IN THE DUGOUT | April 10th | SIX weeks to shape a season...
By IAIN KING, Head Coach, BSC Lowland League brought to you in association with Sport Careers
... and make a slice of history. That’s how everyone inside the BSC Glasgow camp should be thinking now as the SFA Challenge Cup Final with Civil Service Strollers beckons on Saturday May 23.
Every training session, every time they are on the park, it’s all vital now to being one of the 11 names inked in as starters on that teamsheet.
That’s the message that will be drummed home to our players and it begins on Saturday as we take the long trip to Castle Douglas to face the league’s backmarkers Threave Rovers.
That intro to this blog isn’t overstating it, I said to the East Kilbride players last season that they were a part of something truly special in the first season of a new senior club.
In the years to come the pictures of that triumph should be cherished at K Park and it would be the same at Lochburn should this BSC squad triumph.
This time round we have a distinct advantage over that Kilby side who finished their competitive action a month before the Palmerston showpiece against Dalbeattie Star.
Craig Young and I had to construct what was almost a mini pre-season before that Final, four weeks of preparation for one key game.
Friendlies, a gradual building up of the training programme, all geared to one never to be forgotten afternoon in Dumfries.
This time? We have competitive and important games coming thick and fast and I for one far prefer that.
We’ve just come through four and a half hours of action against the Scottish Sun Lowland League champions Edinburgh City and only conceded a hugely unlucky Gerry O’Connell own goal in the three games.
The players can be proud of that against a side who, remember, were unbeaten on their charge to that title.
We were boiling with frustration in that 1-0 league defeat but that was channelled the correct way, into the positive energy of Game Two that sparked the stunning 5-0 SFA Challenge Cup semi-final win.
The third match of the series was about different qualities on Wednesday with two certain starters, Tony Wallace and Aaron Murdoch, sidelined.
We dug deep, in all honesty for a 20 minute spell we clung on by our fingertips and then we came back strongly to so nearly nick it again through David Cameron in the dying moments.
After that 0-0 draw that means our Scottish Sun Plus Lowland League Cup fate is in our own hands I feel we have served notice on our rivals.
They know now that BSC Glasgow can be a force to be reckoned with but the minute we forget the pillars this has been built on it can crumble on us.
The intensity, the focus, the desire and the effort has to be there, we can’t leave a shred of effort out there.
It starts against Threave Rovers and the second we spot anyone switching off because they feel there are bigger obstacles to come in the League Cup crunch with Whitehill Welfare or elsewhere they will hear about it from the bench.
We have come a long way as a team yet we can’t settle for that.
We’ve got a chance to make our own little bit of history for BSC Glasgow.
For six weeks when they are away from work and their families that’s all I want them to think about.
Every second counts, every minute matters, treat it like that and we can achieve something special.