COWDENBEATH boss Maurice Ross feels his side can look forward with confidence to Saturday’s Lowland League fixture with Tranent with a new striker in his ranks.

Ross believes his young players are adjusting to the demands of the Lowland League, and the inclusion of another experienced player, in the shape of Carlos Lyon, is strengthening the side’s firepower.

A Londoner, Lyon began his career as a youth with Brentford, before joining Billericay Town, where he proved to be a regular marksman.

He then had a spell with Southend before moving to Scotland and joining Alloa when they were in the Championship.

Since then his stint north of the border has taken him to Brechin, in their Championship season, and then on to Stirling Albion, Stranraer, Peterhead and Dumbarton.

He came on as a second-half sub against Bo'ness and posed their experienced defence problems with his ability to hold and use the ball.

Said Ross: “We played well in the first-half against Bo'ness and could have been two up at the interval.

“It was unfortunate that Scott Sinclair’s penalty was saved, and there were also a couple of one-on-one situations that should have been converted.

“That makes a difference in a tight game, but we lost a goal from a needlessly given away free-kick and then they closed ranks to keep us out.

“However, there were a lot of good things to come out of the game.”

He added: “If we can show the same aggression and desire at Tranent we can pose them the same problems, and if we can take one of our chances look to get an away win.

“Carlos Lyon is a very useful striker and once we get his match fitness up to scratch he will pose teams lots of problems, and with Sean Slaven, Aiden Gilmartin and Scott Sinclair scoring regularly in recent games, things are looking promising.”

Central defender Alfie Robinson’s recent knock is proving troublesome, so he is unlikely to make the Tranent game and Harry Osborne will also be out.