It truly is the business end of the season as teams start to fight it out for position across the leagues – and Mearns sides are at the forefront of plenty battles.
St Laurence have had a difficult run in for the final stage of their season, a 5-1 loss to Scottish Cup heroes Rothie Rovers on Saturday was bad enough, but now they’ll need to face “arguably the two best teams in the league” according to manager David Easton.
Connor Sanderman picked up the only goal of the game for St Laurence who now find themselves in 5th place – with Sportsman’s Club away to come this Saturday and a game against Woodside to end the season on.
NE98 spoke to St Laurence’s manager David Easton to get his views on Saturday’s loss, and the season so far.
On Saturday’s loss, he said:
“Disappointed to lose 5-1 against a really good Rothie Rovers side. We gifted them some soft goals form our own silly mistakes. Something we need to improve on as it has happened too often this season.”
“Despite the mistakes, we played well and competed throughout the game – so some positives to take from the game.”
On the end of season run in, Easton said:
“We, unfortunately due to poor cup runs, only have two league games left and against arguably the two best teams in the league, Woodside at home and Sportsmans away.”
“We won’t be expected to pick up any points from those games but on our day, we are more than capable of causing an upset. I’m hoping we can get a positive result and performance from both games to take us into next season.”
Overall, Easton says he is pleased with his team’s performances this season, having gained promotion to the Premier Division last term.
“We never entered the Scottish Cup this season, having had very good runs to the last 32 and 64 the past two seasons, to concentrate on staying in the Premier League in our first season there.”
“Although we are not mathematically safe, I think we have done enough to stay up which is a great achievement for our club.”
“It was always going to be hard to match last season’s promotion and two cup wins and we have had to work harder for less success. We know we need to improve as a squad for next season so we can hopefully improve again.”
“Overall, when our safety is confirmed, we will see it as a good season.”
Elsewhere in the Premier Division Cowie Thistle are sitting in third place – despite a 3-1 loss to Cove Thistle on Saturday.
Robbie Lovick was the only scorer for Cowie, who’s Facebook page said: “Yet another bad result, if this level of performance is anything to by it’ll be a very long last 7 games of the season with little other than league position to play for, a big reaction needed for the local derby with Newtonhill on Wednesday night”
Keep an eye out for the score of that mid-week game on Twitter, Cowie will then have a slightly longer travel on Saturday as they face MS United.
Bervie Caley have picked up another four points in a short span of time as their charge for promotion continues.
First, it was a 3-3 draw with Turriff Thistle at the weekend – Frazer Cerretti scoring twice and Jordan Hay notching the final goal in a draw described as “disappointing” by the club’s Facebook page as Bervie were equalised on three times.
Things went far better on Tuesday evening, as Bervie thrashed University 6-1. Frazer Cerretti continued his goal scoring exploits with a hat-trick, with Connor Freeman scoring twice and new signing Lewis Gordon picked up his first for Caley.
The club’s Facebook page commented that it was “A game that could have ended much more to Bervie but a solid win that never looked in danger. It now takes us level on points with 2nd place with a game in hand.”
That second placed team is Ratrays XI – Bervie have eight more games to play – and with the trailing teams behind them seemingly too far off to surge ahead, it’s a two way battle for the final promotion spot.
Bervie will pick up that game in hand against Newburgh Thistle – who are undefeated and have already claimed the title in the Division One North. To make matters worse, it’s an away game and Thistle have yet to drop points at home.
Not an easy one for Bervie, but the battle for promotion remains very much on.
AC Mill Inn were involved in somewhat of a thriller on Saturday, drawing 5-5 with Tarves away from home – a result which leaves them 7th in the Division One East.
It’s a weekend off league action this weekend for Inn – they’ll be hosting Insch at Jim Glennie Park for a place in the Aberdeen FC Trophy semi-finals.
Stonehaven Athletic beat Lads Club Amateurs 2-1 to keep the pressure on in Division Two North. Sawyer and Gunn netting for Athletic.
The club’s Facebook said: “A solid performance with a stand out display from young Grant in defence.”
They are currently second, three points off table topping FC Polska (Having played two games more) and are four points ahead of third placed Cammachmore (Again having played two games more).
Eyes also need to be kept on fourth placed Faithlie United – who have seven games in hand, just six points behind.
So things still look like an uphill battle in Athletic’s attempts to get promoted – they’ll watch on hoping for some favourable results going their way this weekend as they don’t have a fixture.
Stonehaven were not in action in the Juniors this past weekend – but some of the results elsewhere did help them out, with so many sides having games in hand over them.
Stoney as of right now sit in 12th place, right above the relegation zone – Maud currently occupy the final of those spaces, just two goals separate the two, and Maud have three more games to play.
Above Stoney are Dufftown (2 games in hand and a point ahead), East End (level on games played and a point ahead) and Hall Russell United (3 games in hand and a point ahead.)
Meanwhile, bottom of the league is Ellon United – who Martyn Rollo’s side visit at the Meadows this weekend. Currently four points and two games separate the two. A win for Stonehaven this weekend would give them a fairly good chance to at least finish above United – considering the Ellon side have won just five times all season.
The task would then become finishing above one more side – which with so many of the sides around them facing teams from the other end of the table this weekend, could become a reality.
Stonehaven Ladies had a weekend off, but they’ll return to action this Sunday as they travel to take on another north east side – playing against Cove Rangers.
Plenty of results in youth football to update you about, Stonehaven’s Under 19’s were victorious in a 5-3 win over Portlethen in the B League on Saturday.
On Sunday, Bervie Caley’s Under 13’s thrashed Stonehaven United 8-0 in the B League, while Stoney’s Under 13’s in the League C Section 2 fared better – beating Kemnay 7-0 away from home.
The games in the Mearns this weekend…
Ellon United Vs Stonehaven, Northern Juniors Superleague, The Meadows, Ellon, Saturday 2PM
AC Mill Inn Vs Insch, Aberdeen FC Trophy, Jim Glennie Park, Stonehaven, Saturday 2PM
MS United Vs Cowie Thistle, Amateur Premier Division, Heathryfold Park, Aberdeen, Saturday 2PM
Sportsman’s Club Vs St Laurence, Amateur Premier Division, Westdyke, Aberdeen, Saturday, 2PM
Newburgh Thistle Vs Bervie Caledonian, Amateur Division One North, Gallowshills Park, Newburgh, Saturday, 2PM
Stonehaven Ladies Vs Cove Rangers, SWF Division One North, Mineralwell Park, Stonehaven, Sunday 2:15PM