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Having joined the South East Region Divsion 2 almost halfway through the season last year, a 5th place finish wasn't too shabby for Livingston FCBC. The aim this season is to improve of that and challenge for the league title this campaign, and they are certainly on their way to doing so thus far.
 
That 'never say die' attitude is circulated a lot in football these days, but the results that Livingstone have picked up so far this season really are down to that. "We have picked up too many draws for our liking, but we always play right to the final whistle, and that's what has got us those draw. We have only been beaten once so far, so that's great testament to the attitude of these boys".
 
Sitting five points clear at the top of division 2 at the halfway stage couldn't of made Jamieson more happy with his players, and the aim for the second half of the season is to keep going the way they are going. "We really can't complain given our current league placing, so we have to give the boys a lot of credit for this and our target is to continue playing to the high standards we have already set"
 
"We go into every game with the same attitude". Priorities in terms of competitions are non-existent in Jamieson's eyes, and unfortunately for Livingston they haven't been able to give the cups a real go as they were knocked out of three competitions in the early rounds. However, is this a blessing in disguise? The current league position would suggest so.
 
The key to success is having a large squad, and with the injuries and suspensions Livingston have suffered this season, it has paid no price as the squad has great strength in depth to deal with any issues.Nothing unusual, we have had injuries and suspensions but our squad has proven to be big enough and strong enough to cope with any issues. 
 
"We lost five players and brought in four for the start of the season, and we also added another player two months into the season. The most pleasing thing is that all new players have contributed significantly to the team. Overall we have a very good bunch of boys with a great work ethic and the mentality amongst the group is very strong".
 
"We are delighted with our season so far overall. The attitude and commitment levels have been first class and long may it continue" Jamieson hopes his side can continue the form they have shown so far and push on to finish as high up the table as they can. 
Thursday, 07 January 2016 15:23

High flyers with high Hutchie standards

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With an aim from the start of the season to achieve silverware, one might think that the Hutchison Vale Colts Under 14's might have had extra pressure on them. However, as the results show with only two league defeats so far, they seem to be right on track and bursting with confidence. "We are right on track to challenge and achieve those targets", says head coach Paul MacBeath.
 
McBeath can feel the positive vibe flowing through the camp, but he believes there is no sign of overconfidence. "It will be a tight division, Bonnyrigg Rose, North Berwick, Peebles, Cavalry Park have all shown some consistent league form so far this season and will come down to the head-to-head ties with each other to determine who comes out on top. We want to win the league, it's as simple as that".

Every team wants to win every game and competition they play in, and when we asked McBeath about the priorities he has in regards to league over cup, or vice-versa, he feels there is no such thing as priorities. "We want to win trophies, so of course the cup games are just as important, but we do not prioritise any one competition"
 
Being defeated in the Scottish Cup 2-1 by Musselburgh Athletic, and in the South East Region Cup on penalties by Bathgate was a bit of a blow for Hutchie with those being the biggest two competitions in the region. However, the team are still sitting top of the table, and are still in all other cup competitions. Fighting on as many fronts as possible will give the players belief that can win the silverware they so desire.

McBeaths' phone was ringing non-stop throughout pre-season with players wishing to join the prestigious Hutchison Vale. Many new signings were made and the head coach is very pleased with the quality he acquired and high interest from trialists during the summer, the head coach can be very pleased with the added quality acquired throughout the sunny season. One of the newcomers, striker Lucas Hoenigmann, has added six hat-tricks to his tally in the season, and is one of the many great players responsible for the current success achieve at Hutchinson Vale Colts Under 14's.

 
Fixture: Earlston Rhymers v Dunbar United Colts
Competition: Kenny McLean Cup 
Date: Sunday 13th December 2015
 
Dunbar were in cup action at the weekend and with the Rhymers pitch still resembling a paddling pool, and a heavy overnight frost forecast for the Borders, the Earlston coach kindly opted to travel to Hallhill, Dunbar.  

