Published: 15/03/2014 05:00 - Updated: 14/03/2014 12:46

Early starts for Elgin matchdays

Written byCraig Christie

LUNCHTIME training sessions on matchdays are helping Elgin City work on their weaknesses, boss Barry Wilson has revealed.

Elgin City boss Barry Wilson.
Elgin City boss Barry Wilson.

A depleted City team suffered a controversial loss at home to Peterhead on Saturday, before defying the odds to draw 1-1 at Stirling in midweek.

This weekend the Black and Whites host second-placed Annan, with manager Wilson ordering his squad to report to the Borough Briggs pitch at noon for an early preparation stint.

The City squad’s geographical split means Wilson can’t get everyone together for training during the week, a problem which has dogged the club throughout their time in the Scottish League.

His new pre-match Saturday stints began recently in an effort to solve that problem, and Wilson said working on free kicks and corners has already reaped reward with goals.

“Our equaliser on Tuesday night (scored by Craig Gunn) came from a setpiece again, which is something that I’m delighted with,” Barry said. “We’ve been working on our set-plays and I think that’s three or four now we’ve scored.

“That’s pleasing as a coach, that the players are reacting to what we’ve been giving them. We’ve been getting them in early and working on set-pieces on a Saturday and we look a threat now.

“They’ve been coming in at 12 o’clock and going out on the park. We get everyone together and spend maybe 30, 45 minutes just working on these things as a group. It’s better than saying ‘this is what we’ve done in training, you boys just have to do it’.”

Full story, plus Paul Kaczan on his Elgin City comeback in Northern Scot print edition.

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