though, and Dougie Samuel’s side eventually made their class tell in their 4-1 win.
The boys were disappointed with the scoreline but I feel that they have bought in to the ethos myself, Craig Young and Ally Graham are looking to install here.
We’ve had a fortnight since then to keep working with the squad and today we’ll be boosted by the return to full fitness of both Grant Mosson and Ally Morgan on the left side.
On reflection it was going to be tough enough to tackle Spartans without the absence of three players on holiday, key defender Aaron Murdoch out crocked and others nursing injuries.
I was delighted, though, to see Paul Tierney show just why we brought him to the club with an excellent display in right midfield.
Paul stepped up from amateur football at EKYM when we were with East Kilbride last season and his progress since then has been great to watch.
He had spells on the bench at Kilby behind his new BSC clubmate Aaron who was the club’s Player of the Year at right-back and could easily have spat the dummy then.
Instead he gritted his teeth, worked even harder in training and when one of our stalwarts Kevin Wilson – whose dad Davie is now our BSC Kit Manager - was laid low by appendicitis Paul stepped in to be a mainstay in the team that won the Challenge Cup Final against today’s opponents Dalbeattie Star.
For me Paul is now an established Lowland League player, he is the type of dedicated guy I want to work with and I’m thrilled we have him.
Back in August today’s opponents beat BSC 5-1 in a harsh introduction to the Lowland League at Islecroft and we have to ensure Paul McGinley’s side have it much tougher today.
‘Skin’ is a coach I both admire and respect – we have come up against each other five times in personal duels with two wins apiece and one draw.
This is the start of a new chapter and I hope the improvement the boys are showing in training and the introduction of 18-year-old striker Aiden Ferris on loan from Morton can have a positive effect on us.
Craig and I are now finding our feet at a welcoming club and when you read this will have spent the morning taking in the BSC 2001s in action against Renfrew Vics.
We were appointed as the SYFA Scotland coaches at the age group in July and we’re hoping we’ll have seen some Broomhill Sporting Club talent capable of being elevated to national honours in that match.
This is an adventure for this football club and we’re only just at the outset but it’s important you see progress in the performance on the field today – we will do our utmost to ensure that happens.
Enjoy the game, BSC Family
IAIN KING, Head Coach