The goals were set-up with a light frost sitting on the surface but by kick off time, the pitch was soft and looked tricky to play on.  Dunbar defied these conditions and settled from the start.  The Rhymers had been out of action for a number of weeks and the Seasiders looked to expose this rustiness early on. Within minutes of the kick off Hood looked lively down the left and Renton was presented with the first chance of the match but could only put it over the bar. 

5 minutes in and a great passing move did see the deadlock broken.  Knox picked up the ball in midfield and shipped it wide to Hood.  His through ball found Renton skipping by his marker – the move was slick and Renton squared for Twist who simply passed the ball into the net to round off an excellent move.

Dunbar were dominating early possession and all players were involved.  Sutherland and Ford were pushing high from the full-back position and overloading the Rhymers defence.  Brunton, Hall, Smillie and Knox sat in the middle as Dunbar patiently built from back to front.  Pickles was employed further up the pitch and he was a good foil for Ford who was bursting forward from right back with increasing regularity.

Dunbar doubled their lead with 10 minutes played.  A sharp pass from Smillie to the feet of striker Renton saw the frontman control the ball before turning a great pass round the corner as Knox burst through from his own half.  He continued his run all the way into the box and finished well, showing great energy and composure.

Dunbar were aware the Rhymers were rusty and used their substitues well, rolling players on and off, early in the game. 

The Earlston team settled into the game at last and showed good shape and strong defending.  They were neat and tidy in possession and with Dunbar defending high, did have a few chances at goal.  On one occasion, Brunton recovered well to put in a challenge as the striker shaped to shoot while Purves showed his strength lies in dealing with a 1 v 1 and emerged on top as the Blues number 9 worked his way into the box. 

Jones and Mclean were introduced to the Dunbar team and such is the Dunbar strength, there was no break in the pattern or passing of the ‘home’ team.  Renton was unusually wasteful in front of goals although Dodds in the Earlston goal was having a good game. 

Half time approached as Dunbar carved a final chance.  A well-worked short corner routine between Renton and Jones saw the ball worked into the middle – Hood knocked the ball down but Knox dragged his effort wide.

Half Time: Earlston Rhymers 0-2 Dunbar United Colts

Dunbar brought Foggo and Balmforth-Tait on in the second period and Dunbar started the half brightly again.  Foggo linked with Twist who slipped Mclean in with a great pass – Mclean, now playing further forward, could only shoot over the bar.

Another exquisite through ball from Twist found Knox and this time the big man made no mistake.  He shot with the outside of his right foot and the ball sneaked under the Rhymers keeper and into the corner of the net. 

It should be noted at this stage that the referee was enjoying a particularly good game.  He was clearly a good listener as he could be heard praising and encouraging both sets of players, and calling them by their first name.  It certainly contributed to a game played in very good spirits.  He also agreed to the game going ahead in Dunbar and he showed no signs of jet lag with his performance (Selkirk are GMT – 10 years).

Dunbar were stringing plenty of passes together and Balmforth-Tait and Foggo down the right were linking brilliantly.  In fact, Balmforth-Tait at right back was playing like Alves, pushing forwards and I’m guessing a pass completion rate of at least 99.9%.

Dunbar produced chances but were finding an inspired keeper in Dodds keeping the Rhymers in it.  Mclean was put through and the Earlston number 1 showed bravery as he saved at the feet of the Seasiders forward.  Next to be denied was Smillie – Renton swung a corner in and to all on the touchlines, it looked like a Smillie bullet header was goal bound but Dodds threw himself at it and saved brilliantly. 

He could do nothing to prevent Dunbar scoring a 4th.  Twist and Foggo drew the keeper, and a neat pass inside to Mclean saw him turn and fire into the empty net. 

The best save of the game was still to come when Renton found space in the box, his shot across goal looked destined to stretch the net but Dodds dived low and his hand kept the busy Renton at bay.

