Stephen Connelly reckons the former Arthurlie Under-21 squad can make an impression on their debut in the Scottish Amateur Football League this month. The Barrhead chief has confirmed their step-up as Arthurlie Amateurs affiliated to the Arthurlie FC first team.
Said Stephen “We were Under-21s for the past three years and have moved into the Amateurs this season in the SAFL. Ironically, we will mostly be playing out of Dunterlie Park when we get started due to the fact the first team have withdrawn from their season.”
“We are in the Scottish Amateur Football League Premier 2 as a new team. The league are starting with the Centenary Cup (group stages) as they are local games to try to beat any further restrictions.”
“We are hoping to play league games in the New Year.”
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.