An astonishing strike from Stephen Husband gave Forfar Athletic a deserved 1-0 win over Dunfermline Athletic on Saturday.
The midfielder paid tribute to U20 player Jack Syme, who passed away two weeks ago, after the goal by making a high five gesture towards the sky, in recognition of the remarkable memorial Twitter hashtag in honour of Jack.
Husband’s 35-yard strike was more than worthy of earning Forfar victory in a game that the ex-Pars player said was a “must-win” encounter.
The midfielder said: “This was a must-win game, but I think the way the league is going, every game is a must-win. I know that’s a bit of a cliche but you see teams picking up points everywhere.
“I’m sure the league is going to go right to the end. There’s still 33 points to play for. It’s massive, we’ve got games with Stranraer and Morton again.
“It’ll chop and change again and hopefully it’ll go in our favour. With performances like that we’ll get the results.”
The victory over Husband’s previous club Dunfermline follows a disappointing 3-1 defeat to Airdrieonians a week previously.
Stephen said it was essential that the players bounced back from that gutting result and said the two games were like night and day.
He continued: “We haven’t been playing the best, I think everybody can see that. We badly let ourselves down at Airdrie, we never gave a good account of ourselves so it was important that we bounced back and we did. I think that if you look at this game, it’s night and day and that’s what we’re capable of.
“We started well and that’s what we’ve got to do. It’s another clean sheet and a home win, I think we’ve only lost two games here all season. We’re very strong here and we need to maintain that until the end of the season.
“Both sides tried to play football. Obviously both sides badly needed three points for different reasons and it all comes in the heat of the moment.
“These games can be a bit scrappy sometimes because of the pressure on both sides but I thought there was some good football played.
“I think we’ve created a lot of chances, particularly second half, and I think with a tiny bit more quality in the final third and we’d have scored one or two more. “
Husband’s 57th minute strike was just his second goal of the season, and he said that they don’t come much better than the remarkable effort that had everyone inside Station Park on their feet.
He said: “The first half I had one roll back to me, usually I shoot from there but I don’t know what I’ve done. I tried to take on three players and I lost the ball.
“I got it in my head at half time that the first chance I got, I needed to have a shot on goal.
“Then the first chance I got, the sun was in Scully’s eyes, I just thought I’d have a go.
“They don’t get much better than that.”
The Loons surrendered possession to their opponents for the latter stages of the game but put in a terrific defensive display.
Stephen praised the full team for their defensive display, saying it’s important that Forfar continue to defend from the front.
He added: “We can’t just leave it to the back four, we need to drop back and help out but I think we showed a lot of resilience. I think before you get to play in this league, you have to defend first and you need to earn the right. We defended well right from the back to the front and that’s why we’ve got the result in the end.”
Next up for Forfar is a trip to face Ayr United and Husband said the side need to get some momentum together.
He said: “We’ll take confidence into next week from this game, we’ll just go into it with the same mentality and the same organisation. It’s key to get some momentum going.”