‘Support your local team’: Wishaw boss issues rallying call to community


Wishaw boss David Dunn has urged the community to back them as they try to climb the West of Scotland League Conference C table.

Dunn says Wishaw face a tough run of games in the near future, and could use all the backing they can get.

Wishaw were left cooling their heels on Saturday as their clash at home to Ardrossan Winton Rovers was wiped out by torrential rain, and Dunn is already looking ahead to their visit to Glasgow Perthshire this weekend.

After that they have a crunch tie at Cambuslang Rangers in the West of Scotland League cup, and Dunn hopes to get more people through the gates.

Dunn said: “We’ve got a tough finish, we have the top three teams in the last three home games, the way it works out.

“We’ve got Petershill, Neilston and Drumchapel all in the last three, and these are the games you want to play in, because they’ll all have stuff to play for.

“Hopefully that attracts bigger crowds to Wishaw, because we’re crying out for fans.

“Every little helps – we’re a small community club and we’re trying our best to get to the next level, but we need help.”

Dunn says Wishaw did everything they could to get the Ardrossan game on but there will be a chance to fit some fixtures in at the end-up if they need to be.

While he says there are some big games coming up, he’s focused on Glasgow Perthshire on Saturday.

He said: “It was wild [last Saturday]. We’re doing very well and have a lot of momentum, so we were trying our best to get it on, but there were a lot of games off and it wasn’t to be.

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Boss David Dunn says Wishaw are 'trying to get to the next level, but we need help'
Boss David Dunn says Wishaw are ‘trying to get to the next level, but we need help’

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“I think there are a couple of free weeks at the end of the season. We have the cup game against Cambuslang on February 19, when we were meant to be playing Yoker, so we’ll need to fit that one, and Ardrossan, in.

“We kind of knew this would happen with games being off, so there’s a wee bit of leeway at the end of the season.”

Dunn added: “It will be another tough game. [on Saturday]. We’ve picked up in the last four games, including the cup, and have really shot up the league again, but it’s massively important that you start these games right.

“I continue to say to the boys that the first goal is crucial in these games, get yourself out on the front foot, try and get the early goal, and to be fair we’ve done that recently.

“That’s probably one of the main reason the results have picked up.”

Dunn, who is yet to play a game at Beltane Park since his appointment, has helped lift the team up the table and hopes that continues.

He added: “When I came in we were sliding down the table and didn’t want to get into that bottom section when the conferences split.

“St Anthony’s won on Friday night so they go four points in front of us in fifth – we’re joint-sixth – but we have four games on St Anthony’s.

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“But it’s the old cliché of taking it one game at a time, I’m not looking any further than Glasgow Perthshire.

“The following week we’ve got a huge game for the club down at Cambuslang in the cup, so that’s a good one and everybody will want to play in that, so they need to do well.

“That will be a hard ask, but those are the games you want to play in, the games you should enjoy as a club, and that’s where we’re all striving to be.”

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