Pre-season games are all about putting minutes into players as they try to achieve a reasonable level of fitness before the real competitive action kicks-off and that won’t change despite Covid-19.
Colville Park E AFC Manager Kenny Henderson had 18 signed players at his disposal in Saturday’s 1-0 win against East Kilbride Colts, and took plenty of positives from watching what will be an experienced squad moving towards the commencement of the Spark of Genius Central Scottish Amateur Football League campaign.
Portugal-born centre back Santiago Pina played at a decent level back home, while while defender Sean Tidser (Morton), midfielder Lee Lockheed (St Mirren) and John McNaught (Hamilton Accies) come from a senior football background.
Goalkeeper Chris Wright played junior football in the West Region (Ashfield) and Ayrshire’s Saltcoats Vics, defenders Scott Munro and Andy Cockrell have been at Forth Wanderers, midfielder Robbie Manley was with Johnstone Burgh and Saturday’s goalscoring hero, Kieran Magennis, has experience in the game from Stirling Albion, Johnstone Burgh and Benburb.
Kai Healy looks a good signing after stints at Neilston, Harmony Row and Weirs, while David Quinn (East Kilbride), Scott McKindlay (Tower Hearts), Andy Guthrie (Greenock), Tyler Tobin (Albion Rovers and Kilwinning Rangers) plus Kieran McKay, who played with Victoria Croftfoot, are also on board the Colville convoy.
Kenny Henderson has used his contacts in the game to snap up a trio from Bridgewater AFC, who sadly folded this month. Martin Fitzpatrick, Marc Storrie and Chris Keating.
Kenny explained “I know Fitzy, who ran them, very well, and he recommended all three. Delighted they have signed. and the squad is taking shape.”