The best is yet to come

Danny Denholm celebrates after opening the scoring against Raith Rovers.

Danny Denholm celebrates after opening the scoring against Raith Rovers.

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Forfar Athletic winger Danny Denholm was gutted to see his side knocked out of the Scottish League Cup by Raith Rovers on Saturday.

Denholm scored both of Forfar’s goals in the 4-2 extra-time defeat at Stark’s Park and almost grabbed his hat-trick at 3-2 down, an opportunity Danny was bitterly disappointed to see go begging.

But the former Livingston player believes the side’s performance is a great omen for the League One 
season ahead.

He said: “The result’s not the best. Coming in as underdogs and getting to extra time, you feel like you’ve got momentum but it wasn’t the best.

“It’s always good to get a couple of goals but at the end of the day it’s better when you’re on the winning side.

“We’ve got a good crack at it I think. Dunfermline will be favourites, Morton as well. But you’ve got players like Dale Hilson, Gavin Swankie, Derek Young, Stephen Husband - these are all good players. “When the fitness gets up, Husband for example came in late, it’ll be a good season for us.

“The playoffs is the minimum for us. It’s difficult with Dunfermline in the league, we have to be realistic but we’ll see how it goes.

“The manager wasn’t happy [with the missed opportunity], I’ve just snatched at it and I’m disappointed with that.”

Danny was keen to praise Raith striker Calum Elliot, who also netted a brace, describing Elliot’s second goal - Raith’s third - as a “great hit.”

He added: “It’s a great hit [Calum Elliot’s second, Raith’s third], it’s came to him and he’s hit it clean. But it’s poor defending, it’s slack, we need to close the boy down. It’s a great hit but it’s disappointing to go out like that.

Denholm, who scored nine goals for Forfar in 28 appearances in his last spell at Station Park, has now already surpassed his record at Livingston last year - where he managed one goal in 10 games as he found his opportunities limited.

Since his return to Forfar Danny has picked up right where he kicked off for Dick Campbell’s side and looks as comfortable as ever playing alongside Gavin Swankie, Dale Hilson and Chris Templeman.

Meanwhile, supporters who would still like to purchase a season ticket will have a couple of opportunities to do so prior to next Saturday’s home game with title favourites DunfermlineForfar Athletic supporters who would still wish to purchase a season ticket will have a couple of opportunities prior to the opening home league fixture of the campaign, a mouth watering visit from title favourites Dunfermline Athletic on Saturday August 16th.

Tickets will be on sale from the Secretary’s office at Station Park on Thursday, August 14 from 6.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. and on Saturday, August 16 from 9.30 a.m. to 10.30 a.m.

Prices are as follows: stand – adults £200, 65 and over £100, under 17s £70, under 12s £30; ground – adults £190, 65 and over £95, under 17s £70, under 12s £30.