Uk news East Kilbride still to hit top gear, says boss Stevie Aitken MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - Kilby are riding high in the Lowland League after three games.
Breaking News ! East Kilbride boss Stevie Aitken says his side have still to hit top form in the Lowland League as they head into a tough away trip to Berwick Rangers on Saturday. The summit is incredibly tight, with Kilby, Bo'ness, Bonnyrigg Rose and East Stirlingshire all on maximum nine points, and that previous trio have an identical goal-difference of +9; Aitken's men are top because they've scored a goal more than Bo'ness. Kilby continued their free-scoring form with a 3-0 win over Gala Fairydean Rovers at K-Park, courtesy of a Craig Malcolm double and a strike by Ricky Miller, and Aitken was pleased with that, but says there's still a lot of work to do. The gaffer pointed out that he's trying to gel 11 new players, having added Tom Leighton on loan from Cove Rangers late last week. Aitken said: "It has been a positive start, that's all we can look at. It has been three difficult games, especially with a lot of new players coming into the squad. and another made his debut yesterday. Read More Related Articles Thorniewood target West of Scotland League title, despite no promotion "I'm delighted with how we've started, but we're not getting carried away, there's a long way to go and tough games ahead, but all we can do is look at the last week and that's nine points out of nine, so that's just a good start. "I think there is a lot more to come; there was another player making his debut yesterday in Tom Leighton and I think last Saturday there were nine new players, so it's difficult to get that to gel as quickly as possible. "Teams who were in the league last season probably have the nucleus of their whole squad so they might be gelling a lot quicker than us, but we're working really hard, there's a lot to improve on, we know that, and we will keep working until we try to get that. "That said, it has been a good week for us, and hopefully there are more good weeks to come." Kyle Hutton (left) and Conor Brennan are just two of the players that Aitken has brought in this summer (Image: UGC) Aitken has been pleased with the goals his side have racked up so far, but says that's why he amassed the squad he did.
. "We have guys like Kyle Wilkie, Paul Woods, Chris Erskine, Craig Malcolm, Darren Smith and Daryl Healy, and I'm delighted to see them off the mark. "Chris Erskine probably deserves a goal because of the way he has been playing, but we will create chances and we will score goals, and that has been proven this week."
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Aitken has also been pleased with the strength of Kilby's home form, but says any ideas that a Lowland League side will go through the campaign undefeated are likely to be wide of the mark. "This is my first year in Lowland League so this is new to me," he said. "I'm trying to get my homework done and to see what every team does. I thought again yesterday there were a lot of good players in the opposition side, they caused us problems at times, and in every game we've played this week we've seen there is a lot of ability in the league, so there will be a lot of points dropped. "If anybody's thinking of going through this league without dropping points they will have been misled because from what I've seen so far there are teams that will cause problems. "This is all new for me, and the players as well, but I think we've handled it well and have taken to it well. "In any league campaign you have to be strong at home which we've shown over the last two, but you also have to be strong away from home and picking up points, so that's what we'll try and do.
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"We look forward to the challenge, we'll hopefully get a good week's training behind us, and we'll have to be at our best to travel down to Berwick and try to get some points."
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