Arthurlie boss George Fotheringham has urged his players to continue their hard work after picking up a 2-0 victory away to Petershill on Saturday.

It was Fotheringham’s first win as Lie boss since taking over the reigns at Dunterlie at the end of January.

Along with the rest of the new management team, he had been left frustrated as the woeful weather played havoc with the fixture list.

The new gaffer was technically in charge of the 3-0 defeat away to league leaders Darvel but had seen Lie’s two fixtures after that being postponed.

Travelling to Springburn on Saturday, a Peasy own goal on the hour mark put Arthurlie in the driving seat before Lee Roulton finished well from Dan McKay’s lay-off at the death to secure all three points and a first win for Fotheringham and assistant bosses Craig Palmer and Ryan McCardle.

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Fotheringham said: “Picking up that first win as Arthurlie boss was a great feeling.”

Fotheringham continued: “I’ve been waiting for that for more than a month now, which makes it all the more sweeter. I don’t really count the Darvel game, as I hadn’t met any of the players prior to that match, so after a few weeks of postponements and waiting, it was brilliant to get the win.

“I was actually very confident of getting the win before the match due to all the boys putting in so much hard work in training since we took over.

“Petershill are a good team and reached the quarter-finals of the Scottish Junior Cup, so we knew to expect a tough one.

“The attitude we’ve seen since taking over and the work ethic from all the boys made me confident we’d pick up that first win.

“We’ve had more training sessions than matches since taking over, so we’ve been able to work the boys really hard. Myself, Craig and Ryan have been impressed with every single player since we arrived.

“I think all the boys know they’re playing for their Arthurlie future, so that’s a big part of it. The feedback we’ve received is they’ve all been enjoying the training and they’re turning up in great numbers.

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“Their enthusiasm and commitment is paying off, as you can visibly see them becoming fitter and sharper as the weeks go by. It’s just a shame we didn’t get them earlier in the season when there was still something to play for.”

Looking to make it two wins on the bounce, Lie welcome Whitletts Victoria this weekend.

Fotheringham added: “I don’t know much about this Whitletts team, to be honest, but from my experience of playing against them at my previous clubs, they’re big, strong, physical and athletic. It won’t be easy but we’re hoping to build on that first win.”

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