GREENOCK Wanderers head coach Bobby Mitchell takes charge of his first game at Fort Matilda as they welcome Strathmore to Octavia Terrace tomorrow, writes John Dyer.

With the Forfar outfit third bottom and nine points better off, the Greenock men will be aiming to give their survival hopes a major boost by clawing back the gap.

A victory would also be the perfect revenge after the away fixture in October.

On that occasion Wanderers lost 41-14 in a fairly even game until the Greenock men had a late collapse and leaked three soft tries.

After last week's sterling effort against West of Scotland, progress has been made and it is hoped this will continue tomorrow.

At Burnbrae, it was evident that a playing structure is developing and the players showed a more positive attitude, with Mitchell and his backroom team making a positive impact early on.

The players fought until the final whistle against the title hopefuls and it's hoped they will bring that into tomorrow's clash against Strathmore.

With the young players maturing and coming through, selection for tomorrow is still being discussed between the coaches.

Jack McDaid's dislocated shoulder will keep him out for a few weeks.

His first season in the senior side has seen him make steady progress and he will be missed.

Fortunately there are other graduates of the club's academy system vying for selection.

The front row of the scrum should also be strengthened, with the return of some players who have recovered from injury.

This area has been one of the bedrocks of the team.

Training has again gone well this week confirming the resurgence and appetite for a push to get up the table.

Meanwhile, the 2nd XV have a fixture at home as well. They face Dumfries Saints and have a good squad to choose from.

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