Lowland League | Henderson looking to get in the frame for goals at Gretna

Posted on Friday, November 4th, 2022

Spartans make the trip down the M74 to Dumfriesshire on Saturday where they face Gretna FC 2008 in the latest adventures in the Lowland League.

Both teams were in action midweek, with Dougie Samuel’s side recording a 3-2 win at home against Berwick Rangers whilst hosts Gretna left Broadwood 24 hours later with a point following a 2-2 draw against OG Broomhill.

Tuesday night’s five goal thriller against Berwick saw Spartans make it six games unbeaten on the bounce in the league.  Blair Henderson bagged a brace from the penalty spot to guide the team to the win however he knows that Saturday’s will be yet another difficult encounter against a somewhat rejuvenated Gretna side.

Speaking ahead of the 200 mile round trip, Henderson said, “It’ll be a tough game for sure.  Gretna have been going well and are a completely different team from last season.  It’s a big game for us – and for them – but hopefully we’ll come out on top.”

The striker has netted a brace and hat-trick in the last two outings against Saturday’s opponents whilst Spartans have won 14 out of the sixteen Lowland League encounters against the Raydale Park outfit.

Henderson remains level headed and knows that whilst the stats sound good on paper, it’s what happens on the park in the next game that really counts.

“I don’t think we can read too much into what’s happened last year or beyond that too, especially with Gretna who have changed a lot in terms of personnel since we last played them.  

“This league is unpredictable.  Gretna were on a good run not so long ago and we currently see ourselves with the momentum behind us. These things can change quickly and hopefully we’re on the right end of the result come Saturday night.”

The hit-man however has netted in four of the clubs last six outings and is hot on the heels of Jamie Dishington at the top of the Club’s leaderboard in the league, with just four goals separating the two players. 

Will Henderson add to his tally of 38 and narrow that gap even further? 

“We’ll see.  It won’t be long until that lead’s gone anyway!  Dish knows as well as me that I’m coming for him so it’ll be fine. 

“At the end of the day though it’s about winning games and getting the three points.  Naturally I’d rather it was me who scored the goals, but we’re on a good run and we just have to keep it going and we’ve a good squad who have already shown we can share the goalscoring amongst us. 

“It’s a tough league and as you can see from the table, there’s so many clubs who are on and around the same number of points we need to win the game.”

Kick-off at Raydale Park is at 3.00pm.

Next Fixture

Date: Saturday 13th April
Opponent: Stranraer FC
Venue:Ainslie Park
Competition: SPFL 2
Kick off: 3.00pm

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