Juniors will fend off Mark’s admirers

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FALKIRK Juniors’ injury woes are easing but their selection problems could increase with teams circling around hot-shot striker Mark Pagliarulo.

The striker has hit 17 goals in as many matches and attracted interest from a host of clubs - but manager Terry Aikman insists he’s happy where he is.

“There’s been interest in Mark,” the Falkirk Juniors boss told The Falkirk Herald, “but he’s told us he’s happy where he is and that is great.

“Interest obviously comes off the back of Mark’s form and his goalscoring feats.

“He is our captain and his record is excellent. But so is his work-rate and he is reaping the rewards.”

Last week, Aikman saw half a dozen of his players nursing niggles or injuries, but after resting several he feels confident of picking from a squad that’s almost at full strength.

“Only one player is out long-term, and we rested a few players for the Harthill game and that seems to have done the trick.

Aikman thinks Rosyth are also lower in the league than they ought to be: “They’ve a new manager since the start of the season and have improved their squad.”

The Juniors’ match has been rescheduled, and relocated after their previous Fife and Lothians tie was rained off in Fife.

Camelon face Fife opposition in the Emirates Scottish Cup next week but first look to extend their good run of form.

Danny Smith says that’s down to team spirit and not his own tactical nous.

The Mariners boss hopes his side takes the confidence gained from last weekend’s win away to Bonnyrigg against Carnoustie.

He said: “The last few weeks have been very good and the whole squad has been working hard and pulling in the one direction. We haven’t won anything yet though and our feet are firmly on the ground.

“I don’t really look into formations. We had to change things because of the different personnel and options we’ve got with guys deserving their chance to be in the team.

“At the end of the day it’s 11 against 11 and who wants to win it more will win the game.”

Smith was without Gary Brass, on loan from Stirling Albion, last weekend after he collapsed at home due to an illness. Smith said he is making a recovery, but will be out of contention for a couple more weeks.

Cup fever has taken over at Dunipace after Richard Gough paired the club with Irvine Meadow in the Emirates Scottish Junior Cup.

However, Kevin McKinlay is more concerned with Saturday’s game at Neilston and has Barry Rodger out with an ankle knock