Leadership Team Update

The festive season brings with it fantastic times for most, with parties, preparing for Santa and mischievous elves beguiling starry-eyed youngsters though promises of large bags of fairy-dust and expensive new toys. It’s fitba’ at this time of year. In our case it brings a profound appreciation of the hard work and commitment our people give; borne out during the training session I saw last night, where the passion and effort was evident from the players and coaching staff. We had a young trialist with us last night, and he commented on what great group of players we have; in particular the high tempo, communication and general mutual supportive attitude during the short-games.

So our thanks to our players for your continued belief that we will progress in the second half of the season and beyond, a belief shared by a very talented coaching staff; not just taking drills, but through taking part, role-modelling their own experience and skills. Not forgetting taking time out to write updates from the dressing room; thank you.

Thanks too to all our amazing match day volunteers, without who’s stewarding, safety and amazing hospitality and admin skills it just wouldn’t happen. Also to Dennis, Ross & Jimmy for always doing extra, the volunteers in our two fan bodies and, most importantly, to all our supporters, wee yins and Big Yins, for loving and following The Black & Gold. Keep the faith.

A final and massive thanks to all our sponsors for not just being supporters, but providing the vital tangible financial support essential to assure our success.

We hope everyone concerned has a wonderful Christmas and look forward to seeing a more plump and numerous support wearing off the Christmas pud by cheering us on against Caledonian Braves on Saturday.

Andrew

Darren Smith – Midfielde

Team Update

Last week was disappointing with the game being called off, as the lads were looking forward to the game and an opportunity to get back to winning ways after the defeat to Stirling. With the game being called off last minute, we were able to get some indoor training facilities booked and were able to get a good sweat-on on Saturday morning and keep everybody ticking over.

It’s always difficult at this time of year, trying to fit in a training schedule and at the same time enable the players to spend some quality time with their families; however the gaffer has managed to get the training facilities arranged and booked. The lads were in on Monday night and there was a good feel to training and everybody put in a good shift and even the gaffer and Kev rolled back the years to take a small part in it – all I’m saying is you never lose it!!!

We are back in training this Friday to prepare for the game against Caledonian Braves on Saturday; it’s a home game and one we need to approach with confidence and look to get the 3 points. We played them earlier in the season and it was a very difficult game, but a game we should have seen out and taken the 3 points from, only to lose an injury time equaliser so we are well aware we need to make sure we turn up and perform. 

We have some big important games coming up and we know how important this time of the year is, so  collectively we need to approach each game as they come, make sure we give each everything we have to get some points on the board, and get us moving in the right direction up the league table.  Kev’s looking forward to training on Friday; it’s always good at this time of year when a few of the lads will be turning up with some new shower gel etc that they got at Xmas, saves the big man from wasting his!

Hopefully we can finish the year with a positive result on Saturday, and hope to see as many fans as possible along to support team – on behalf of the players and the backroom staff we want to thank the supporters for their continued support and hope everyone has a Happy Christmas.

Darren