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  1. First final of the season, no surprise the big 2 involved, if both at full strength could be too close to call, might even go all the way to Pens, on paper both teams very evenly matched, odd goal in it I think 2-1 or 3-2 to someone or score draw and pens, any thoughts?
  2. Should be a close one , both coming of defeats in last games, saying their both at full strength Could be too close to call, odd goal if anything or maybe all the way to pens, even on paper I think their quality matches up, maybe 2-1 or 3-2 to somebody
  3. Very bitter comments I have to say, so why did the YM employ him, why did Lochar do the same, why did Saints do the same, why have Newton Stewart employed him? Are all these people and clubs wrong, how is he still in the game, if he’s that bad I blame the clubs that keep taking chances on him, or is it just bitter small minded people, unfortunately this is football, I’m glad a lot of people on here are not involved in the junior game then you would see cut throat football
  4. I’m assuming as their a south of Scotland member club they have the entitlement to do it, because they have been in the south league, ordinarily promoted teams would not bother but they maybe though why not it’s the chance of silverware, Queens have done it as well this year for same reason probably, there are other teams that could but don’t bother.
  5. There was a little rumour circulating that Stranraer reserves were losing a couple of players to the juniors and a couple of the younger lads heading up to first team, but the rumour mill is always going strong at this time of year, but if true I’m sure they’ll replace them with an abundance of talent and a huge catchment area, but when Maybole and other junior clubs are only up up the coast there’s always that possibility, but in a way if young lads get promoted to first team is true then the reserve team has served its purpose
  6. There will be a little bit of movement on the manager front as per most years but not a great deal, most teams are pretty settled, but it is obvious to see there’s a lot of people on here that don’t actually follow the league as per their statements but the entertainment value of this site has gone up considerably
  7. With the season now near it’s finish I think that Stranraer have been head and shoulders above every other team this season, and I’m sure their players will flood the end of season team and I think the management will be up there when that award is giving, I’m just hoping that Stranraer FC keep supporting this south team because the catchment area down there is huge and it will always provide an abundance of players, when a Stranraer side have been in the league they’ve always been strong but never stayed for a huge period of time, there’s no point in being successful and then it all finishing up again, I hope this team stays in the league for the future, there’s teams in the league like Creetown and Newton Stewart and others that are maybe not strong every year but don’t break their involvement, I’m just hoping this young Stranraer side can stay together for many years because they could do really well, but if the club don’t support them because clubs are always changing their structures I hope they stay in the league, Stranraer Athletic again maybe!
  8. Took in the young Annan teams game against Newton Stewart last night which Newton Stewart I think deserved to win, not a great game in terms of quality but well done to the away side for continuing their recent form, it was the standard you would expect from two teams at the lower end of the table, my concern is the incentive for the young Annan lads or maybe lack of it, I saw during the week that certain young Stranraer boys had made the first team, arguably because of lack of first team players for whatever reasons but still, do Annan give the same incentive? Because I saw a team last night of young lads that looked at times demoralised and just going through the motions, is this young Annan team a pathway to first team opportunity(none of these lads are 1st team standard)or is it there just as a tick box exercise to receive funding, a team of Annan’s size should be able to recruit a better standard of player to compete better, it looks like a team that’s just there to exsist rather than serve a purpose, back to the football which didn’t get you out of your seat but definitely a few really good players on show from both sides.
  9. Was at the Lochar vs Lochmaben game today and what a difference in the Lochar team from last week, was like night and day, although being comfortable in the game they still couldn’t see it out, last week really deserved to beat Dalbeattie but this week showed their lack of game management to see out what should have been a more than comfortable win, the south league is over indulged with inconsistency, a win, lose, draw seems to be the pattern of results, I think Stranraers consistency will in the end see out the league and probably in a deserved fashion 16 out of 16 speaks for itself, Stranraer and Bonnyton have totally showed their superiority, good game at Dumfries High for the avid south supporter.
  10. A disappointing weekend last week with the weather taking a good few fixtures, hopefully the scheduled ones will survive tomorrow, I’m heading to Lochmaben vs Abbey Vale, I’ve not seen Abbey Vale for a while since they came to play Mid-Annandale and Lochmaben have struggled for results lately, could be a good close match, where’s everyone heading? And where’s the match of the day? Where’s the upsets? Where’s the goals?
