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Bonnyrigg Rose Pumas aim for Division Two progress

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Bonnyrigg Rose Pumas 2002s are hoping to push on next season, as they aim to consolidate their position in the South East Region YFL Division Two, a league which they initially found challenging to adjust to last season.

Speaking to Youth Football Scotland, the man at the helm of the Midlothian side, John Sime, discussed the difficulty in which they found adjusting to division two last season. He said: "We had a tough start at 11-a-sides, and maybe Division Two was a league too high."

"We did however win seven games and lost another six or seven by just the odd goal, so by the end of the season we were not actually that far away."

There is an obvious difficulty in balancing two of the key factors in grassroots football, development and results, but Bonnyrigg paired the two well last season.

"We tried to balance results and points with continuing to give all the boys sufficient game time.  Our general feeling is that football development goes out the window for many teams in favour of winning games to get points," Sime said.

"We have strengthened our squad during the close season and hope to improve our league position in the coming season."

The Rose have been efficient in recruiting reinforcements for the coming season, with four new players already signing up for next season. Sime says that he "looks forward to seeing how they do."

He is very aware of the challenges that lay ahead of his side in the coming campaign.

"Division Two will be very competitive this coming season with three or four teams having gone up to Division One, as well as some really good teams coming up from the third division," Sime said.

"We had an awful time in most of the cups [last season], losing three on penalty shoot outs, so we need to practice penalties for sure!"

As for Bonnyrigg's final aims for next season, building on the progress of last season is the key for them. Sime said: "We are not setting our sights too high, but it would be good to get up to mid-table this coming season."

Good luck to Bonnyrigg Rose Pumas, competing in the under-14 SERYFL Division Two next season.

Gregor Kerr | YFS South East Region Journalist
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