Forfar Athletic gaffer Dick Campbell was chuffed to get the chance to give his fringe players some much-needed game time in last week’s game with Brechin City.
Gavin Malin, James Dale, Craig Smith and several others were on from the start against the Loons’ local rivals in a game they deservedly won 2-1, writes Scott Binnie.
There was also a debut for new boy Jim Paterson, the 32-year-old former Bristol Rovers man, a signing that now looks even more valuable after Andrew Steeves suffered a hamstring tear that could keep him out of action for several months.
Campbell said: “I’ve had eight players not playing, including Foxy, who would enhance anybody’s team.
“I’m very happy that we’ve had a chance to get games into Jim Paterson, Stephen Husband, James Dale, Gavin Malin - people of that sort. Resting my senior players, Dods, Malcolm, Douglas, Swankie, Young and all that got a rest. So I thought it was a worthwhile exercise and it’s a cup tie against your local rivals.
“Steeves looks like a bad one, he could be out for a fair while - it’s a shame for the lad. It’s a good job we signed Jim Paterson because that’s Aaron James and Andrew Steeves, both of them are out. James won’t play again for another 10 days, Chris Templeman’s another 10 days. He might be okay for a week Saturday for the bench.
“It was a game played in good spirit by both teams. I thought Brechin probably edged it in the second half, we were well on top in the first half. I thought Craig Smith did really well until he got injured. He was really exciting in the first half, he could have scored a few and he scored one with the sort of ricochet.
“Husband’s goal was excellent, his performance was - he looks like he’s going to be a really good player for us. I’m glad to have got that game into him but I’ll give him a rest now.”
There will be another chance for Dick to get his players some minutes on Tuesday evening in the U20 Development League game with Raith Rovers before the senior side host Peterhead in League One duty on Saturday.
The manager continued: “We’ve got a game here on Tuesday night against Raith Rovers and I’ll play a few of them.
“We’re looking forward to next week’s game, I’ll be going up to Peterhead on Saturday. I don’t worry about other teams, I just worry about my players and making sure they’re up to it.”