Renton was not to be denied however and he never likes to go a game without a goal.  His endeavour was finally rewarded as he struck home Dunbar’s fifth of the game and his 38th of the season. 

Earlston were still looking to play and their team shape was very good throughout.  They still looked dangerous on the attack and Jones and Pickles were quick to cover on a few occasions, while Jones was watchful as he made his way across from left back to make a great clearing tackle down the middle.  Purves was keen to keep a clean sheet and despite long periods of inactivity was on hand to produce good saves when called upon. 

Dunbar played with great maturity and with very patient football. They never once deviated from their passing game and created numerous chances. Missing in the Dunbar armoury this season has been a Sutherland pile-driver. The talented left footer only scores spectacular goals and he decided to treat the crowd to a special that has been left in the locker for too long. Taking possession from outside the box he unleashed a fierce effort that rocketed into the far corner of the net for his first of the season. 

Even rarer than hen’s teeth are goals from Dunbar right back Ford.  He was attacking well throughout and found himself in the box with Dunbar’s last attack of the game  – he didn’t know quite when to shoot and found himself on the ground with the Rhymers defender puzzled as to how Ford got there. The referee said nothing and blew for full time.

Full Time: Earlston Rhymers 0-6 Dunbar United Colts

It is league action and a home fixture for the Dunny boys in their final game of 2015 when AC Oxgangs visit Hallhill on Sunday 20thDecember.

 
 
Wednesday, 16 December 2015 17:20

Windsor strike it lucky over in form Redhall

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Fixture: Musselburgh Windsor FC v Redhall Star YFC
Competition: South East Region YFL U16 Division 2
Venue: Pinkie 3G
Date: Sunday 13th December 2015
 
Redhall Star clashed with Musselburgh Windsor but a disappointing performance had Redhall returning home pointless as they went down 1-0 at Pinkie 3G. The game was a stalemate at half time with neither side able to take control. A poor 20 minute spell by Redhall at the start of the second half had them going behind. Improvement in the final 20 minutes after a number of changes almost levelled the game but Windsor held on to claim the points.

Cold, frosty, and a frozen 3G for this Division 2 clash which Windsor got underway. Both teams were on decent runs and would be keen to keep the momentum going. Redhall created the first chance as good work between Josh Slow-clayton and Antony Little ended with Sam Donachie flicking the ball wide of the target.

Windsor had a great chance to take the lead but Redhall keeper Ryan Green was out to superbly save the effort from the Windsor midfielder who had burst into the box. A Redhall free kick from Calum Henderson had the Windsor keeping sprawling about before the ball was eventually cleared. Grant Doyle and Little then combined but Grant hurried his shot instead of showing more composure and the ball flew wide.

Both sides were cancelling each other out as the tackles were fierce and the chances limited. Redhall won a free kick on the edge of the Windsor area after Slow-clayton was fouled. He dusted himself down, hit the free kick into the wall and his follow up effort was well wide of the target.

Half time: Musselburgh Windsor 0-0 Redhall Star YFC

Into the second half and it was Windsor who started to take control. Marc Hannah and Ewan Mitchell were holding the Redhall defence together as the pressure increased. Green was called upon with a fine diving save at the feet of the Windsor forward. The midfield battle was swinging in favour of the home side but no clearcut chances were being created.

Green was called into action as he gathered in a shot from 20 yards as Anderson was then yellow carded for a trip on the Windsor playing charging forward. The free kick into the area was well held by Green. The visitors were struggling to get a foothold in the game and went behind from their own free kick. An free kick from outside the Redhall area was lost by Slow-clayton. Windsor poured forward and a neat pass through the midfield had the striker through on goal. The shot was slipped past Green as he advanced from his goal, into the net for the first goal to Windsor.

Redhall reacted with three changes in an attempt to get back into the game. Pass over the top had Donachie racing onto the ball but his shot from distance was just wide of the target with the keeper beaten. A spark from the visitors. Slow-clayton was then strangely yellow carded for a tackle which wasn’t even given as a free kick and no one had even claimed foul.

