Stonehaven Youth Football Club Under 19s coach Richard Thomas has admitted that they are frustrated in having limited game action this campaign.
The south Aberdeenshire based outfit have only played 12 games since the start of the season and 3 of these games have been in the league.
Richard spoke about his frustration when he said “It is frustrating over the winter months particularly when you are trying to gather momentum after the lads have played well in a previous week.
“You are constantly battling to keep them match fit. At the minute we train inside during the winter in a small gym which is not ideal but you soon learn how to adapt and get the best out of the situation.
“Hopefully next season we will have access to the new all-weather pitch in Stonehaven which will provide more options on what we can work on. Although even all-weather pitches are not immune to the Scottish weather and safety is always a priority.
“It is not ideal that’s for sure and you have to keep the lads focused when they have not played for a while. It is a problem that needs to be looked at but it’s not easy and that’s why year on year unfortunately football is not being played.
“There are always opinions on the matter which you often hear being discussed but ultimately it is down to the ADJFA to decide what is best and they have a tough job as it is to keep the leagues running.
“One option for me though would be looking into playing midweek games at the beginning of the season. After a summer break everyone cannot wait to get back to football and a few extra games mid-week could help the situation.”
Thomas has been busy behind the scenes and look upon the season so far by saying “The season so far on a whole has been positive, you can’t complain when you are still in two cups and picking up points in the league. It is a competitive league this year and there are a number of teams that will take points off each other which keeps it interesting."
“What you don’t see though is all the hard work that goes on in the background. There may have been games called off but the committee is still extremely busy working towards the SFA Community Club award and fingers crossed we should achieve this in time for the awards this month.
“I have been working closely with the local Junior team, a couple of amateur teams and the ladies to form Stonehaven Community Football Club. Also personally I was invited to be part of the SFA/AFC Coaching Development Group which has had some great sessions with Neil Simpson, Craig Brown and Tony Doherty and as coach coordinator at SYFC I try to improve the club from what I pick up at these sessions.
“With only playing three games in the league it is difficult to predict how the season will go but I have confidence in the lads that they will continue to do well. I love a cliché but taking every game as it comes is probably more apt for youth football than at any other level. Every coach in youth football knows that some weeks you can be world beaters and the following week it can all go wrong.”