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Belief is the key component for City

By Chris Saunderson

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BELIEF is the key component as Elgin City look to drive home their positive start to the season with a third straight home win against East Stirling on Saturday.

Manager Ross Jack said: "The players have got a belief that they should be up there challenging in the top half of the league.

"Our aim is to be up there and to do that we need to make Borough Briggs a really difficult place for teams to come and get in their faces."

Ross Jack is looking to make Borough Briggs a fortress
Ross Jack is looking to make Borough Briggs a fortress

Jack doesn’t mean that in an aggressive manner, rather by the style of high tempo football that will not allow teams to settle.

With two wins from their first three games, City have given themselves a magnificent platform form which to push on.

"I looked at the first four fixtures and, without being disrespectful to anyone, I thought we were capable of getting four wins."

Leaving aside the disappointment of defeat at Montrose, Jack admitted three points at home to East Stirling on Saturday would still represent a terrific start to the season.

Despite the visitors being bottom of the league at this early stage in the season, Jack knows they will be difficult opponents.

"They beat Montrose and pushed Peterhead all the way. They were unlucky to go down at Berwick. I wouldn’t read too much into the league table right now and we will give them every respect."

"We are far from the finished article and we are still in a building process."

Looking ahead to East Stirling, Jack will still be without young midfielder Brian Cameron who, after a flying start to the campaign, has succumbed to an Achilles’ injury that had been troubling him in pre-season.

"He has missed the last two games and has been getting intensive treatment."

Cameron could return for the game at Peterhead on September 10.

Everybody else should be fit and available, including striker Stuart Leslie, who is currently at the police training college at Tulliallan in Kincardine .

"I have managed to get him training facilities with Stenhousemuir who are managed by my good friend Davie Irons," said Jack.

The fans have played their part in City’s start to the season and another healthy crowd of just under 600 for the game last weekend was another step in the right direction.

Read the full interview in 'The Northern Scot'

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