Robbie Campbell and Tommy Hendry were starting to have an influence on the game and a dangerous cross from Hendry was scrambled behind for a corner. Henderson threw in the corner which just evaded Donachie. Redhall were having a go and from their next attack they should have levelled the game. Campbell and slow-clayton exchanged passes with the final ball finding Donachie, 12 yards from goal. Donachie controlled but fired straight at the keeper with the rebound falling to Hendry who also fired his effort straight at the keeper. Redhall should have levelled.

Windsor were content to sit in and hit on the break. Neat piece of skill from the Windsor winger created a chance as he burst down the left wing but his final cross into the area was well claimed by Green. Redhall poured forward in search of the equaliser as Adam Robertson fired in a shot from 25 yards. A cross from Adam Shortiss ended with the Windsor keeper dropping the ball. A Redhall leg was on the end of it but Windsor scrambled the ball clear as the home side held on for the points.

Full time: Musselburgh Windsor 1-0 Redhall Star YFC

Not the best performance from Redhall as too many were off their game today. Disappointing for the unbeaten run to come to an end so tamely. The game itself was a little disappointing as both teams failed to create many chances. Once Windsor led they were content to sit in and protect
 
 
Loanhead Miners are having quite a season both on the field and off of it. With the recent “Best Volunteer in Youth Football” given to the club`s secretary, Peter Frame and the 19s marching on in the SYFA Youth Cup and facing the semi-final of the South East Region Cup, they also are celebrating the lasting partnership with Colin Campbell Sports.
 
"LMYFC have used Colin Campbell Sports for numerous years. Simple, good service and quality prices", states Peter Frame.
 
For the club, which has been attracting interest from scouts through the success of their small sided teams (4s, 5s and 7s), when Colin Campbell Sports moved from Ratcliffe Terrace shop to Inverleith, it would have made sense to try and find somewhere closer to the club, but why change a working relationship to a doubtful one? Peter believes that there were no reason for change: "Colin Campbell Sports is reliable and trustworthy. So why move, when nothing is broken?’
 
The strips acquired through the partnership are Stanno, with sky-blue strip and navy trimmings. The away colours are a reference to the Old Loanhead Mayflower Junior colours – yellow with royal. Click here to enquire about the 'Stanno Club Account' scheme where your club can earn over £5000 worth of kit.
 
Apart from strips, tracksuits, jackets, balls, speed and agility equipment were all acquired through the long-term partnership of Loanhead Miners and Colin Campbell Sports.
 
Have a look at the full range of teamwear and equipment at Colin Campbell Sports by visiting www.colincampbellsports.com.
 
Alternatively, you can call 0131 556 8605 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
Sunday, 06 December 2015 18:05

Bonny times for blossoming Rose

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• Grassroots speaks to Bonnyrigg Rose Girls and Boys about developments at the club.
• Both branches of the club have been awarded the Scottish FA Legacy award.
• Interviewees: Robin Laing, Jim Wilson
 
At Bonnyrigg Rose Girls FC (pictured right - pic: Susie Raeburn), one of the club’s main aims is to try and introduce more girls to football. With a group of youngsters that have grown from 12 players to 75 players in the last four years, the club is so far excelling.
 
“With the growth we have had it is clear to see the progress we have made, the recent Women’s World Cup has probably created more interest too,” coach Robin Laing said. 
 
Bonnyrigg Rose have always tried to do the best for the community and have recently gained their Scottish FA Legacy Award as a result of all the hard work they have done in the community, including continuing to provide a “safe environment for our girls to train and play football”. 
 
Laing said that he has high hopes for next season and wants to “keep moving our club forward and developing the good reputation we have in our region”.
 
As for the boys, Bonnyrigg Rose FC has recently reached a significant milestone in the club’s history after receiving the Scottish FA Legacy Award. Bonnyrigg Rose FC compete in the South East Region and as a Community Football (Sports) Club they are always looking to give back to their community, which has played a big role in earning the award.
 
