Scone Thistle 2001’s are one of the many teams who have made the transaction from 7-a-side to 11-a-side this season, and they have gone from strength to strength. So far this season they are competing for the title and have had some great results.
As expected, the team has had to deal with some changes this season after moving from 7’s to 11’s. One of the biggest changes, manager Stephen Taylor said, is the competitive aspect. But this hasn’t been a problem for the team. “We prefer the competiveness. We have always been somewhat competitive.”
One of the reasons Scone Thistle have adapted well to the new league, could be down to this and how the team have been raised on focusing on playing good football. “It’s not necessarily about winning, as long as the team plays well and scores goals I am happy. The boys have learnt to pass the ball about well, through rules such as every player has to make a pass before the team can score, which helps everyone work together and encourages more passing."
But, there were some challenges that had to be overcome. The team needed to be completely reshaped, and also more players were needed to be brought in which meant a lot of change. After the clubs squad was doubled and formations were sorted, they still didn’t feel set up.
However, Taylor has a thought on how this transaction can be made easier. “A club could have two teams, like a Scone Thistle black and red, and then the two teams could merge at the end of the season.”
But this hasn’t stopped the team from doing their best, and it’s paid off well so far. Taylor says the boys prefer playing this set up a lot more. “The boys prefer it more because it feels a lot more like proper football.” This has probably affected their attitude for the best, as it is clear they are enjoying playing this season. So far the team are scoring a lot of goals but not conceding many, with strong results such as 3-1 against Luncarty in their last game and 6-1 against Breadalbane the week before.
The rest of the season looks promising, with some very talented players in the team who can take them to the title. But there is always that problem for a manager of other teams taking your star players. “Some players get taken away, and you want them to do well but you also want them to stay with the club.” Last season two players left to St. Johnstone and Alloa, but this hasn’t affected the team’s performance this season as there are still plenty of great players.
Scone Thistle have Jeanfield Swifts Black up next, and hopefully they can carry on their good form as it is sure to be a tough game.