One of three matches highlighted by PureFitbaw’s Gavin and Owen in their latest podcast episode was a top-of-the-table clash between two promotion rivals in Scotland’s third tier, Raith Rovers and Falkirk.
Pure Fitbaw caught up with Raith Rovers playmaker Regan Hendry to discuss the Fifers’ start to the season.
A start which sees them top the table from nine matches, three points ahead of their visitors last Saturday, following a 2-2 draw in which his side came back from two goals down.
“I think everyone expected Falkirk to breeze the league this year because of the signings they’ve made and the stature of their club but the same can be said for us at Raith,” revealed Hendry.
“For the last three seasons we’ve been expected to be promoted so it shows you how hard the league is and they’re finding that out now. The start we’ve made isn’t a surprise for us because of the signings we’ve made.”
And the proof is in the pudding for John McGlynn’s side. His most recent capture saw winger Daniel Armstrong rejoin the club and Hendry believes the transfer has given everyone connected with Rovers a massive lift.
“The boys were surprised he was back because we hadn’t heard from him in a while but he showed on Saturday what he’s all about,” His stunning free-kick proved the equaliser for Rovers after Michael Miller had pulled one back just after the hour mark.
“The signings made this season, on top of the squad that was here before, has a strong chance of doing something very good this year.”
Of course it’s early days but it’s fair to say there’s been few disappointments for the Fifers so far. The former Celtic youth was quick to point out that the weekend’s clash with Falkirk has proved that there’s been lows as well as obvious highs even so early on.
“Stranraer away where we were 2-1 up into the last 10 minutes of the game, then to lose 3-2 was very disappointing, ” conceded the 21-year-old.
“And on Saturday there as well, where first half we probably played the worst we have all season which let them into the game.”
It would’ve been easy for Rovers to crumble whilst two goals down to a side they’re expected to be in the promotion hunt with. But the youngster was impressed with he and his teammates’ characteristics which enabled them to get back into the game.
“We could’ve collapsed and lost that game by a few more but to have the second half we did speaks volumes of the changing room. If we had an extra five minutes in the game I reckon we would’ve won it.”