  11. Galabank all weekend for me this weekend, took in the Annan SOS vs Lochar Thistle game on Friday, Lochar with the win but really could have been more comfortable, Lochar seemed to find it hard to get motivated against a team that rarely caused them problems which is understandable but job done, away win never in doubt, Lochar keep grinding them out, back on Saturday for St Cuthberts vs Edusport, home team showing their lowland stature and quality would eventually be too strong for St Cuthberts, the game though was very much closer at times than the score reflects, St Cuthberts playing nice stuff on occasions just not good enough against the french lads, but I have seen much stronger Edusport teams in past years, enjoyable weekend of SOS football.
  12. It was spoiled for choice today with there being a good south of Scotland football league fixture list on and with Annan FC being in Stirling, and Lochmaben being in Castle Douglas, and Annan SOS being at Dumfries High School, didn’t feel like going to far today so it’s a hop skip and a jump to watch Mid-Annandale vs Heston Rovers for me, should be a good match up and the kind of game that could produce goals so that’s what swayed me, where are we heading today boys and girls? What will be the match not to miss?
  13. I think the Threave manager Sam Warren has experience at South level as a player but this always doesn’t make for being a good manager, I think since he’s took charge I think more quality has left the club than what has been brought in, by listening to rumbles going around it looks like he’s brought in friends rather then players to take the club forward, the Houston lad that seems to have stepped up to the plate a bit recently has significant qualifications but unfortunately all the badges still doesn’t give you the minerals to lead a dressing room, i think he’s maybe out of his depth, but it’s back to the same old cleeks at clubs and not always the best candidates are in charge of these clubs, a club like Threave who are the biggest at south level and arguably the area including Dalbeattie and Gretna should have personel in charge that warrants that, looks like there’s more progress now going on off field rather than on, but this is maybe the plan.
  14. The rule must be relaxed now I’d imagine because the Kenny lad played with Upper Annandale, Newton Stewart and also Creetown yesterday all in this current campaign, but he’s also done it on previous seasons so the ruling must have been changed within the last 2 seasons, because I’m sure clubs do their due diligence before signing players and with no disrespect this lad has previous and is widely known for this, so surely clubs have done their homework before fielding him
  15. I was also at the Lochar thistle vs Heston Rovers game yesterday, to answer your question I’m sure it’s Jamie Struthers still but I might be wrong their a club that don’t advertise much going on’s, but they do usually have a full complement in their dugout even sometimes looks a bit over crowded if that makes any sense, on the game the Anderson lad was plain and simple the difference between the two sides, pretty poor game that Heston will be kicking themselves for not leading early on by 1 if not 2, but every team needs that prolific striker at this level, Stranraer have 2, Bonnyton have 2 and Lochar have Anderson, he’s kind of doing what Soltys done for Threave last year he’s pulling Lochar by the scruf of the neck and getting them wins that without him I’m sure they wouldn’t be getting, keeping that lad fit and available will be the key to how Lochar do over the longevity of the season, two evenly matched sides but one had a striker who knew where the net was, as I mentioned before it’s no coincidence that the top 3 as it sits all have prolific strikers, Lochar are though more reliant one 1
  16. I think on the first half of the season the strikers that have made a big impact and how it’s effected their clubs performances/league positions, for me 1-Agnew(Stranraer) 2-Anderson(Lochar) 3-McKenzie(Nithsdale) 4-Goss(Abbey Vale) 5-Swan( Uppers) but not really a striker but gets in about the goals, but I still think Agnew and kerr (Bonny)are by far to best two in the league on ability.
  17. Well said neily1690 far too many trolls on here for a site that was designed for football discussion and the odd light hearted banter, Craig is a great lad with a freshness and enthusiasm for the game and by the way a great knowledge and ability to do what he wants in it, he’s got respect from players and people in the game, he always speaks with huge enthusiasm,but its obvious who the trolls are so when they come on people should take no notice, jealousy is a dangerous thing, Important people within clubs the people that really matter would probably jump at the chance of him managing their club, so the people that troll him are probably not very important, merry Xmas to everyone and to the trolls enjoy your apples and oranges hahaha.
  18. My opinion is the Upper Annandale goalkeeper just shades it, one of Bryan Gilfillians positive signings, good at cross balls, good shot stopper and fantastic kick from dead ball, boy has the full package and young.
