Around The Scottish Amateur Football Scene (03/04/2021)

Chief Writer Tom Scott takes his latest look around at what is happening in some areas of Scottish Amateur Football. YOUR CLUB could feature here. Contact @Scottish Amateur Football News today.

Vale of Atholl from the Perthshire Amateur League start non-contact training this morning (Saturday) at the Rec. Start time 10am.

Dunoon Amateurs had to split their squad of players into two different nights as they adhered to strict guidelines. Delighted to be back all round!

Renfrew Rovers – GDSFC – aim to bring at least two players on board. One of the priority areas is a Goalkeeper to offer up a decent challenge for the starting jersey.

Vale of Clyde Sunday AFC have been putting in some excellent training sessions. The Tollcross Club are looking ahead to a new challenge in the GDSFC.

Kirky Thistle have been looking for friendlies on May 29 and June 5.

Monklands Thistle, founded 2020 are currently training and want to add to their squad, plus bringing one sponsor on board. Monklands Thistle play in the Lanarkshire Central League.

Port Glasgow OBU are looking to strength their squad.

Motherwell Villa AFC are aiming to launch a Football Academy – starting with young children , and eventually moving up to adults.

Coatbridge Rovers FC plan to create an Over-35s Section. Contact Club and Coach Development Officer Martin O’Neill on 07305000727.

Athletico FC – Fife Sunday Amateur Football League – are training every Wednesday and Sunday. They are seeking to appoint a new Team Manager.

Springburn Thistle are looking to appoint a new Manager and Coaching Staff.

Steins Thistle AFC are moving forward in appointing a new Manager and Coaching staff

Thank Evans….Young Luke Strikes Twice

Rhu Amateur Football Club came out on top from a nine- goal thriller against Dunoon Amateurs – and 17-year-old Luke Evans was the hero with his first-ever goals for the team.

Dunoon had previously defeated Rhu this year, but the tables were turned as Luke netted twice in a 5-4 victory, alongside goals from Ross Jeffrey, Brian Cameron and Jack McLaughlan. who incidentally netted last week after they fought back from two-down, and grabbed a 2-2 draw against Rothesay Brandanes.

Saints Stage Second Half Dunoon Fightback

Three second half goals gave Oban Saints AFC victory against friendly hosts Dunoon Amateurs. Having passed a pitch inspection Dunoon Stadium was still on the heavy side,  but both clubs will be delighted to get another 90 minutes under their belts with 11 Council areas (and a huge amount of clubs) still restricted in Tuer-4.  And the quality of football was good!

Oban Manager Willie Gemmell shuffled the pack again, and young Lewis Campbell was named among the substitutes.

Wind-assisted. Dunoon took the lead on 27 minutes when Evan Meyar-McDonagh shot low into the net.

Saints switched to a 3-5-2 formation after half-time, and Craig McEwan equalised from the penalty spot after being fouled. Six minutes later, Kerr Newbigging made it 2-1 after ‘keeper Hunter couldn’t hold McEwan’s rasper.

Substitute Lewis Campbell was twice denied by Euan Hunter, but had better luck  ( not that he needed any), with a great finish on 85 minutes.

Around The Amateur Football Scene (15/11/2020)

Writer Tom Scott takes a weekend look at some news from around Amateur Football. Great to hear of another good young talent being given the opportunity to test himself against experienced opponents. E.K. Thistle Colts centre-back Anthony Kerr played 90 minutes for the Show Park Jags against Ashfield. He kept his place in the starting line-up for East Kilbride’s opening West of Scotland League clash under the lights against Yoker Athletic at Holm Park.

Terrific boost for Anthony and the Colts Management FC Dynamo Glasgow, who are sponsored by Clydebank Estate and Letting Agents again this season, are participating in a Hike up Ben Lomond to raise money for the Make A Child Smile Happy Campaign. They have also set-up a Just Giving Link Page. Dynamo players have agreed to participate on 28th November.

