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Gordonians’ Williams sees chance to put down National 2 survival marker

Gordonians skipper Tom Williams.
Gordonians skipper Tom Williams.

Gordonians hooker Tom Williams is looking for a win to set the tone for his club’s bid to stay in National 2 in 2020.

The National 3 champions have found the step up to a higher league to be a challenging one so far and ended 2019 second bottom of the division with two wins from 11 matches.

With bottom club Whitecraigs making the trip to Countesswells tomorrow former Dons captain Williams knows victory is vital for his side.

He said: “It’s a massive game and they don’t come much bigger than bottom against second bottom when you are fighting to stay in the division.

“It’s a huge one and while we’re looking to open up a gap on Whitecraigs we’re playing in a league where the bottom two go down so our focus is on trying to close the gap on Falkirk who are above us.”

The task facing Ryan Morrice’s side has never been underestimated by the Aberdeen team but Williams knows there is room for improvement in the second half of the season.

He said: “Clearly it has been a difficult start to the season for us.

“It has been frustrating at times as we’ve played well in patches but there have been other games where we simply haven’t been good enough.

“It has been a big learning curve.

“The effort has been there and all the boys have stepped up but we’ve not been quite at the races at times.

“We’ve had some poor performances along the way but we also have to recognise the step up we’ve made and accept there are some really good teams in this league.”

Having faced all the teams in National 2 Williams hopes his side will be better prepared for the rest of the campaign but believes the challenge of staying up will be tough.

He said: “We know what we’re facing now as we’ve played everyone but our opponents also know what they’re facing against us so it is not going to get any easier.”

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