Mearns Football Weekly is a new column here on NE98 that will delve into the fortunes of Football clubs local to the area of the Mearns in North East Scotland.
The area’s highest ranking club, McBookie North Region Juniors side Stonehaven have risen to 9th in the table.
After a difficult start to the season Stoney got their third win of the season this past weekend, beating Dyce Juniors 3-2. The win puts Martyn Rollo’s side on the verge of the top half and gives them a five point gap from the automatic relegation places.
Things are tight right up from the relegation playoff spot – currently occupied by Hall Russell United – to the top half of the table. So Stoney will be looking over their shoulders as they look to secure a more advantageous position.
It’s back to cup action this weekend for Stonehaven. They’ll travel to face Culter on Saturday with a 2pm kick off in the second round of the Domino’s Pizza North Regional Cup. Rollo’s side defeated Aberdeen University in the first round.
In the amateur ranks just two Mearns side were in action. Both in separate cups.
Cowie Thistle have progressed to the third round of the Rainbow City Taxis Aberdeen FC Trophy. Cowie were victorious with a 4-0 away victory over Westdyce.
Stonehaven Athletic and FC Polska have been battling it out for the Division Two North top spot this season. So when the two were drawn together in the quarter-final of the Rainbow City Taxis Castle Rovers Cup, a fantastic match was expected.
A fantastic match is what those in attendance got. 3-3 in normal time, followed by another goal each in extra time took the match to penalties.
A double a piece from Athletics’ strike force Sawyer and Mitchell on the day was not quite enough. A loss in sudden death of the penalties was the result in the end for Athletic.
Athletic trail table toppers Polska by seven points in the league, although in typical Amateur league fashion, they’ve got four games in hand – Athletic are yet to drop points in the league and have conceded just five goals all season.
There is plenty of action coming up this weekend for the Mearns sides.
The Rainbow City Taxis Aberdeen FC Trophy second round continues. AC Mill Inn will host Westdyke at Jim Glennie Park in Stonehaven. Plus Bervie Caledonian host Monymusk at Booth Park in Gourdon.
St Laurence will host Stoneywood East End in the Soccer World Premier Division. The game will be hosted at Memorial Park Laurencekirk. Meanwhile Stonehaven Athletic are back in league action, travelling to take on Kemnay Amateurs at Kemnay Academy.
All games will kick off at 2pm.
Look out for Mearns Football next week, with results from all of those fixtures and more exclusive quotes.