Sep 1 2012 by Andy Newport, Paisley Daily Express
Renfrew skipper Sajid Majeed has told his title-chasing team to forget about going easy on their troubled Kelburne mates this afternoon.
The league leaders take on their Renfrewshire rivals in Paisley today knowing a derby win will hand them the CSL Western First Division crown and safe passage back to the big time.
But Kelburne have had a season to forget and a defeat would put them in all sorts of bother.
The Whitehaugh men have only fellow strugglers Stenhousemuir and Prestwick between them and a relegation play-off battle plus wins for both teams today as they play Weirs and Ferguslie respectively, could very well send ’Burne crashing to bottom spot.
Majeed, however, has insisted his men put sentiment out of their minds as they go in search of the victory that will render any late challenge for second-placed Ferguslie elementary.
The KGV skipper told Express Sports: “We have got a good relationship with the Kelburne lads and obviously we know a few of them quite well, so we wouldn’t like to see them in trouble.
“But we cannot afford to focus on anything but ourselves and we need to win the game to win the league.
“If that puts them in danger of going down then that is just one of those unfortunate things. “All we are looking at is getting a victory and we have to take all sentiment out of our thinking.” Following a season practically left a total wash-out by Scotland’s excuse of a summer, Renfrew have skillfully ridden the various waves they have faced and now sit top of the pile with six wins out of seven.
Ferguslie have won just as many but having played a game more, have ceded top spot to their local rivals. But a Kelburne win today could put them back in contention — as Majeed very well knows. “It’s a huge game for us — all or nothing as they say,” he admitted. “But we are fully up for the challenge. A disaster is always in the back of your minds but that just emphasises why we need to make sure we are fully focused on getting a result. “If we keep playing the way we have been this term and just treat it like any other game, then hopefully we should do well.”
Majeed’s spell as skipper runs to over a decade but he believes leading his men back to the top-flight CSL Western Premier Division would rank up there with the best of his accolades. He said: “I have won a few cups in my time here but I think taking the club back to the top flight would be up there with my biggest achievements since taking over as skipper.
Renfrew were once again idle last weekend when their penultimate league fixture Poloc became their fifth cancelled date of the summer.
But that at least allows Renfrew to name their first choice XI fully rested and ready for their date with destiny. Majeed said: “We will have the same squad that we had last week, which means we are at full strength. “Now it’s just a matter of keeping our fingers crossed that the weather does not give us any problems.”