Ross County Reserves got their two-match tour of Aberdeenshire off to a winning start this afternoon. Coming from 1-0 down to win 2-1, it was an ideal way to build confidence against a strong Formartine side managed by ex-Staggie Paul Lawson.
Reserve Team Manager, Richie Brittain said “It was an excellent work out for the players. I think given the quality of opposition it makes it even more pleasing. There was a period of adjustment at the start of the game where we had to adapt a little bit but their attitude over the 90 minutes was excellent.”
Richie was also keen to express just how strong a team their opposition were, with ex-Staggies and experienced Scottish League campaigners in the ranks. “I said it before we came down that you want to test yourself against quality players and that is what they have done today. Guys like Archie (McPhee), Craig (McKeown) and Gary (McGowan) are all experienced guys that know the game well and our boys stood up to that and didn’t hide away from it. Again, to bring it to everybody’s attention this Formartine Team is going to be challenging for the League Championship this season and Paul (Lawson) has them playing some really nice football so this wasn’t a nice day out it was a great challenge and test of character for our lads.”
Finally, it was the perfect platform to showcase how well the young Staggies in particular are developing. Richie said, “You can see their hunger and their mindset coming through now. Everyday they are at the club they are learning and growing. Boys like James Wallace, Joel MacBeath, Tom Kelly, they come out with a bit between their teeth and they hate to lose. If you want to be a Premier League player that is the kind of mindset you need to have.”
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