Mearns Football Weekly: December Week Two 2018: Bervie semi final loss, Danny Melvin quotes, Athletic closing in & more!

Bervie Caledonian lost out on a place in the Rainbow City Taxis Stephen Shield final after conceding a late goal in a 3-2 loss to Rattrays XI. This week NE98 speaks to Bervie’s coach Danny Mevlin about the disappointment and how it can spur the team on for the remainder of the league season.

Craig McKenzie and David Salmond were the scorers in the clubs league cup competition but a free kick ten minutes from time crushed hopes of a cup success.

Bervie still do sit fourth in the Division One North and with multiple games in hand hopes of a promotion challenge are still very much alive.

That is still the goal for Bervie and Danny Mevlin hopes they can turn this frustration into a league triumph.

Danny Melvin:

“It’s always disappointing to lose in a Semi-final. The game was very even against one of the strongest teams in our league which could have gone either way.”

“I can’t fault my players for their effort but we need to make these 50/50 games go our way when we get back to league business if we want to achieve our goal of winning promotion.”

“All the best to Rattrays in the cup final.”

The long wait for more league football for Melvin’s team continues this weekend, however.

Bervie host Premier Division Insch in the third round of The Rainbow City Taxis Aberdeen FC Trophy.

Last week we spoke to Stonehaven’s coach Martyn Rollo, he was confident the club could go on from their two draws in a row to begin picking up wins.

READ: Rollo on the season so far…

It didn’t quite go that way this past weekend with the Hive losing 2-0 to Dyce Juniors.

The loss puts Stoney bottom of the table on goal difference, a situation Rollo will want to resolve quickly, considering many sides ahead of Stoney have games in hand. However, there are just six points between Stonehaven in 14th and Ellon United, on the half way spot of seventh.

It won’t get any easier for Rollo’s Stonehaven. They’ll host Banks O’Dee, who have won the previous three SuperLeague titles this Saturday.

Cowie Thistle played hosts to table toppers Sportsmans Club on Saturday, eventually losing 1-0 in a tight and competitive fixture.

Cowie are fourth, with as much as six games in hand over one of the teams ahead of them – Cove Thistle.

Cowie host mid-table Old Aberdonains this Saturday.

Meanwhile, also in the Premier Division, St Laurence played out a thrilling 3-3 draw with Insch. Insch, who sit bottom of the league, really caused complications for sixth placed saints. Many may have felt this one would go the way it often has for Insch this season – that was not the case.

Laurence Bayfield, who was named man of the match and centre backs Euan Duff & Connor Sandeman were the scorers for St Laurence.

The Laurencekirk side will be involved in cup action this Saturday, travelling to New Advocates Park to face Stoneywood East End in a second round Rainbow City Taxis Aberdeen FC Trophy clash.

AC Mill Inn sit fifth in the Division One East after a 2-2 draw with Beacon Rangers this past weekend.

Inn are involved in a third round Aberdeen FC Trophy match this weekend, hosting Glentanar Reflex of the Division Two North.

Speaking of the Divison Two North, Stonehaven Athletic secured a hard fought three points after beating University Colts 3-2. Cameron Stout, Lewie Sawyer and Paul Gunn grabbing a goal each.

Athletic now sit third and a couple wins in their two games in hand would sit them second, just a point off of FC Polska at the summit.

It’s an away game for Athletic this Saturday, they’ll face Auchnagatt Barons who sit 10th.

This weekend’s Mearns fixtures –

Stonehaven Vs Bank O’Dee at Glenury Park, Stonehaven (Saturday, 1:30)

Stoneywood East End v St Laurence at New Advocates Park (Saturday, 1:30)

Cowie Thistle v Old Aberdonians at Mineralwell Park, Stonehaven (Saturday, 1:30)

AC Mill Inn v Glentanar Reflex at Jim Glennie Park, Stonehaven (Saturday, 2:00)

Bervie Caledonian v Insch at Booth Park, Gourdon (Saturday, 1:30)

Auchnagatt Barons v Stonehaven Athletic at Auchnagatt (Saturday, 1:30)


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