October football roundup: Penker inspires uni to strong league start

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Stirling University made a great start to their Lowland League campaign in October with victories over Cumbernauld Colts, Spartans and Vale of Leithen.

An impressive draw against Bonnyrigg Rose also surprised a few neutrals and saw The Students move up to seventh in the league.

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Two defeats, against East Kilbride and Civil Service Strollers, are the only blackmarks in what has been a great start to the season.

Head coach Chris Geddes said: “We’re confident at the moment, the boys are playing well and scoring goals. The goal against Bonnyrigg was the first that they [Bonnyrigg] had conceded all season, so that gives us confidence that we can take on anyone.

“We want to get some more points on the board so we will continue to work hard in training and hopefully we can play better than we did against Civil Service and look to get some points in the upcoming games against Dalbeattie and Berwick.”

Chris Geddes’ side have been in top form this season (Credit: George Vekic)

One man who has been on form for Stirling is striker Jamie Penker who has scored five goals in six league outings, including two goals against Vale of Leithen, putting him amongst the top goal scorers in the Lowland League.

Speaking to Brig Sport reporter Graham Fleming, Jamie said: “I’m really happy to be scoring goals, it’s great to get a good start, but it’s not just down to me, it’s the whole team that is putting in a good effort and setting up chances for me to take.

“I try not to set goal-scoring targets for myself because if I don’t achieve them then it really works me up, so I’ll just keep trying to score goals, keep playing well and doing my best for the team.”

Chris Geddes’ side face Dalbeattie Star at Forthbank on Saturday November 7 as they look to exercise the demons of the Civil Service defeat.

Elsewhere, Stirling University Women’s Football Club sit second bottom of the Scottish Women’s Premier League Two after three straight defeats against Glasgow Women, St Johnstone and Dundee United.

They will be buoyed by a decent performance against United however, having scored through Shana MacPhail’s long-range effort, as well as looking promising on the break.

Seventh-placed Kilmarnock lie in waiting as the uni aim to secure their first points of the SWPL 2 season on Wednesday November 4.

All Images: George Vekic

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