Mearns Football Weekly: January Week Four 2019: Stonehaven Athletic Keep The Pressure On, Quotes From Tommy King of The Club, Stonehaven Out of McLeman Cup & More!

Stonehaven Athletic thrashed Feughside as they continue their bid for promotion, this week NE98 speak to Tommy King of the club, Stonehaven Juniors have been knocked out the cup and the weather continues to wreak havoc with two Mearns sides seeing their fixtures called off this past weekend.

  Stonehaven Athletic knocked six past mid-table Feughside in the Divison Two North. Athletic now sit third, with a game in hand over second placed Kemnay Amateurs who are just two points ahead, and four points behind leaders FC Polska.

Sawyer netted four times for Athletic, while Stout and Bruce notched one each. Sawyer has now scored 22 goals this season, a tally which the club’s Facebook account has described as a “Fantastic return” and the page also revealed the club have now set the striker a target of 35 goals for the campaign.

NE98 spoke to Athletic’s Tommy King:

“Last week’s result was great but the performance was more pleasing as we played some great stuff and in all honesty should of scored more.”

Athletic host Kemnay in the league this weekend, Tommy told us just how important the fixture is for the club:

“We have had a players suspended the last few games, so this weekend’s game against Kemnay we should have a near enough full squad to choose from.”

“The game this Saturday against Kemnay is massive as we are a point behind them and a win would put us above them and we should still have a game in hand, so if we have any aspirations of going for the league title we will need to win on Saturday.”

Tommy also gave us some insight into why the club has enjoyed success for the most part this season:

“we have a decent squad but it’s the squad that if we’re going to have any success that will get us over the line, especially when it comes to near the end of the season and midweek games take place, we have about 17/18 decent players so it’s good environment at the moment with everyone keen to play their part.”

Stonehaven Juniors have exited the McLeman Cup at the first round after a 3-2 home loss to Dyce Juniors. Calum Watson scored twice for the home side, but Paul Esselmont, Mark Bartlet and Ian Leith scored for Dyce to cancel the goals out.

Stoney’s Facebook said the result was down in most-part to a combination of “Outstanding goalkeeping from the Dyce number one.” And “Some disappointing decisions going against us.”

While the cup exit will be frustrating for Martyn Rollo’s side, it might come as a blessing in disguise. As the club fight for their survival in the McBookie Superleague it removes a potential distraction in cup football.

Stonehaven travel to the Meadows to face Ellon United on Saturday, Ellon currently sit tenth in the league table.

Cowie Thistle claimed an impressive away win against 6th placed Old Aberdonians – Smith, Lovick and Nicol the scorers for Cowie, James Steele got Aberdonians only goal of the game as Cowie ran out 3-1 winners.

The result sees Cowie sitting 3rd in the Premier Divison table. A title challenge could be on if Thistle win all five of their games in hand over top of the table Sportsmans Club – who are currently 17 points ahead – although Woodside who are four points ahead of Cowie also have the same five games in hand over the league toppers – nonetheless, it could be an exciting end to the season should Cowie and Woodside get positive results from their masses of games to play.

Cowie were full of praise for their opponents following the game, after Aberdonians suggested switching the game to being played in Stonehaven, despite having already played there this season, to avoid a call off/

Cowie’s Facebook page said:

“Credit must be given to Old Aberdonians for giving up home advantage and suggesting the switch to Stonehaven despite having already played here in the league, nice to see a team actually wanting to play a game given the last few weeks and the call offs Cowie have had.”

It’s a home game in the league up next for Cowie as they host Cove Thistle.

Fellow Premier Divison side St Laurence didn’t have as much success while in cup action this weekend. The Laurencekirk side were thrashed 6-2 by Division One East side Tolbooth – a club that could be playing in the Premier Divison next season considering their current form.

Jamie Johnson and Murray Smith grabbed goals in a game that was described as “mad”.

The club’s Facebook page said:

“How we lost all of our goals, by our standards, should have been preventable. Time for us to stop “learning from our mistakes” and stepping up.”

St Laurence also have a home game this weekend in the Premier Division, welcoming Insch.

AC Mill Inn and Bervie Caledonian both had their games fall victim to the weather. Inn were set to face Insch in the Kintore Trophy Association Trophy Second round and Bervie missed out on a Division One North away game to University.

AC Mill Inn’s wait for their next game will continue, they do not have a fixture this weekend. Meanwhile, Bervie and University will attempt to reply the fixture that was intended to take place last weekend.

 Fixtures in the Mearns this weekend:

Ellon United Vs Stonehaven, The Meadows, Ellon – Saturday, 2:00PM Kick-Off

Cowie Thistle Vs Cove Thistle, Mineralwell Park, Stonehaven – Saturday, 2:00PM Kick-Off

St Laurence Vs Insch, Memorial Park, Laurencekirk – Saturday, 2:00PM Kick-Off

University Vs Bervie Caledonian, Balgownie, Aberdeen – Saturday, 2:00PM Kick-Off

Stonehaven Athletic Vs Kemnay Amateurs, Jim Glennie Park, Stonehaven, Saturday, 2:00PM Kick-Off

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