Sammy’s Soundbite: ‘One more sleep’ as new Lowland League adventure awaits

Posted on Friday, August 9th, 2013

Together with 11 other Clubs we embark on a new Lowland League adventure tomorrow.  Some people have said to me it’s the first step on a journey to the SFL for our Club however, I believe the road to the SFL is one this Club has been travelling on now for over 10 years. 

A fantastic run of sustained success under Micky, Sam & Co, married to the creation of our fantastic Academy facilities, means that ‘The Spartans’ are arguably already on their way, so to speak.  How long the crucial final stage of the journey takes will depend on results on the park, albeit these will be determined by lots of different factors.

I believe the challenge we face on the park has never been greater.  One glance at pre-season results for all of the other Teams tells us that we are entering into a strong, competitive league.  Last year, WWFC, Gretna, Edinburgh City and ourselves all lifted silverware.  It wouldn’t surprise me to see the trophies spread around 4 or 5 Teams once again this coming season.

Dalbeattie Star and Gretna 2008 will be extremely difficult to beat, both will compete for honours, whilst we already have 1st hand experience of how difficult it will be to beat Threave Rovers.  Stirling University will be desperate to win a trophy after a trophy-less season last year, whilst the double winners Whitehill Welfare will be hugely determined to stay at the top of the pile.  In addition, other Teams such as ‘The City’ and Vale of Leithen have strengthened this past summer and will be extremely tough to beat.  In short, there will be no easy games, which is what makes the new Lowland League all the more challenging and exciting for everyone involved.

First up for our new squad is a derby vs. our local rivals Edinburgh City at Meadowbank Stadium.  On looking over the fixtures for the first few weeks of the season, there’s no doubt we have been handed a difficult start.  Just now, like most other squads we have players missing, also players still searching for match fitness.  Definitely missing tomorrow are Beacher (suspended), Bremner (holiday) and Gilpin (injured), whilst the game has come too early for Ali MacKinnon, who returned from his summer holidays yesterday.  Everyone else is available for selection and raring to go.

‘One more sleep’ and the new adventure begins.  On behalf of everyone at Spartans, I’d like to wish everyone in the Lowland & East of Scotland leagues ‘all the best’ for the season ahead.


Next Fixture

Date: 23/07/24
Opponent: Forfar Athletic
Venue:Ainslie Park
Competition: Premier Sports Cup
Kick off: 7.45pm

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