Have Boots Will Travel For Southside Stars

Southside Star AFC Manager Lee Smart has given his definitive insight into four of their furthest- travelled players as they continue preparations for an August start in the GDSFC , writes Tom Scott.

Said Lee “We came across this for our first season as a team.”

“Our first player, Kane Robertson, travelled from Edinburgh when he wasn’t in Student Accommodation.”

“Kane came to us after having played for Crammond Blues in the South East of Scotland League.”

In his own words “he was the best player there as he had played 11s before that team was formed.”

“Kane brings a presence in the middle of the park for the team, constantly running back to help out, and also forward to support the attackers as much as possible.”

“Second player, Jamie Smart, travels from Kirkintilloch every week.”

“Jamie followed me (his brother) from RoukenGlen Amateurs when they folded. The biggest attribute he brings is his work effort, doesn’t matter where you play him – you know he is going to give it 100%. He might not be able to score inside the box, but you bet he will score a few worldies in a season.”

“Third player is Ben Chilton travelling from Clydebank. Ben played for Drumbank Thistle, Loved this team and felt at home before joining up with his friends at Southside Star AFC.”

“Ben brings so much energy to the left side of the team, constantly bombing forward but you better believe the big man can get back in time to help the team out in defensive needs.”

“The fourth and final player is Peter Hughes , who travels from Clydebank or Torrance every week.”

“Peter played for Drumchapel United Saturday team before he stopped playing, joined Southside Star AFC with his friend, Ben.”

“Peter is a utility man for the team, so far playing in a lot of positions. He is a Managers’ dream as he never moans – just gets on with it and gives his all.”

Star Boss Looks At Player Expectations For Next Season

Southside Star AFC Manager Lee Smart has been looking closely at their squad amid Non-Contact Training Sessions, and today exclusively reveals a list of players the Club will be looking out for in terms of increasing their potential even further in the GDSFC next season, writes Tom Scott.

Lee, who runs the Southside team with Assistant Manager Marc Lang, said “First up is last season top goal scorer Jamie Smart, followed by Paul McMahon.”

“Jamie is a utility man can play on both wings’ centre-mid or even full back.”

“Paul is a winger, and both are such work horses within the team – really up and down all over the park. Not scared to put in challenges, and then take on a player.”

“Next is Kane Robertson, who loves doing “doggies” in the middle of the park for a full 90 minutes.”

“The boy won’t stop running for the team.”

“Moving onto full backs Ben Chilton and James McEnhill. Both these boys can get up the park and whip in some excellent balls from wide for our strikers to attack. In addition, they are both also unreal from dead ball positions. Really hoping to see the benefits of this next season.”

“Last, but not least, has to be our strikers – Paul McBride and Ryan Duncan.”

“Starting with Paul (pops), he has come onto a game from never playing 11s before, to showing that he can hold the ball up, and also beat a player. Watch out for his absolute wand of a left foot.”

“Now Ryan, who has just joined the team for this season which was postponed, but in a few friendlies he was able to play, you could see that the boy has a goal scoring presence about him.”

“Just hoping he can live up to it for this season.”

Double Interviews: Southside Star AFC…

At no extra cost, my Interview Series takes on a new look today as Marc Lang, Assistant Manager at Southside Star AFC, and Stuart Wynne (Committee Member/Captain) answer key questions relating to the GDSFC Club, writes Tom Scott

First in the Spotlight: Marc Lang – Assistant Manager:

How do you think the team will do once they are back ?

“I think the team will do ok once we are back if we get the right momentum, we could win our Division.”

How do you think things have gone since the team started ?

“It’s been good since the team started. A few disappointing moments after the winter break, but that’s football.”

“Just before lockdown, the team started to play some excellent football and were getting results again.”

How was the team’s fitness levels after coming back from the restrictions?

“They were mixed – some people had been keeping fit”

Next for good measure: Stuart Wynne – Committee Member and Captain.

How do you think the team will do once they are back ?