  19. My opinion is Stranraer will take some catching now, they seem to be playing well and with a lot of confidence, a relatively young team with a sprinkle of experience,Lochar have good players they always seem to start the season well and bring in quality signings(until Xmas)but come the business end seem to have lost players and are back to the same core of boys and always fall short, seems to be a season trend with them,I’m not sure why this is, Bonnyton getting stronger each season but could fall short again, Abbey Vale might just have the right blend to push but not win, Uppers might fade second half of season that seems to happen when they start well, Threave are disappointing for a team that won the league and should have pushed on, St Cuthberts look to be in a period of change but nice on the eye on their day, Mids are explosive and really good on their day but really inconsistent,but for me 1-Stranraer 2-Bonnyton and the rest mentioned above will fight out for 3rd and 4th place
  20. Any rumours or any facts about the Gretna job candidates/front runners etc the job still seems to be available? I understand this is a lowland issue but with it being a local team has anyone heard how the process is going regarding the appointment of someone
  21. I would imagine Because there are so many teams in the stewartry including Stranraer, Wigtown, Creetown, Newton and Threave, all fighting for the same quality of players I think St Cuthberts budget if there is one I’m only guessing might just be so they can stay relatively competitive rather than wanting to sweep everything aside, and if the players aren’t local it might take a bit of persuasion to get them to Kirkcudbright when they could play more for local sides, my opinion is they haven’t got all the best players but the Fraser guy does do a good job, in football your not everyone’s cup of tea but I think he ticks most of the boxes, but I’m sure it’s a co- management down there so not all him, we nearly had him across our way and it would have been a good appointment, well I’m off to a wet and windy Galabank to see if I can get a few good photos
  22. To be fair Gingerbread and I don’t know the guy that well but only in a football sense and he seems quite apt at what he does,but as I recall I’m sure you were one of the people who slated the Fraser guy right from the start, I read this site quite frequently,so your opinion is probably personal and very bias like a lot of people’s opinions on here, so I’m sure it can be taken with a pinch of salt, and for someone like myself who has followed the SOSFL for many years St Cuthberts were very frequently the biggest spending team at this level for many years and still never won the title or were close for that matter for 20 odd years, so I’m not sure your arguments are relevant they just look personal,
  23. I was actually at the Lochmaben vs St Cuthberts on Saturday as that’s my neck of the woods and realistically St Cuthberts should have been a few goals to the good in 15 mins after leading, St Cuthberts by far the better team on the ball they do play nice stuff,Lochmaben scored all their goals from set peace’s and a referee that again looked to spoil for both sides, Lochmaben are direct but nothing much more, St Cuthberts manager did get sent from the dugout but I do admire his passion from the sidelines I watch a lot of south football and it’s one of the few dugouts that seems to be quite intense, reminds me of the junior games, the guy gets a lot of unnecessary criticism on here but I think that’s just what comes with the territory, and I’m sure it’s all from opposing clubs/fans
  24. Deary me I think these comments suitably sum up the south’s football threads, as I read this you guys are obviously not Saints fans, but besides that my concern is why this is your concern? With all this negativity I’d be glad he wasn’t in charge of my club so I’m finding it hard to understand why everyone is so obsessed with Craig and Saints, for me these people should be glad that things are tough for Saints at the minute more of a chance for their clubs, people obviously must be hanging on his words and what he does or they wouldn’t be so annoyed, but I think that’s management and that’s what managers do, we have a narrow minded football community in the south that have no idea how things work and what it needs to be successful that’s why we fair so bad outside our own league ie challenge cups etc, let’s take a lot of south teams for instance they have a management teams in place that however They do good or bad they will always be safe in their jobs because these clubs are just happy to have a little bit of success and just keep running, and these are clubs and people that are slating a club that are successful of the pitch and took a big decision a season and a half ago to secure the long term success on the pitch, I’m finding hard to understand why people are so concerned be great full he’s not your manager, but I’m maybe talking out of turn but I have a feeling Craig won’t be going anywhere very soon, Don’t be misled in any way believe me the guy can coach do you think Saints are that silly? Why on earth would a club of that financial pull and size have him in place??? Ask yourself that question??? Why not sack him there’s loads of capable managers out there is there not??? any one know why he’s in co charge??? Keep Raymond sack Craig why not??? I can’t categorically say he’s safe but I’ve a feeling Saints won’t be in a rush to get rid anytime soon
  25. Not been at a south game in quite a while due to work commitments, who’s in form ?who’s out of form ? What’s the predictions for tomorrow’s games and what’s the game of the day to watch?
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