Coach Stephen Connelly and his backroom colleagues were delighted with training resuming at Cowan Park last Tuesday, writes Tom Scott.
The Scottish Amateur Football League have confirmed the group stage format and fixtures for the Jimmy Marshall Cup, to be competed for upon the return of football next month.
The tournament will start on Saturday 22nd May and conclude by 30th June. With three groups of six and one group of four, the four Group Winners after one round of fixtures, will make up the semi finals.
Port Glasgow OBU
Kings Park Rangers
Lochgilphead Red Star
ARTHURLIE FIXTURES (Group 2):
Sat 22nd May: Glynhill Moorcroft (Away)
Sat 29th May: Neilston (Home)
Sat 5th June: Glenburn Athletic (Away)
Sat 12th June: Busby (Home)
Sat 19th June: St.Convals (Away)
Venues and kick off times TBC.
Any Covid-19 protocols surrounding the return to football, including spectators, is to be confirmed in due course.
Said Stephen: “We had 14 bodies in this week, which wasnt bad for the first session. A decent session to start with.”
“We are looking forward to competitive football returning in the weeks ahead. The bulk of the squad that was put together last Summer will be back to give it another go this time around.”
“We have started with non-contact based training, to ensure we are in line with the latest Government guidelines, before gradually building it up to full contact before the matches.”
“The fitness levels will no doubt be all over the place to start with, but it’s been a long lay off and it will just be good to get the group back together again. It will be a quick turnaround from starting training to the cup matches, but we are looking forward to it and helping the guys find their fitness and sharpness again.”
“Having a competitive edge to the matches when we return is a big bonus and a nice starter ahead of the new season. We are delighted that the SAFL have made these arrangements and are looking forward to finally getting started in Amateur football.”