One of Bonnyrigg’s coaches, Jim Wilson, spoke about what it means to win such a prestigious award: “It was of course important to gain the Legacy Award. However, it made us realise we were actually carrying out community tasks and providing a service to the community without realising it, much of which met the Legacy standards set by the Scottish FA.”
 
Wilson went on to say, “It brings our club closer involvement with the Scottish FA and their Development officers, who have been very supportive of the work we do. The Legacy Award raises awareness in the community and beyond and formally recognises what we do which will be important going forward in our attempts to gain sponsorship and funding for future development plans.”
 
In order to gain recognition from the Scottish FA and receive their Legacy Award, clubs have to engage with and benefit their community. Bonnyrigg’s activities include running an after school club, leading the establishment of the New Lasswade Community Hub bringing together all organisations in the Bonnyrigg area and providing secondary school students seeking Princes Trust awards with the opportunity to coach younger children and gain valuable credits towards their award.
 
Since securing the Legacy Award, the club has noticed increased interest in their youth teams. Although, there is one thing which is holding Rose back from bringing in more players, as Jim explains: “The difficulty we have is our training facilities are at saturation point and we are limited in how many more players we can take into the club.
 
"For example, our Youth Academy Director now has a waiting list for new four and five year old players as we have had to restrict him to an intake of only 30 players this year. This will however stand us in good stead once our plans for further facilities are in place."
Sunday, 06 December 2015 18:01

Edinburgh City embrace sports science approach

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• Edinburgh City are including sports science methods within their training.
• The Under-20 Lowland League team are using the training techniques, with a view to implementing the system across the club.
• Interviewee: Rob Hart
 
Football, as a game, is ever-changing and so there always needs to be vision; an idea which defines you uniquely as a club and preserves your place at the top. Whether it is through game-changing nutritional methods, inventive aerobic exercises or revolutionary training practices, coaches are always looking for an extra yard of advantage.
 
Edinburgh City FC is well and truly a club that aims to stretch boundaries. Rob Hart, sports science expert, has his sights set on taking City to the next level. Despite being a Lowland League club, they certainly do not lack ambition, if you take into consideration how speculative this approach is. Although, the rewards may be enormous.
 
Hart spoke of his strong personal ambition to introduce sports science into the grassroots game: “During my time studying Sport and Exercise Science at Edinburgh Napier University, I came across academic research, and in this case Sport Science research, that has led to many discoveries on best practices when it comes to developing athletes and coaches based on their needs through sport & healthy lifestyles,” he said.
 
“It is important to understand these physiological and psychological principles together with the correlation between sport and healthy living.
 
“There is certainly a need for further support, through sport science programmes at clubs like Edinburgh City FC for their participants, coaches and parents on nurturing healthy lifestyles.”
 
Hart’s journey through the Edinburgh City system began years ago, when he managed the 2005 age group. He was not satisfied with the then climate of our game at youth level and felt a new approach was required. With the assistance of his fellow coaching staff member, Ross McNamara, he was able to contact the youth section committee regarding his concept, with which they wholeheartedly agreed. 
 
Since then, Hart has meticulously planned and developed the programmes to be implemented with youth sides, one of them being the club’s under-20s Lowland Development Team, of which he also happens to be manager.
 
The benefits from sports science will be felt by both players and managers. With the sessions containing enjoyable, unique and educational methods of training, players will see their self-esteem soar and their style of play develop into a free-flowing and enterprising standard. 
 
Coaches will also see the advantages that come with the strategy, as they will collaborate with Edinburgh Napier University students, sharing their knowledge, ideas and experiences in order to solidify one another’s coaching credentials.
 
Long-term is the focus at City, as Hart explained. “All players at Edinburgh City FC will have the opportunity to develop in a player centred pathway, built on the needs and demands of those individuals. This will allow them to develop both physically and psychologically through football.” 
 
