Argyle and Bute Friendlies Hit By Tier 4

Campbeltown Pupils Secretary Campbell Robertson has revealed the frustration experienced by Argyll and Bute clubs after the latest Tier-4 restrictions on Boxing Day brought a halt to all training sessions and friendlies.

He told me “Yes, unfortunately Tier-4 has put an end to our well organised series of friendlies. We managed to get four played, and hope to continue with them when restrictions are lifted.

“We were still training with very good numbers until last Tuesday, but Tier-4 has put a stop to that as well.”

“Our pavilion renovation external work is almost complete. Internal work, hopefully, can continue at the start of the New Year.”

Campbell also expressed his delight at my favourable Pre-Christmas review of Mr Alex McKinven’s book on The Story Of Football In Campbeltown – KIT AND CAB⚽ODLE.

He admitted: “I am glad you enjoyed reading Alex’s book. He is a great historian and hopefully you can meet him if you manage a trip to Campbeltown.”

“Tom, you are doing a great job promoting the amateur game. We all underestimate the collective numbers our level commands.”

Danes Celebrate Winning Nine Goal Thriller

Doubles from Sean Lawrence and Ryan Driver helped Rothesay Brandane edge out Oban Saints AFC 5-4 in a thrilling Saturday friendly.

OWN GOAL…As Ryan Craig (Rothesay) heads past his own goalkeeper in their 5-4 win against Oban Saints AFC. Picture Credit Derek Black.

Co-incidentally, the remaining counter was an own goal – matched by Rothesay returning the favour and netting for Oban’s Central Scottish AFL squad, whose additional strikes came from James Ford (2) and Scott Maitland.

Oban Saints goal scorers James Ford (2) and Scott Maitland.  Ryan Craig (Rothesay) put through his own goal to take Oban’s tally to four. Picture Credit Derek Black.

Meanwhile, the Oban Saints Greater Glasgow Premier AFL team managed to arrange a game against Campbeltown Pupils, who produced a good performance at the expense of the spirited visitors. Lee Allan and Liam Renton netted in Campbeltown’s 2-0 victory.

Around The Amateur Football Scene (24/11/2020)

Tom Scott is back with his second Round-Up of the week. With the new Aberdeenshire AFA season held up until at least 30th January 2021, Continental AFC have confirmed an updated friendlies list up to the week before Christmas.

Here goes:
November 28 – Grammar FP’s (Away)
December 5 – Nicolls Amateurs (Home)
December 12 – To Be Confirmed
December 19 – Aboyne (Home)

Campbeltown Pupils have said a big thanks to Phoenix Motors for their kind and generous donation presented at the weekend.

I understand the Renton family have been long standing supporters to the local football community on and off the park for many years.

Kings Park United are starting and finishing next month’s Half Marathon in Kings Park. I believe details of the route and times will feature soon on Social Media. Funds raised will be going to the good people at Time To Tackle.

Neilsons Solicitors and Estate Agents have made a generous donation to the Corstorphine Dynamo FC Christmas Food Bank Appeal.

This is what local businesses are all about – I never get tired of saying that and they are especially welcomed during the present financial climate.

Springburn Thistle are hosting a Call of Duty War Zone Fund Raiser on Friday, November 27.

Oban Left To Rhu  Impact Of Paterson Hat-Trick

Jamie Paterson was the three-goal hero for Rhu Amateur Football Club in another very-welcomed 4-2 friendly win against Oban Saints AFC on Saturday.

Douglas Black converted a penalty for the homesters, and one of the Oban goals also counted from the 12-yard mark!

The Argyll and Bute Tier-2 guidelines, which permits local friendlies, allowed  Campbeltown Pupils to host Rothesay. Both teams showed a number of changes, but the visitors’  still managed to impress with fine link-up play in a 3-1 victory.

Young Campbeltown Pupils striker Scott Souden found the net again, but worryingly had to visit hospital later after sustaining a bad arm injury.

I have not had a fresh update on Scott since the information was sent through. Hopefully, that indicates good news!