“We have a great group of lads here and the majority of them have come back into the fold again.”

“We have a solid core in the team and once we get back to it with a few friendlies under our belt we should be set up to do well in the League this season.”

How do you think things have gone since the team started ?

“When I joined the team, we were going through a period of adjustment with players coming and going every week. Last season and the start of pre- season we managed to get committed players, and were putting out a consistently strong squad every week, so massive improvements have been made from the early days of the Club.”

How was the team’s fitness levels after coming back from the restrictions?

“To be honest – Not the best. Some of the lads had been going runs or training themselves during lockdown, but the rest of us (myself included) are working hard to get back to pre – lockdown fitness levels, and hopefully get better which I’m confident we will all achieve.”

SOUTHSIDE STAR Links:

Twitter https://twitter.com/afc_southside?s=09

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/south.sidestarafc.9

Southside Star AFC: Confident Of Growing As A Team

Southside Star AFC Manager Lee Smart is confident the GDSFC team will emerge more confident and stronger for the 2021-2022 season, writes Tom Scott.

This is Lee’s first time in Management, but you could say he is learning more each day – and that includes promoting the team through Scottish Amateur Football News.

It is indeed refreshing to find someone so enthusiastic as this week’s articles on Southside Star AFC clearly demonstrate.

He said: “With the team moving in the right direction after our first season got cancelled due to Covid 19 and our 2nd season in the GDSFC being pushed back a year, everyone within the club is looking forward to the season starting – and show how we have grown as a team.”

“At the very start we didn’t really get the numbers to training on a weekly basis, but that has changed now – having the full team at training most weeks. I have enclosed pictures of our social distanced training sessions”

“The GDSFC League is going to be very competitive this season with a lot of new teams coming aboard, and established teams also joining the League. We can’t wait to get started.”

Many thanks to Lee Smart for the photographic coverage from the club sessions.

Star Shine A Light On Double Start-Back Sessions

Lee Smart has revealed the Southside Star AFC squad are being put through their paces at twice-weekly Non-Contact Training Sessions – and they can expect plenty of variation working with and without the ball, writes Tom Scott.

Gaffer Lee said “We have been training since a week past Sunday when the rules for Non-Contact Training came into force.”

“The boys are hating the Management team of me and my Assistant Manager, Marc Lang, as we are treating this as our pre-season, so making the sessions two hours long on a Sunday afternoon, and a Wednesday night.”

“Lots of fitness work without a ball the now, but have started adding in dribbling and passing.”

“It’s great to have the team back together on the pitch doing some sort of training and football, as at the end of the day we all love getting a kickabout with our friends.”

SOUTHSIDE STAR Links:

Twitter https://twitter.com/afc_southside?s=09

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/south.sidestarafc.9

The Big Interview: Lee Smart (Southside Star AFC)

A Manager new to Amateur Football – and SAFN readers – takes centre stage today, writes Tom Scott.

First-time Boss Lee Smart provides the answers on Southside Star AFC, who play in the GDSFC Only Sport Ltd Division 1.

WHEN WAS THE TEAM FOUNDED?

“Southside Star AFC was set-up in 2019.”

HOW HAVE YOU RECRUITED PLAYERS?

“We have recruited players through friends of friends, and adds on via Gumtree and Facebook.”

“Have boys from Glasgow and Edinburgh playing for us now.”

DO YOU HAVE TEAM SPONSORS?

“Two Sponsors in the Alpen Lodge Pub, and DM Car Care – photographs attached.”

WHERE DO YOU NORMALLY PLAY HOME GAMES, AND TRAIN?

“Home Park is Glasgow Green. Play there every 2nd Sunday, and train on a Wednesday night 7-9 there as well.”

WHY WAS THE TEAM SET-UP?

“Team set-up to give Lee Smart his chance at Managing a team, and to let the boys keep playing the game we all love. Our last team, for most of us, had folded after the 2018-2019 season.”

Many thanks to Lee Smart for his time, and also kindly providing the various attachments to enhance his Big Interview.