“We also aim to create better coaching standards, improve players’ health and fitness levels and create well-rounded footballers within the club.”
 
He added: “This in itself will encourage all at the club to continue their participation from fun 4s, soccer 7s and 11-a-side to the first team.”
 
If these risks end up paying off, then it would be fair to say that Edinburgh City would be on the verge of something special.
Sunday, 06 December 2015 17:55

Forty not out for Broxburn as Colts march on

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• Broxburn United celebrate their 40th anniversary this season.
• The West Lothian club are celebrating with a number of events over the course of the next 12 months.
• Interviewee: Marc Hagan
 
Broxburn United, founded in the 1975/76 season, are celebrating their 40th anniversary in style this year with a host of events to mark the progress they have made so far, and the progress that they will surely make in the years to come. 
 
Club Secretary Marc Hagan said: “The club was formed in 1975/76 by local volunteers Jimmy Chapman, George Samuel, Bill Simpson and Tom Pegg, through two Scout troops coming together to create Broxburn Colts.
 
"The club was competing well in local and national competitions under the influence of coaches Willie Kelly and George Samuel, both ex-professionals. In the first full season together, Colts reached the semi-final of the Scottish Cup at under-13 level where they were beaten by a talented Salvesen BC team.
 
“In the '80s and '90s, the club had started to introduce more teams, with five or six operating under the Colts banner,” Hagan said. “However we felt with an expanding community, the club could be serving more children who wanted to play football locally. In 1999, with the support of volunteers, we established a plan to take the club forward into the new millennium.”
 
He added: “Throughout the new millennium we have created a huge community spirit and our numbers have now increased to 30 teams playing football. The club was instrumental in the formation of Broxburn United Sports Club – an amalgamation of local clubs coming together to create a community sports club.
 
"Today the Colts base themselves at Albyn Park, Broxburn, alongside our colleagues Broxburn Athletic Juniors and Broxburn Amateur Boxing Club. The facilities we share today include an astroturf pitch, five grass parks, a ten-team changing area, a community room, boardroom, cafeteria and a boxing club. The investment by the local authority and other government agencies has been hugely beneficial to the Colts and the community.”
 
Hagan also explained that the club has helped to develop many players who have reached the professional and junior level of the game. “A few of our youth team coaches are ex-Broxburn Athletic Junior players who enjoy working with the young players and look to enhance player development. The experience that they bring to the club is hugely beneficial.
 
"James McDonagh played with the club and has now become assistant manager at Falkirk. He learned some of his coaching techniques at the club under the guidance of our former community coach, Joe Craig (Celtic).”
 
Broxburn United have already held their annual tournament for soccer 7s teams in June and 11s in August, but are planning further events throughout the season. “We have planned for a Girls event in February 2016 where we hope to have girls’ teams from under-9 to under-15s playing,” Hagan said. “We also plan to hold a celebration for the 40 years within Albyn Park at the end of the 2015/16 season.”
 
Having reached their 40th anniversary, the club still have ambitions for the future, says Hagan. “We are looking to develop greater engagement with the local community and business, and to continue further development of coaches education on playing the game and child protection.
 
“We want to introduce more young players to football at the club and give them more off-field experiences. We’re holding our second annual Christmas end-of-season event for boys and girls playing 7s, and will be holding the first whole club end-of-season awards ceremony in 2016.”
 
With such an incredible history, it certainly looks as though their 40th season will be an exciting one for Broxburn United.
Saturday, 05 December 2015 18:12

Scottish Lowland Football U20 League mid-season review

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After an eventful few months of action, the Under-20 Scottish Lowland Football League has reached its mid-season milestone.
 
With the senior side into the fourth round of the Scottish Cup after an impressive surprise victory over SPFL League One's Stenhousemuir, East Kilbride's young charges are also doing the club proud leading the league table on 17 points with eight games played.
 
This gives them a slender one point advantage over Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale. The Saughton side have a game in hand over their West of Scotland title rivals.
 