Peek-A-Boo Baby Boutique organised a Thunderball Bonus Ball for Steins Thistle Amateurs yesterday.  I understand Peek-A-Boo are a local business and conduct the idea every week. Peek-A-Boo kindly sponsored Stein’s 50th anniversary shirt and in return Thistle officials try to promote their offers etc. Great partnership going on between them!

Colony Park Amateurs put on an excellent team display against Premier Division hosts Tarves,. who won 4-2 in Saturday’s friendly. Kemnay Amateurs beat Rattray’s 2-1  in their friendly. 

Oban Saints AFC have been able to organise friendlies due to less restrictions in their Health Board area. 

On Saturday afternoon, Kyle Cooper hit the only goal of the game at Dunoon Amateurs.

Meanwhile, Gavin Forgrieve and Craig McEwan netted in a 2-0 victory against hosts Lochgilphead Red Star.

Lanarkshire United have confirmed  a  home kit shirt sponsorship with S & H Transport Ltd.

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Around The Amateur Football Scene (12/11/2020)

SAFN Writer Tom Scott has a look at what is happening around some clubs after Scottish Government restrictions were extended until Tuesday, November 17.

Caledonian League are holding their General Meeting tonight (Thursday) at 6.15pm via Zoom. All clubs are requested to be represented. An Executive Committee Meeting will follow the General Meeting.

With Derek Johnston having already confirmed he will be standing down from his role as FC Southside United manager this summer,the Leadership Committee are keen to speak with potential candidates, who can initially register interest via United’s Social Media platforms or through an email at fcsouthsideutd@gmail.com.

DJ,like everyone else involved with football, wants to return to working with players and his coaching staff, and maintaining the excellent progress at the Sunday set-up.

Lochgilphead Red Star AFC beat Dunoon Amateurs 1-0 in a friendly at the Dunoon Stadium last weekend. Coll McCallum netted what proved to be the first half winner.

Corstorphine Dynamo have launched a Xmas Food Appeal on behalf of Edinburgh Food Project.

Port Glasgow AFC have taken delivery of a new kit thanks to sponsorship from GBSS Civils and Plant Hire Ltd.

Clubs in. membership of the Aberdeenshire AFA will still be able to organise and play local friendlies aside from the start of the new season being delayed

Tannochside United, who recently held the first collection from their Food Bank Donations 2020 Project, will split monies raised between food and supplies for future collections,. plus a Christmas Toy and Gift Projects

Support A Local Food Bank is the idea being promoted by Newmains Hammers and they have set a date of 4th December for the final collection.

The donation will then be made on 7th December. Note, donations can be Via the Newmains Hammers Twitter Page, or any player.

Vale of Atholl would greatly appreciate offers from potential Match Sponsors.

The Old Mill Inn, who recently sponsored a new strip at the amateur club, were sponsors for the home game against Wolfhill on 7th November. Wolfhill won 4-2.

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

On-Form Celts Ready For Rovers Test

Port Glasgow Celtic FC won’t be lacking confidence for the new Strathclyde Saturday Morning Amateur Football League campaign later this month – if pre-season results are any guideline.

Celts racked-up four pre-season friendly wins and two drawn games before football was stopped on October 9. Various venues were used by Celtic – including the Largs National Training Centre, Parklea Parks (under floodlights) and the local High School.

Dunoon Amateurs entertained Port for the first warm-up game, which finished in an entertaining 2-2 draw.

Competitive fixtures are due to start on October 31, and Viewfield Rovers will host the sponsored Cutting Edge Engravers Championship A clash.

I can also reveal Port Glasgow Celtic have a home game against Gleniffer Thistle (Paisley) the following Saturday morning.

Dunoon Amateurs Five-Star Rhu Show

Four different players finding the net alongside an own goal helped Dunoon Amateurs overcome Rhu AFC on Saturday afternoon.

Chris Richmond, Jake Campbell, an own goal, Kjeld McIntyre and Ross Montgomery counted  for Dunoon, who started slowly during the opening 20 minutes before going into overdrive.

Dunoon, who have a good base at the local stadium are going about their business in a positive mood following warm-up fixtures against Port Glasgow Celtic AFC, Oban Saints AFC, Largs Thistle AFC and Blairmore AFC.

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.