Teenage Pair Make Promising Rhu Debuts

Goalkeeper Tom Powell and right midfielder Luke Evans overcame nerves alongside adverse weather conditions in making their debut for Rhu Amateur Football Club against hosts Campbeltown Pupils.

The pair, both aged 17, were among five players drafted into the visitors’ squad for the friendly – and they did not disappoint!

Powell pulled off some excellent saves, and Evans was always eager to push forward from the right-hand side of the park and commit defenders.

An early morning kick-off amid the wind and heavy rain didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of both teams. Overall, the 1-1 draw could be classed as a fair result.

Campbeltown Pupils scorer was Scott Souden. Paul Cavana replied for Rhu Amateur Footballl Club.

The visitors will also be delighted with the depth of their squad following pre-match news that no fewer than 18 players were unavailable.

Campbeltown Renovation Work Making Good Progress

Scottish Amateur Football News Exclusive

Secretary Campbell Robertson has revealed Campbeltown Pupils are making good progress with essential renovation work being carried out at their ground during Covid-19.

Having been members of the SAFL since 1977, they have taken delivery of a portacabin thanks to the generous donation made by McFadyen’s Transport.

As the club’s main sponsor, McFadyen’s have been assisting in the positioning of the cabin.

Renovation and Extension work to the dressing rooms and pavilion has also started.

Campbell Robertson told Scottish Amateur Football News: “Renovation work is well under way and hopefully will be finished by Christmas. The portacabin is in position and will be completely fitted out as well.”

Barrhead ‘Lie Handed Two Centenary Derbies

Newcomers Arthurlie Amateurs could debut in the SAFL Centenary Cup next month with local derbies if current Scottish Government restrictions are not increased.

Top-table chiefs have wisely opted to cut down on excessive match travel for clubs in membership of the Scottish Amateur Football League and a look at the opening two weeks’ fixture list shows great potential.

November 7th

Arthurlie v Carlton YMCA
Baljaffray v Easthall Star
Busby v Motherwell Thistle
Campbeltown Pupils v Lochgilphead Red Star
Cardross v Dunoon
Duncanrig v Strathaven
Glyhill Moorcroft v St Convals
Inverclyde v Parkhall
Kings Park Rangers v Hillington
Neilston v Glenburn
Port Glasgow v Port Glasgow OBU
Rutherglen v Claremont

November 17th

Arthurlie v St Convals
Baljaffray v Kings Park Rangers
Busby v Rutherglen
Duncanrig v Claremont
Glenburn v Carlton YMCA
Glyhill Moorcroft v Neilston
Goldenhill v Easthall Star
Hillingdon v Castlemilk
Inverclyde v Port Glasgow
Lochgilphead Red Star v Campbeltown Pupils
Motherwell Thistle v Strathaven
Parkhall v Cardross
Port Glasgow OBU v Dunoon

SAFL Chiefs Will Operate New Travel Measures For Centenary Cup

Scottish Amateur Football League chiefs are helping member clubs cut down on unwanted travel problems when the Centenary Cup kicks-off their new season on October 10.

Hopefully current Scottish Government restrictions will not have changed again and allow Team Managers to prepare their squads in five areas instead of clubs travelling all over Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

I understand the plan involves teams playing each other home and away in the opening round and, even allowing for bad weather, the fixture list would run into December.

Looking ahead into January and depending on the updated Covid-19 situation the three-divisional domestic structure would commence, and hopefully the hugely popular Jimmy Marshall Trophy can also take place. Arthurlie and Baljaffray Amateurs  are newcomers to the SAFL, and as luck would have it, the pair have home games in the First Round fixture list on October 10.

The Barrhead club host Carlton YMCA, while Baljaffray, also from Premier Division Two, welcome high-flying and hugely experienced visitors Easthall Star.

In the Argyle area, two local derbies catch the eye. Campbeltown Pupils v Lochgilphead Red Star and Cardross v Dunoon.

Port Glasgow Amateurs and Port Glasgow OBU will be eager to claim Inverclyde bragging rights for at least 24 hours. while closer to Glasgow I reckon there will be a few goals when Kings Park Rangers entertain Hillington in a top-flight Premier clash.