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Hi all well it looks like we are back up and running on the playing side again. Played 2 games in the last 3 weeks which has seen us pick up 3 very welcoming points at Maud and Saturday just past – progress into the last 8 of the GA Cup. The games themselves will be under the game reports, but from the mangers dugout the performances highlighted two differing contrasts which the players seem to be coming to grasps with.
Maud saw us play fluent, fast attacking football. As where the Lochee Harp game saw the boys having to dig in, stay disciplined but fight for everything. Something that in seasons gone by we would have lost the fixtures. Steel seems to have been installed into the squad – this evident from the older and experienced players passing on this grit and determination. However, with this there is usually a price to pay and to this end we are again seeing injuries to players after each game. Young Mark Gilmore out with a twisted ankle (3 weeks) and recently returned to the club Conran Wilson; where he took a nasty stamp on his foot – metatarsal bruising seems to be his issue, which is always a difficult one to assess but likely to see him out for a couple of weeks. However, we do have players returning and things are looking promising for coming month.
On a side note, since the turn of the year we have seen some of the younger players from the local Boys Club come along to our training sessions. This has been a good exercise for all concerned and where we hope to continue at least up till the midweek games start in early April. Having worked for a number of years in the Youth Development area I know that there are a number of talented players emerging from Banchory BFC and the surrounding region and all being well, we can enhance this raw talent and hopefully will see them progress up into the Junior ranks in the next few seasons. This is no more evident than with the current squad of players were the average age of the team last week was 20 years old.
Anyway the next few weeks we see us face top opposition.
This coming Saturday we are entertaining Dufftown FC in the league. We then travel to Dyce but unsure where due to their facility been devastated in the recent flooding.
On the 12th we then welcome Banks O Dee to The Milton in the McLeman Cup, followed by the quarter final of the GA cup which should be on the 19th.
I hope that you will see yourself come along to support the boys and see the team where your support is very much welcomed.
Mon the Saints!
Finally we can welcome in the New Year having just played our first game since December the 12th.
The last 8 weeks or so has been a trying time with the Christmas lay off then bad weather affecting any chance of a game being played.
The layoff has seen some good though, with one or two players making their way back from long term injuries. Still early days for the guys but we are hoping they will start to feature in games over the coming weeks.
This time of the year is one of the most frustrating for a player and coach. Games off continually and only managing to train when a facility is available. However, we have been very fortunate with the latter and the players have been excellent in attending the sessions and not being too despondent with the cancellations.
Anyway, Last Saturday saw us travel to Maud.
The home side have seen similar changes to their team as us having a change in management and players coming and going but initial results were favourable where they defeated us at home 4-2, so we knew this was going to be a difficult encounter.
However the squad was prepared for this and put in another good display putting Maud to the sword winning 8-2. Most memorable part of the match being the first ever hat-trick in Junior football for Darren Pyper.
A good start to 2016.
This sees us having 12 league games left – each one just as important as the last. The league itself is very tight where a win can propel you up several places but a loss can knock you down as many too.
This coming Saturday see Deveronside come to The Milton. A side that has bags of experience and a physicality that we will need to match.
Having just lost out to them back in November 3-2 up in Banff we need to be at our best to grab something from this game.
KO is 2pm where we hope will see you there to support the boys!
Come on ye Saints!
Just to say that’s us just concluded our final game of 2015. What a game and result to finish 2015!
However, before I speak about that game we did have a blip a couple of weeks ago when we did not play well against Maud. The result was a bad one losing 4-2 at home; especially having come back from 2-0 down to be level with 7 minutes to go. This was a real disappointment especially having managed to grab a last minute equaliser the week before against Culter.
Not what the Doctor had ordered before the final game against rivals Cutler again! So last week we met for the 3rd time in 6 weeks. Having lost the 1st encounter and drawing the 2nd the 3rd was always going to be interesting.
This was to be a near perfection display with a thoroughly well-deserved win 6 to nil in our favour. The performance by all that took part was fantastic. Graeme, Paul and I have worked hard to instil belief, composure and determination into the guys and on the 12th of December it all clicked.
The best accolade that can be bestowed on the players was the after match applause from both sets of supporters as they trouped off the field – fitting that even in defeat Culter FC supporters and Committee were able to do this for the boys. Very impressed and thank you Culter.
So that’s our first kind of half season over. I would like to think if a report card was made out on the performances to date it would read – Team and players improving every week. However there is still room to progress in the 2nd half of the season.
Our goal is to maintain a position in the Super league which we know is still a big task but hope we can take what we have learned in the 10-12 games so far and make it work.
Finally I would just like to thank all of the players, committee and not by any means least the support we have received since taking over. The players appreciate the crowds that are now coming to the home games and even the away ones which is building great morale in the team camp.
Here‘s to a Very Merry Christmas and Prosperous New Year!
Mon the Saints!
Hi All, sorry for the delay on the blether last week folks but I was off on holiday. Anyway the latest is as follows.
The last week or so has seen a definite improvement in the squad’s fitness. This being mainly due to the training sessions that we have had which have been disciplined by Dago. His stamina regime is starting to come to the fore. I know the players have been asking for this every week and looks like it will be a main feature for the foreseeable future.
On the 2 games we have played the Hermes match was a disappointment. This is where we had a point in the bag only for a lapse in concentration in the dying minutes saw the previous winners of the Super league snatch a win. Very hard to take at the time but must say the attitude the following week was immense.
This was then shown in the league encounter (again at home) to Bridge of Don Thistle. A hard working and organised team that gained promotion last season. Here the boys took the game by the scruff of the neck and in the 2nd period raced ahead 3-0 with a hat trick from Jack Henderson. We did let our guard down again near the end but Devin restored our lead where we ran out winners 4-2.
Overall a pleasing performance before the cup game this weekend where we entertain our local neighbours Culter FC. Always a difficult encounter but one the players and management are looking forward to compete in.
So on this we hope to see you all there this coming Saturday to support the boys in blue!