Around The Amateur Football Scene (23/09/2020)

Writer Tom Scott looks at clubs seeking midweek or weekend friendlies as part of his latest  Amateur Football Round-Up Scene.

Atlantic Quay AFC require a friendly on Sunday (12 noon).

Southside United  AFC want midweek pre-season friendlies.

Firhill Star AFC have a park available for a 2pm game.

Braehead YFC Amateurs, who are based in Stirling, require a friendly home or away on October 3.

Erskine YFC Amateurs would like opponents for this Friday (7.30pm) at Beith Astro.  Split costs.

Busby AFC are facing the prospect of no floodlight training facilities at Williamwood High School following communication from East Renfrewshire Council.

Barrhead  FC beat Third Lanark 5-0 in a friendly.

Steins Thistle AFC have announced the return and signing of Greig Stewart.

St Mungo defeated Kirkintilloch Thistle 3-2 in a Tuesday night friendly. Thistle twice held a scoring advantage in the match.

Ex-Senior Christie Grabs The Winner On Rovers Debut

Former Clyde and Queen of the South striker Davie Christie hit the crucial second half winner as Amateur Football newcomers Renfrew Rovers defeated Anchor Sociedad 3-2 on the Beith Astro. Over and above the full-time result Rovers player- manager Scott Perry said: “We are delighted this game went ahead without any set- backs given our previous fixture fell foul to the now relaxed restrictions surrounding Football. 

“The fixture against Anchor was vitality important for a variety of reasons.  Primarily to get a look at the new squad, get minutes in the legs and to see how we would gauge against a reputable side in a higher division.”

“This was a game we really wanted to win to give us some momentum to build upon and the guys never let me down, to a man they were fantastic!!  Some strong performances all over the park, Ronnie McDonald, Danny Muir, Ross McAlear, Owen Porter and Aiden Thorburn were especially outstanding on the day but I didn’t see a below par performance out there.”

Renfrew took the game to Anchor and were unfortunate not to take the lead when Andy Hunt battered the woodwork with a half volley from 15 yards. Anchor were busy and a threat especially at set pieces as they have a few big lads in their side. Renfrew dealt with that over the piece, despite losing a slack goal from a corner in the second half. 

Renfrew deservedly went ahead after 30 minutes of high pressure. Garry McMillan despatched a free-kick into the bottom corner after Scott MacAskill was fouled whilst going through on goal. Renfrew instantly looked for a second goal,  but Anchor stood firm at the back, and Renfrew went in 1-0 to the good at half time. On the resumption,  Rovers  hit the woodwork through Captain Danny Muir from the penalty spot. 

Anchor had worked their way into the game using the wide areas when Renfrew struck again in what was one of the moves of the game, Owen Porter linked up with Aiden Thorburn, who continued his run from midfield and finished into the top left hand corner.  Rovers went looking for more and the Anchor keeper pulled off a superb double save.

Anchor were a threat and Renfrew Manager Scott Perry changed the team shape .Within minutes, Anchor had the ball in the net, when their left midfielder found space out wide and managed to get a shot away which was initially saved by Rovers goalkeeper Walton, but was well followed up to score the rebound. 

Renfrew went for it and threw on striker Davie Christie sensing there were goals and went three up top. Within minutes it paid off. Another good move and a driven delivery by McAlear was met by Christie, who smashed  the ball home.  Had their final ball been better inside the last quarter Renfrew could had scored more, but Anchor were far from finished and ultimately their tactics of getting the ball forward paid off. 

A great cross to the back post had been well defended well by Greig Perry for a corner, which was swung in and finished off with a powerful header high into the roof of the net. Goalkeeper Walton may have done better when he looks back on the goal. Renfrew stood firm amid more pressure to get off to  winning ways.

Frew gaffer Scott Perry added: “We could have taken an easier fixture on paper to start us off but we won’t learn anything about ourselves going down that road. I was particularly impressed on how we reacted  after missing a penalty and conceding the two goals. Anchor are no slouches and posed us problems at times.

“There’s more to come from this group however, this is just one result, it’s a friendly and ultimately only counts for minutes etc. We will stay grounded and go about our business as professionally as possible, and see where it takes us. Credit to Anchor. A  fixture played in the right manner and a fine advert for the GDSFC.”

Rovers Celebrate Amateur Baptism With Anchor Win

Renfrew Rovers marked their debut in Amateur football with a 3-2 friendly win against the more experienced Anchor Sociedad at Beith Astro. The Sunday morning clash proved to be a terrific advert for the GDSFC set-up, and taking into account the number of false starts all clubs have endured throughout Covid-19, both sets of players will be delighted over participation levels on a park again.

Rovers missed a penalty kick, hit the woodwork and were denied by an excellent goalkeeper, while Anchor were always a threat in forward areas.

Scorers for Renfrew were Gary McMillan, Aiden Thornburn and David Christie.

Around The Amateur Football Scene (18/09/2020)

Tynecastle AFC are looking to add more depth and quality to their squad including goalkeepers. A training session is taking place on Saturday morning at 9.30am. Contact their manager with DM via the Tynecastle Twitter page.

Doune Castle AFC require a local opposition friendly at Moray Park on September 26 Contact Willie Docherty on 07825 290666.

Following a long and very frustrating few weeks, Renfrew Rovers are ready for their Amateur football debut in a Sunday friendly against Anchor Sociedad on the Beith Astro. Player – Manager Scott Perry said “We are very excited about the prospect of playing against tough opposition. Of course we hope for a positive start, but are realistic enough to know it is very much a work in progress.”

Glasgow Harp AFC defeated East Dunbartonshire 3-0 in their friendly.

Glasgow East AFC beat Greater Glasgow AFC 4-3 in a pre-season game.

Milngavie Wanderers play hosts to Campsie Minerva in a friendly at Staney Brigg on Saturday (2pm).

Vale of Clyde Sunday AFC have had their training kit sponsored by the Roof Doctor (07507 286156).

FC Southside United are set to play Clyde Thistle at Mount Blow on Sunday.

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