Some Amateur Football League fixtures may be resuming in the West of Scotland this Saturday, but the Colville Park squad of players will be asked to focus on a final warm-up game before stepping into the lion’s den on October 10.
Over the weekend Manager Kenny Henderson and his coaching staff will have taken a long hard look at their pre-season record to date -. one win and three odd-goal defeats littered with glaring individual errors.
Two new signings were confirmed minutes before their 4-3 reversal against Uddingston Anvil and one of them, ex-Kilsyth Rangers and Forth Wanderers striker Martin Janick, is likely to feature more prominently after a second half appearance on Saturday.
Said Kenny: “We face a tough competitive start away against Garrowhill Thistle a week this Saturday, followed by the visit of BSC to Dalziel on October 17.”
Colville Park E AFC Manager Kenny Henderson is quickly learning that a return to the days of silverware at Dalziel Park won’t return any time soon unless individual player mistakes are completely eradicated.
Three successive defeats have followed a 1-0 win against East Kilbride which launched their pre -season programme. Ten goals have been conceded along the way, including two 4-3 defeats against Dalziel (midweek) and Uddingston Anvil on Saturday.
Said Kenny “Individual mistakes killed us against Uddingston. We’ve also conceded a last-minute penalty kick. Basic mistakes like being caught ion the ball.”
“If we cut out the individual errors then we are very much on track for the season. We’ve lost eight goals in the last two games and haven’t made the opposition work hard for any of them, but we have competed in both those games against established Premiership clubs considering we’ve only played four games as a team.”
“We will get there, but honestly they need to cut out the mistakes”
The big plus for boss Henderson was the tremendous display from new signing Andrew Skinner. The former Greenock and Maryhill FC front man scored in midweek against Dalziel, and bagged two more on Saturday at the Matt Busby Centre.
Uddingston Anvil pressed Colville into making a mistake for the opening goal. Skinner carved out the first of his double when he cut in from the left and found the top riight-hand corner of the net from just outside the area.
Uddingston’s second goal followed an error which left their scorer through on a 1 v 1 with keeper Chris Wright. Back came Colville through Skinner, who pounced on a passback and rounded the goalie before netting.
Colville went behind again when they failed to clear a corner-kick and although John McNaught brought them level (3-3)., the former Scottish Cup holders pressed the self-destruct button three minutes over full time.
Uddingston Anvil were correctly awarded a penalty kick when their attack found Colville lacking cover at the back and keeper Wright was subsequently beaten from 12 yards.
Breaking News. Colville Park have also signed former Kilsyth Rangers and Forth striker Martin Janick,. who made a second half debut against Uddingston Anvil.