Dad’s the word for delighted Baxter

Pic credit Robert Dalzell.
Pic credit Robert Dalzell.

New dad Mark Baxter was thrilled to get 90 minutes under his belt after one of the busier weeks the full back will enjoy this season.

Baxter was substituted at half time of last weekend’s 3-1

win over Brechin City so he could rush to Ninewells Hospital for the birth of his son Harris.

And Mark admitted it has been an exciting week after that new arrival, with a last minute Gavin Swankie goal at Airdrieonians ensuring Forfar Athletic remain top of the table.

He said: “It sure has been an exciting week for me. It’s been busy, busy with the wee one and my wee lass so it’s good to get back to a full 90 minutes and a win.

“I’d left my phone with

the tea lady Linda expecting the call could come. Linda got a phone call just at half time and it was just as well I went because I only made

it by 17 minutes.

“It was all done by the time I got there, I just turned up - I was trying to get Match of the Day on. Everything went well.”

Forfar were 1-0 down at the break on Saturday after a poor performance in the first 45 minutes.

But the Loons were energised by a blistering half time team talk from manager Dick Campbell and Baxter said it was just what the doctor ordered.

He continued: “Dick was kind of on form at half time but we needed it. They did really well first half then second half, then we’ve got goals at great times.

“We scored one leaving us 30 minutes to get another one.

“Hopefully we stay at the top. I think there’s a mentality just now, I think the overall squad has got great experience.

“You’ve got your old fogies like Rab Douglas and Darren Dods, they all do a job for us.

“For his age, Rab is some unit, he’s some goalie. You saw the save, if I saw that running out at me I’d probably miss as well.

“We feel like we can always score, we’ve got pace and we’ve got Swankie and Hilson.

“It’s good picking up that away win. It was a sticky one at Stirling, even at Ayr we probably didn’t deserve to get beat 2-0 but we did.”