By Lewis Michie
There was more cup fixtures in the Aberdeenshire AFA this past weekend, including Laurencekirk side St Laurence taking on Woodside in the First Round of the Association Trophy.
Woodside are one of the top sides in Aberdeenshire Amateurs, winning the division last season.
This would mean there wasn’t a massive surprise when the Saints fell to a 3-0 defeat to Woodside, one of the favourites to win the Premier Division again this term, on Saturday.
We spoke to Saints manager David Easton, starting with his thoughts on their cup loss.
Games Vs Woodside are always difficult, especially away from home.”
They are a top side and have been for a number of years. It was a close game but at keys times in the game, Woodside showed their class, experience and punished us to take control and eventually win the tie.”
St Laurence currently sit eighth out of 14 sides in the Premier Division so far, with three wins, two draws and two loses.
We asked Easton about his thoughts on the overall start to the campaign.
We’ve had a decent start, if we compare it to last season, we are 2 points better off. We’ve struggled for numbers on match days since the start of the season, but we have had a good core that have kept us going and our numbers are slowly starting to increase again which is positive.”
The next game for Easton’s side comes against Rattrays XI, who have started well – sitting fifth.
Ahead of the game, Easton said:
We’re back to league business this weekend with an away game v Rattrays. They have had a solid start to the season since being promoted, we anticipate a difficult game as has always been the case when we’ve come up against them.”
They’ve added some good signings over the summer and should expect to do well in the Premier League.”
Elsewhere in the cups, Cowie Thistle came up against an in form Echt in the Premier Trophy, their league cup, in the first round.
It was a disappointing afternoon for Thistle, as they were beaten 4-0.
Ac Mill Inn were successful in cup competition though, as they beat St Marnans 1-0 in the first round of the White Cup.
The other games in the Amateurs were a Premier Division clash, as Bervie Caledonian were beaten 3-2 by Rattrays XI, and a Division One North match where Stonehaven Athletic were defeated 5-4 in a hectic match.
Stonehaven Juniors were involved in cup competition as well, meeting Deveronside from the league above in the first side of the Regional Cup.
A 3-1 defeat at home was enough to knock the Hive out of the tournament.