Renfrew boss Colin Clark hopes his team’s stunning cup win over Bonnyrigg Rose can spark them into life in the league.
Despite going into their Soccershop Challenge Cup clash with the Lowland League side as massive underdogs, ‘Frew upset the odds and ran out 3-0 winners at New Western Park.
A clinical brace from Ciaran Divers and a wonderful long-range strike from Scott Morton ensured the host’s progression, despite facing a side two divisions above them in the Scottish pyramid.
And Clark is looking for his side to take the result and performance back into their domestic life, having endured a mixed start to their West of Scotland League Conference B campaign so far.
“The boys were absolutely excellent,” he told Express Sport.
“It was a bit of a free hit for us because most people expected us to lose, and we actually only had 13 fit players on the day.
“It was a brilliant effort from the lads. We were set up to counter attack and we managed to limit them to very few clear cut chances.
“If you’d looked at the teams on Saturday, you wouldn’t have believed there was two leagues between the teams.
“This is a team who were very close to getting promoted into the SPFL last year and will be targeting the play-offs again this year.
“We always seem to play better against better teams.
“We seem to give a better account of ourselves.
“Now we need to take that into the league.
“We’re trying to win our division and it’s about time we start to lay down some markers.”
With Divers and Morton playing as wingers off striker David McKenna, Renfrew pressed the Midlothian side hard in the early stages and reaped the rewards with their opener. The Rose defence was hassled into a mistake, with Divers unleashing a snapshot that fizzed past keeper Michael Andrews.
Bonnyrigg came into the game more after a half-time rollicking, hitting the post through Kieran McGachie after seeing a penalty shout for handball turned down.
And Morton made the visitors pay by lashing home a superb 20-yard strike with just seven minutes remaining.
Divers bagged his brace on the break at the death to add some gloss to the scoreline, with Clark insisting his side could have scored more had they been more clinical.
He said: “I’d say we were the better team in the first half. We had four really good chances and we only took one of them.
“We still need to be more clinical, but there was an improvement there from our recent games.
“Divers and Morton are both strikers, but we played them on the wings, which gives them a bit more defensive responsibility.
“They still carried that attacking threat though, which was so important.
“We knew Rose would come out stronger in the second half after a talking to and they did open us up a couple of times.
“We knew we’d be vulnerable at set pieces because they’re a big strong team, and they did hit the post when they should have scored.
“McKenna also had a header from close range that he should have scored though, and I think their goalkeeper was the busier on the day as well.”
Renfrew return to league action this Saturday, facing a trip to Ashfield as they look to push up the Conference B table.
Clark wants to see more of the same from his side, adding: “It’ll be a totally different game because they’re the ones now with nothing to lose. They’ll be looking to turn us over against the odds.
“It’ll be a heavy grass pitch, so we’ll need to play smart and not get caught out by the conditions.”