East Kilbride's success has been built on a rock-solid defence, which has conceded just 12 times. At the other yet, they have netted on only 19 occasions, significantly less than a number of mid-table outfits. Although clearly not free-scoring, East Kilbride have found a way to grind out narrow results like no other team in the division.
 
However, the title race remains wide open. Both Spartans and BSC Glasgow are also on 16 points, having played nine and seven games respectively. Whitehill Welfare and Edinburgh University are not far behind on 14 points after eight matches.
 
At the other end of the table, Edinburgh City have just one point to their name with half of the season remaining. The capital side have been unable to emulate the scintillating form of their senior eleven who, after romping home to the Scottish Sun Lowland Football League last campaign, are once again out in front at the league summit with Christmas fast approaching.
 
Civil Service Strollers, Cumbernauld Colts and Heriot-Watt University also look set to be part of the inevitable relegation dogfight. For Colts, however, there may be an escape as they have only played six matches so far.
 
As for the League Cup Preliminary Stages, it has been a somewhat similar story. In Section A, Lothian Thistle HV and East Kilbride finished joint top on nine points, with Edinburgh City languishing at the foot within a win or draw after four head-to-heads. In Section B, BSC Glasgow came out on top, finishing three points ahead of Cumbernauld Colts in second place.
 
Under-20 League Cup Preliminary Stage League Section A
 
TEAM                                  POINTS
 
Lothian Thistle HV             9
East Kilbride                          9
Whitehill Welfare               7
Civil Service Strollers       4
Edinburgh City                     0
 
Under-20 League Cup Preliminary Stage League Section B
 
TEAM                                  POINTS
 
BSC Glasgow                    10
Cumbernauld Colts         7
Spartans                                 4
EduSport Academy          4
Preston Athletic                 3
 
Under-20 League
 
TEAM                                       POINTS
 
East Kilbride                                 17
Lothian Thistle HV                    16
Spartans                                          16
BSC Glasgow                                 16
Whitehill Welfare                        14
Edinburgh University                 14
Preston Athletic                            13
EduSport Academy                      10
Heriot-Watt University               7
Cumbernauld Colts                      5
Civil Service Strollers                  4
Edinburgh City                                1        
Wednesday, 02 December 2015 22:00

Peebles out but not down

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Peebles U13's crashed out of the SYFA Youth Cup on Saturday, but will take plenty of positives from their run to round four of the national competition. They were the last remaining Borders based side, making it to the final 32.
 
Manager Kevin Ryalls was philosophical about his team’s 3-1 loss to Lewis United. He said: “They were a good team. We actually got off to a good start and knocked the ball about. But to be fair they were very fast, took control and scored a goal.
 
“But our goalie was phenomenal and kept it down. It was 2-0 at half time but could have been more. The last ten minutes was quite even and we got a goal back and hit the post. We could have got back into it but that would have been harsh on them as they were very good.”
 
Despite the disappointment of not going one further, being one of the final 32 in the country is no mean feat. Ryalls and his team are aware of what they have achieved. He attributes it to the togetherness and positive attitude of his squad.
 
“We have a good team spirit. There have been a couple of games where we have had to defend strongly, including Claremont in the last round. We pulled together and were brave. That is something we talk to them a lot about – the value of team spirit, learning from mistakes, being disciplined and that the team is more important.
 
“We will take confidence from this. They were gutted after the game, which is a good sign. But at training last night we had a chat about how good they have been. They have got to be really proud. In a competition like the Scottish Cup you are going to come up against good teams, but we’ve done well.”
 
Peebles are currently mid table in the South East Region Division Two, and they will now be able to turn their attentions to league affairs. They are also still in three cup competitions. Ryalls added: “We want to compete in every game and learn as we go along.
 
“They are young lads and they have got to learn about themselves as individuals as well as learning about working as a team.”
 
The Borderers will look to bounce back with an away league fixture against Edina Hibs this Sunday. Edina sit two places and four points behind them in the table.