Third Lanark Manager Impressed With Squad Commitment

David Ampleford reckons the Third Lanark AFC playing squad deserve every ounce of praise for their commitment during the current pandemic. The famous Hi-Hi were stopped in their tracks by a 4-2 defeat at Waterside Amateurs earlier this month followed by a Scottish Government 16-day Circuit Breaker.The latter will not be lifted until October 25 (midnight), but the Third Lanark boss prefers to reflect on the positive side of a return to playing.

Said David:. “We are looking forward to getting back into it. Like Bearsden, we have got Gartcosh United and Castlemilk Dynamo within 5 days of each other, so it is going to be a tough return for us, but what will matter is how we conduct ourselves. While these matches are completely meaningless to us, we will be fielding the strongest team we can for both and doing our best to put a dent in either of their title hopes. The results won’t matter to us,. but the performance and how we conduct ourselves will.”

Third Lanark left themselves with an uphill task against Waterside, who adapted to the heavy, underfoot conditions and marched into a 4-0 lead early doors before the visitors could even regroup.

The Hi-Hi converted a penalty kick just before the interval and scored another in the second half.

David told me “The game should never have been on as the grass was in a terrible condition. The two teams both agreed to go ahead along with the referee, and Waterside got the better of us.”

“I reckon up until their first goal we had some control in the game, but we were trying to play the wrong type of football for the conditions. By the end, the conditions were atrocious and it was just each team blasting the ball as far as it could go.”

“Waterside were deserved winners on the day. I honestly take nothing away from the game. I don’t think the players will ever have to experience those conditions again.”

“Ten new players have joined us, and a few former players have returned. It has been tough gelling the players when we can’t socialise etc, but I have been really impressed that we have been able to train twice a week since we returned.”

“I have said all along that for us to compete in the Central Scottish AFL we need to train twice and I am delighted to see it has come to fruition.”

Dynamo and Thistle Kick-Off Central Scottish Re-Start

Castlemilk Dynamo and Steins Thistle Amateurs are back in action with the re-start of fixtures in the Spark of Genius Central Scottish League next Tuesday.

Much will depend on no additional Government restrictions being implemented from Monday, November 2, which would hammer provisional fixtures early next month. Championship, promotion and delegation issues have still to be brought to a conclusion from the 2019-2020 season cut short by the pandemic.

Here is a guide on what is planned up until October 31, and I have only focused for the time being on the Premiership, Division 1A and Division 1B.

I will review provisional Championship games later this week.

No spectators are allowed.

Tuesday, October 27
Division 1A – Castlemilk Dynamo v Steins
Division 1B – Lesmahagow v Cambusnethan Talbot

Wednesday, October 28
Premiership – Bannockburn v Fallin, Harestanes v Eastfield, Wishaw HSFP v Uddingston Anvil

Thursday, October 29
Premiership – Greenock HSFP v Drumchapel Amateurs

Saturday, October 31
Premiership – Drumchapel Amateurs v Bannockburn, Greenock HSFP v St Patricks, Fallin v Eastfield, Harestanes v Wishaw HSFP, Uddingston Anvil v Campsie Minerva
Division 1A – Gartcosh United v Bearsden; Castlemilk Dynamo v Third Lanark
Division 1B- Clydebank v Lesmahagow.

Bearsden Boss Bemoans Current Football Breaker

Kevin McGroarty admits the current 16-day Circuit Breaker imposed by the Scottish Government could not have come at a worse time for his Bearsden team or Amateur Footballl in general.

Back into football management for the first time in two years and building an entire playing squad from the ground upwards, Kevin took time out today to say “This has came at the wrong time for the lads as we were beginning to start playing the way we wanted to be, and match sharpness was beginning to come back.”

“The lads know exactly what they need to be doing over the break as it is with any break, maintaining their fitness and making sure they are ready to go when we are back.”

“We are looking forward to getting back into it , but again we will have to wait until we start the 2020- 2021 season as we host Gartcosh United next from last year’s (2019-2020) fixtures.”

Bearsden went into the latest shutdown off the back of a 4-1 Thursday evening defeat against Castlemilk Dynamo, whose Manager Gary Hamilton was quick to praise their opponent’s commitment over 90 minutes.

Kevin responded “That was a really good performance from the lads against Castlemilk. We didn’t back down from them and I was really happy with the fight the boys showed!”

“Yeah, Gary (Hamilton) is a really nice guy, so that was nice of him to say that about us”

Four Dates Of Provisional Fixtures Issued By Central Scottish

Clubs in the Spark of Genius – sponsored Central Scottish Amateur Football League have received a boost with news of a provisional Fixtures list being issued over four dates.

Providing no additional Government restrictions are introduced, the plan is to commence match action on Tuesday, October 27.

Fixtures will involve the Premiership, Championship, Division 1 A and 1B.

The schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, October 27 – Division 1 A
Castlemilk Dynamo v Steins Thistle

Tuesday, October 27 – Division 1 B
Lesmahagow v Cambusbarron Rovers

Wednesday, October 28 – Premiership
Bannockburn v Fallin
Harestanes v Eastfield

Thursday, October 29 – Premiership
Greenock HSFP v Drumchapel Amateurs
Wishaw HSFP v Uddingston Anvil

Saturday, October 31 – Premiership
Greenock HSFP v. St Patrick’s HSFP
Harestanes v Wishaw HSFP
Fallin v Eastfield
Uddingston Anvil v Campsie Minerva
Drumchapel Amateurs v Bannockburn

Saturday, October 31 – Division 1A
Bearsden v Gartcosh United
Castlemilk Dynamo v Third Lanark

Saturday, October 31 – Division 1B
Clydebank v Lesmahagow.

Saturday, October 31 – Championship
Cambusnethan Talbot v Steadfast K
Waterside v Arthurlie
Gourock v Garrowhill Thistle
BSC Glasgow v Colville Park E AFC

Dynamo Manager Praises Defeated Thursday Opponents

Castlemilk Dynamo Manager Gary Hamilton had nothing but praise for Bearsden AFC following a 4-1 at Dalziel Park on Thursday evening.

Goals from Dean McGinnity (2), Joseph Lang and Chris Hughes maintained an excellent start for Dynamo, who also saw Alan Semple miss a penalty, but Gary was quick to praise a Bearsden squad who are also under a new management structure.

“I was impressed by Bearsden’s commitment throughout the 90 minutes. Dom Larkin, our new signing from Pollok FC, made his debut, and the only disappointment was losing a poor goal tonight.”

Meanwhile, Gartcosh United beat Steins Thistle 5-2.

Dynamo Boss Salutes Players After Gartcosh Victory

New Castlemilk Dynamo Manager Gary Hamilton praised his players over their 1-0 victory at Gartcosh United and immediately turned his attentions to Thursday’s floodlight clash against Bearsden AFC at Dalziel.

Central Scottish League chiefs are pushing through domestic fixtures left unfinished from the 2019-2020 campaign due to Covid-19, but Hamilton swept that into the background on competitive debut and admitted:

“You can put that down to a battling away win, and three well earned points.”

“Gartcosh were by far the better team in the first half. However, the game management shown by our players kept us in the game. Second half, I thought the tide turned and we were by far the better team.”

“Gartcosh should have taken the lead early doors when they missed an open goal. A tactical change on the hour mark allowed us to see more of the ball and penetrate their defence.”

Dynamo’s winner came six minutes from time.  A Dean McGinty cross was met by Joseph Lang, and his bullet header flew past Scottish Amateur international goalie Stuart Wilson.

Gary Hamilton added “I have to say Martin Glen was colossal for us in centre midfield.”

Switching from Division 1A to the Premiership, a brilliant first half goal from Kenny Munro gave visitors Greenock HSFP their 1-0 win against hosts Wishaw HSFP in their 1pm start at Dalziel.

He fastened into a superb Robbie McAlpine pass and lobbed the goalkeeper.

Remaining at Dalziel for the 3pm kick-off in this season’s Championship, and sloppy Colville Park E AFC gave  away two penalties – one of which goalkeeper Chris Wright saved –  as visitors Garrowhill Thistle won 3-2.

Manager Kenny Henderson said: “We conceded two goals in four mad minutes – one a free header at the back post and a second penalty.

“I simply can’t keep defending these players. Individual mistakes and errors are killing us.’

Guthrie, with a great free kick, and McNaught scored for Colville.

Around The Amateur Football Scene (02/09/2020)

@AmmyFitbaNews Writer Tom Scott takes his midweek look at what has been happening around the club scene.

Moorpark Athletic are busy on the signing front and have already brought in Michael Smith, Anthony McLaughlin and Cammy Johnstone.

Rhu Amateurs are strictly following SFA guidelines in playing localised friendlies and I understand two have been organised against Dumbarton United Amateurs (September 12) and Lomond Thistle (September 17).

Gartcosh United have three attractive friendlies coming up against Doune on September 12, Syngenta a week later, and a September 26 meeting with Shortlees Amateurs.

Colville Park E AFC, whom we featured having signed five newcomers this week, have now recruited defenders David Quinn (ex- Duncanrig AFC) and Sean Tidser, who played at Forth, plus Duncanrig midfielder Jonny Aitken.

East Kilbride Harp have landed a double boost with E.K. Offices. Com ( Office and Storage to Let ) being paraded as their new Away Kit Sponsor and after a great deal of work carried out by their coaching staff, the Harp players will have all tracksuits sponsored by Standard Real Estate Ltd. Brilliant effort by all concerned.

Eaglesham AFC have managed to secure friendlies for their Caledonian League squad, but are seeking opponents for the team who play in the Greater Glasgow Premier AFL. You can choose from a mixture of home/ away games on September 12, 19 and 26.

Southside United AFC. have organised both Tuesday evening and Saturday friendlies this month. The list includes Kings Park United, Springburn Thistle and Glasgow East.

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