Shutdown Holds Up Progress Of Thistle Loan Pair

The on-going pandemic has nullified any hopes Kilbride Thistle AFC had of giving two loan players from Ardrossan Winton Rovers a run of games in the Ayrshire AFA, writes Tom Scott.

Full-back David Donald and the versatile Ryan Singleton had mixed with Kilbride squad before tougher Government restrictions were implemented – but the pair have already impressed boss Sean Kenney.

RYAN SINGLETON

He told me “We know both players, and they have come in from The Rovers, who decided they were not going to play in the new West of Scotland League and South of Scotland Cup this season.”

“The loan arrangement with Ardrossan Manager Stevie Wilson means they will return to them for next season, and I will honour that.”

“I actually signed David for us when I was Coach here under John Bell, who was our Manager at the time. He has also played with Ardeer West, and rated one of the top Ayrshire AFA full- backs in recent years. He has really impressed, wants to learn and is very fit.”

DAVID DONALD

“Ryan had an 8-year spell with Irvine Vics prior to Ardrossan. He can play in a number of positions, including through the middle.”

“I can’t speak highly enough of them. It’s a shame we haven’t been able to see them in action. I have been really impressed with their attitude.”

Meanwhile, the local community has played their part in helping Kilbride Thistle celebrate 10 years just from participation in Amateur Football once this month kicked-in amidst difficult times.

Sean revealed “Yes, that’s 10 years in the Amateur ranks, but we actually started at Under-6s level as Kilbride Boys – not a lot of folk know that!”

“This is my 21st year at the club, but the gentleman who deserves a lot of the credit for the Kilbride name still being around is John Bell, who these days devotes all of his time to the family and grandchildren.”

“Without doubt John is not only a Club Legend, but a Community Legend.”

Photographs kindly provided by Mr Sean Kenney. 

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