Dale not fazed by replacing key man

Pic credit Christopher Coutts.
Pic credit Christopher Coutts.

Midfielder James Dale knows he has his work cut out for him after stepping up to replace the injured Derek Young in Forfar Athletic’s engine room.

The 19-year-old made his third start of the campaign in the Loons’ 3-0 win over Stenhousemuir after it was confirmed Young will be out for at least six weeks through injury.

Dale was a key performer in the comfortable victory and he believes no team will relish visiting Station Park, with Forfar winning all five of their home games so far this season.

He said: “It’s going to be hard for teams to come here on the astroturf, it’s a big pitch that suits the way we play with the wingers and the strikers - the movement is just superb. It’s going to be hard for anyone to come here. You wouldn’t want to play against all of them, the movement, the speed, the directness - it’s frightening. It’s great to play behind, those boys have all done so well and we just hope it will continue.

“I’m looking forward to coming in for Derek, it’s going to be six weeks he’s out for. It’s a very big miss but I hope I can keep doing what he’s been doing and just do well for the team. Obviously Derek is a big, big player and you just want to learn from someone like him. His experience is so key for the whole team.”

James was thrilled with the victory on Saturday but wasted no time in setting his sights on this weekend’s huge game at Dunfermline Athletic, with the two early pacesetters set for what will surely be an explosive contest.

He added: “ We’re pleased with that, it’s a big win for us keeping us at the top of the league. The boys did well so overall it’s a good win.

“It’s a very big game next week, it’s a big title shot, if we win we’re four points clear so it’s very important. We beat them here so there’s no reason we shouldn’t go and give them a game.”