article via The Press & Journal
Deveronvale’s Dane Ballard is hoping to start the season with a bang by notching his first competitive goal since August 2018.
The striker spent nearly 18 months on the sidelines after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament and tearing his meniscus.
When he did return in February last year, Ballard didn’t manage to score before the pandemic arrived and he also failed to find the net in Vale’s five games during the abridged 2020-21 campaign.
Deveronvale start their season at home against Brora tomorrow and Ballard is hoping to get his first competitive goal in almost three years.
He said: ““I’ve scored in pre-season friendlies and it feels good to be knocking the ball in the net again. Hopefully I can get a lot more this season".
“It might be a bit emotional getting that first competitive goal back"
“Hopefully I’m not waiting too long for it and it comes in the first game and then we’ll see how I react.”
Deveronvale will be underdogs against champions Brora, but Ballard is hopeful the Banffers may be able to spring a surprise in what is Craig Stewart’s first competitive game in charge since being appointed manager in January.