Covid-19 restrictions have prevented hopes of Kilbride Thistle AFC giving two loan players from Ardrossan Winton Rovers much-needed game time in the Ayrshire Amateur Football League, writes Tom Scott.
Full-back David Donald and the versatile Ryan Singleton had mixed with the Kilbride squad before tougher Government action was implemented – although the pair had already made a huge impression on Thistle boss Sean Kenney.
He said “We know both players, and they came in from the Rovers, who had 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 previously 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 was rated one of the top Ayrshire AFA full- backs in recent years. He has really impressed, wants to learn, and is very fit.”
“Ryan had an 8-year spell with Irvine Vics prior to Ardrossan Winton Rovers. He can play in a number of positions, including through the middle.”
“I can’t speak highly enough of them. It’s a real shame we haven’t been able to see them in match 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 2021 kicked-in amidst these 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 that 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 Mr 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.”