Williams excited to learn from knowledge of new gaffer

Photo by Graham Black
Photo by Graham Black

He’s only been in the job a week but Mark Williams is already learning a great deal from new manager Dick Campbell.

The Alloa Athletic-loanee was in fine form as he helped Arbroath to a 3-0 win over East Stirling on Saturday, extending the gap between the Lichties and the Shire to eight points.

Williams, whose versatility will be very attractive to Campbell, said the new boss has fostered a fun environment for the players that is rich in knowledge.

He said: “The gaffer’s brought a good atmosphere to the club and the team talks are very interesting. They get the boys going and it’s a fun environment to be a part of.

“The guy’s been around the game for a long time so for myself as a young player it’s great to gain that kind of knowledge. It’s only going to help me improve and I’m learning a lot from him already, so I’m looking forward to the next few weeks.”

Mark believes Saturday’s win was a crucial one but one the Lichties knew they were capable of.

And he says there’s no reason the club can’t target the promotion play-offs if they can put together a good run of results.

He added: “ I think the team needed it coming into the game. We needed that victory and we knew we could beat them, and the lads did that. I thought they were brilliant.

“At 1-0 the game’s a bit cagey so it was good to get the second, then the third killed it and it’s a good feeling scoring it.

“I think we’ve definitely got to be looking at pulling up the table, you’ve got to have that aim. “There’s no point in not setting goals and I think the team’s more than capable of reaching the play-offs. We just need to get that run of wins together. We’re more than capable of doing that if we perform like this.”