From Pilton to Maryhill…and Back Again

Posted on Friday, September 26th, 2014

There is a theme as we face a double header this weekend against teams from Maryhill, Glasgow. First up we travel to take on BSC Glasgow in the Lowland League tie on Saturday. The match is the first time we’ve faced BSC following the sides election to the set up. BSC currently play their home games at Lochburn Park which is the home of Maryhill Juniors.

The Glasgow side have had an impressive start to the season and currently sit in 7th place, just four points behind us. The west coast side come into the game following a hard fought point in a 2-2 draw away to Gala Fairydean and have also appointed former East Kilbride manager Iain King this week, adding some more experience of the league to the side.

Manager Dougie Samuel is once again without a number of important first team players, but hopes those coming in take their chance.

Tomorrow is Iain King’s first game in charge, which means BSC will be fired up for the game. Kevin Sivewright and Jack Beesley have not recovered from knocks they picked up last week, Donal Henretty is unavailable and Gary Cennerazzo is 50/50 at best. It means several changes to a winning side, however it offers a chance for those who missed out last week to come in and do well as we look to extend our unbeaten run.

The game kicks off at Lochburn Park at 3pm.

In the 2nd part of our Maryhill Double Header this weekend, our u20s host Partick Thistle on Sunday in the 2nd Round of the Scottish Youth Cup. The u20s have had a superb start to the season and are top of the East of Scotland Uder-20 League and have scored an impressive 23 goals in four games.

Manager Les Atkinson is fully aware his side face another level of challenge this weekend.

“This will undoubtedly be a very tough test for the boys but one we are looking forward to. To help with our preparation for this tie we played the seniors on Tuesday night in a closed door friendly to assist with our preparation for the game. Despite losing 4-2 I felt the boys acquitted themselves well across the park and showed why are already on senior forms. I was pleased with everyone’s application and understanding of our shape. The game allowed us to replicate the pace and quality of play we can expect from Partick as it will no doubt be step up from our usual . I will be asking our squad to go out and simply enjoy the occasion and hopefully build on our excellent start to the current season where we have now played four league games and have yet to taste defeat.”

“Squad wise it is good to see Kris Buchanan back playing this us again season after being out for 10 months with his injury. Also a really pleasing aspect for me has been the integration of our new signings to the squad. Not only have they brought us more depth and quality but they moved seamlessly into our way our Spartans way of playing.”

“Finally we know how difficult the task will be today especially after getting Hearts at the same stage last season. We can use that game as a benchmark to the standards we can expect from our opponents and if we can emulate our performance that day we will not be far away. One thing I am sure of is that the boys will do themselves and the Spartans shirts proud no matter the result.”

The u20s play Partick Thistle at Ainslie Park on Sunday, kick off is at 3.30pm. Entry is £5/£3. All under 15s get in for free and season tickets are valid. We hope a strong Spartan support can come along and support the side.

Next Fixture

Date: Saturday 13th April
Opponent: Stranraer FC
Venue:Ainslie Park
Competition: SPFL 2
Kick off: 3.00pm

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