Alan Paterson hailed East Kilbride Thistle’s spirit after they rallied against St Roch’s in their West of Scotland League Conference C clash, while up against some pretty big odds.

The Glasgow side were 3-0 up and cruising within 20 minutes against a side that lost manager Iain Diack to Premier Division club Rossvale in midweek, and asked Paterson to bring his under-21 side from East Kilbride to help out.

Several of the players only met each other during the warm-up, and Paterson was pleased that they fought back to score twice in the second half through Adam Edgar and Paul Smith as they lost 4-2.

Paterson has been asked to stay on for the visit to Vale of Leven tonight (Wednesday) and talks will then be held over the future on Thursday, but he expects to take the job.

He said: “The club spoke to me on Thursday night, myself, Russell Craig, Johnny Lennox and Colin Hutchinson, who were all the EKFC Under-21 managers.

“They didn’t have anything in place for Saturday, because Iain had left but the club hadn’t accepted his resignation, and would we be able to come in and help them out on Saturday.

“The club have asked us if we’ll stay on, take the game on Wednesday and there will be talks on Thursday regarding where the future lies.”

On the game, Paterson said: “There were only five signed players available for Saturday, so we had to play more or less our whole under-21s team.

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“A lot of the players just met each other in the warm-up, and in the first 18 minutes we were 3-0 down.

“We settled down after that, but missed two great chances and could have gone in 3-2 down.

“For the first 20 minutes St Roch’s just played about with us – they were far sharper, better and everything.

“But we scored just after the interval and had St Roch’s on the ropes and if you look at it that way we won the second half 2-1.

“Did St Roch’s take their foot off the pedal? I don’t know, I just thought our boys settled in.

“We can’t be too critical, because half of them didn’t even know each other’s names and St Roch’s are a seasoned team.

“I was glad of the way we fought back.”

Thistle ‘host’ Ardrossan Winton Rovers at Blantyre Vics on Saturday.

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