With six games played so far this season, Newmachar United remain undefeated in the top spot of the ADJFA U16’s League B. Paul Greig, one of the coaches for Newmachar United, spoke exclusively to YFS about their season so far and their aims as the season progresses.
Greig said, “We are delighted with our team’s performance to date. We have a great team spirit, take nothing for granted and we take one game at a time with our feet firmly on the ground. Every training session and every game is a challenge for us to keep developing and becoming stronger from week to week.”
Reflecting on last season, Greig noted his side’s improvements. “We have strengthened the squad this season from last season and the start that we have had is excellent,” he said. “We are about six points better off than last season.”
He then looked ahead to their upcoming games. “We have a cup game against Lewis United from the A League coming up soon which is a challenge,” Greig said. “We will use the game as another way to see how far we have come from previous seasons and to help in our development to where we need to be for the future. Our aim is to win B League and go up to A League to compete with the top teams.”
However even at this early stage in the season, it is clear that Newmachar have some tough rivals who will also challenge for the top spot. Glentanar CFC and Banchory Boys Eagles are also undefeated so far this season, having played three games each. Davie Hector, manager of Banchory Boys Eagles, also spoke to YFS about the thrills and challenges of their season.
Emphasising that it was still early days, Hector suggested that there is room for improvement in his team’s performances, considering consistency to be key. “The season has been a bit stop-start in terms of regularity of matches,” he said. “Also at this age, a lot of players work on Saturdays and, coupled with injuries which seem to be more common at this level, it is difficult to get a regular team. This has been one of the biggest challenges so far.”
Hector described last season as completely different to this season. “Last season we were in A League,” he said. “They played okay but they play much better in the B League.”
This Saturday, the side will play Culter in the Scottish Cup and this will be a challenging game for the team. “We’ve never made it to the National stages of the Scottish Cup,” Hector said. “If we were to make those stages this season, it would be challenging and interesting for us!”
However their aims for this season are focused on the league, and on the team itself. “We want promotion back to the A League, and we’d like to win the league,” Hector said. “But I want to do the best that I can with the players,” he added. “It’s about them enjoying the game!”
There can only be one winner at the end of the season and YFS wish all the teams in the ADJFA U16’s League B all the best in their League campaigns.