Watch out for more News from Southside Star AFC (GDSFC).

Rovers’ Christie Shoots Down Star In Sunday Friendly

Former senior football striker David  Christie  helped Renfrew Rovers to another friendly success with what proved to be the second half winner against Southside Star at Beith on Sunday.

Player-manager Scott Perry admitted: “This was a worthwhile exercise.”

“We were far from our best, but everyone put in a shift and that’s what it is about. We tinkered with different formations and got guys more minutes.”

“More to come from this group, but 2 from 2 is a fantastic start, and we hope to build more momentum.”

Renfrew started the game with a back three and Star tried to exploit the space in behind. However, in 33 minutes following a neat passage of play, Trialist Mark Watt curled home the opener from 20 yards.

Garry McMillan had the ball in the net again for Rovers, but somehow the referee thought the “goal” was offside. Half-Time 1-0.

Without creating clear-cut chances, Renfrew restarted well, and had some genuine penalty kick claims waved aside by the referee.

When McDonald dummied a pass into the path of David Christie the ball was dispatched past Davidson for 2-0.

Southside were far from finished and they were awarded a penalty kick for alleged handball by Trialist Jordan Douglas. The ball was calmly slotted home by Stuart Wynne for his second in two weeks.

Game on and Southside were hungry for an equaliser. Instead, the next opportunity to score came at the other end when Christie was moving in on the goalkeeper,  but was fouled by a defender.

Penalty kick and the chance to make the scoreline 3-1.

Ross Davidson had other ideas and made a great save to keep out McMillan’s attempt from 12 yards.

Final score: Renfrew Rovers 2 Southside Star 1.

Renfrew Set For Rovers Return After Blank Weekend

First season Renfrew Rovers have been putting the hard work in at training after they were unable to follow up a 3-2 debut win against Anchor Sociedad a fortnight ago.

Player (Goalkeeper) – Manager Scott Perry and the squad return to the Astro surface for an all Division One clash (friendly) with Southside Star.

I understand Renfrew are still aiming to bring in a wide player and another striker to complete their pre-season recruitment.

Another GDSFC, Atlantic Quay, are also in the player market. Not just outfield, but another Goalkeeper. And there is a vacancy in the backroom staff for a coach, too.

To date, Atlantic have had a few training sessions and one game.

Bullwood AFC, who have switched from A @ C Sunday League (where they won the Premier League title) and into the Sunday Central AFL South East Division are looking for some midweek friendlies to keep their high scoring squad ticking over.

There appears to be plenty of positives on the park following wins against Kirkintilloch Harp and Wishaw United.

Meanwhile, clubs have again flagged up the need for alternative opposition following pre-game call-offs. Weirs AFC have Glasgow Green booked for Saturday afternoon as Martin Guthrie looks to keep his team playing.

Dennistoun Thistle have a pitch and referee booked for Saturday.

Lomond Vale have advertised for a game on Saturday, October 10. They have a pitch.

United Prepare For League Opener At Renfrew

F.C. Southside United manager Derek Johnston is moving up another level as the club plan for their opening GDSFC clash at Renfrew Rovers.

This week signals the end of their isolated pre-season sessions which were put together for every player as the country-wide lockdown continued, and Southside have a programme in place for pitch training using SAFA guidelines.

Said Derek: ” We now have an understanding on the club’s return to competitive league games following the release of four domestic fixtures.”

After Southside visit Renfrew Rovers AFC –  New Western Park looks a likely venue. United host Southside Star AFC, and seven days later entertain Woodlands AFC. With Nethercraigs parks still closed due to Covid 19, their committee will explore alternatives as a priority in finding a home venue.

Completing the fixture list, Strathclyde United AFC welcome Southside, and I understand this clash could be heading for Sir Alex Ferguson Park near the Braehead Shopping Centre. Hopefully, Strathclyde will confirm nearer the time.

No dates have been issued by GDSFC due to the pandemic.