Aberdeenshire Amateur Division Two North table toppers Stonehaven Athletic celebrated an outstanding start to the season with their annual cycle. Scott Reid’s squad have a 100% record in the League so far after defeating FC Polska in their last fixture.
The excellent start has been very welcome by the club, after the pain of relegation last season.
On Saturday Athletic completed their third annual cycle from Stonehaven to Laurencekirk and back – a round trip amounting to more than 30 miles. This event is used a vehicle to raise money for the club.
We spoke to Tommy King of the club, both about their start to the season and the cycle:
On the cycle: “It’s a good way to raise money for the club as every player has to get sponsors, we also have a few of the “older” committee guys taking part.”
“Afterwards we all meet at the Station hotel in Stonehaven for a “few” beers!”
On the season’s start: “Scott Reid is now manager and Paul Jenkins has come in as assistant manager and they have overhauled the squad with 14 new boys coming in.”
“The aim is to bounce straight back up and we have made a superb start but there is still a long way to go and the lads aren’t getting carried away.”
The Simplyhealth Great Aberdeen Run took place in Aberdeen this past Sunday. Thousands descended on the Granite City – some from as far as the USA and Kazakhstan – to take place in both the 10K and half marathon. Plenty of runners from the Mearns took part.
Mackie Rugby club held their P1-7 Open day on Saturday. The club are also on the lookout for one or two helpers to aid P1 coach Mariana on Saturday mornings this coming season. They are looking for simply an hour of someone’s time to create fun and exciting sessions for kids starting their Rugby journeys. Anyone interested can get in contact via email: Mackiedevelopmentofficer@yahoo.com
Stonehaven Ladies now sit three points clear of Montrose in the SWFL Two North. Stoney defeated Forfar Farmington’s developmental side 3-2 this past weekend. Montrose have a game in hand, which they’ll play against Ross County this weekend, while Stonehaven have a weekend off.
Stonehaven’s horror start to the Junior League season continued this weekend with a 3-2 loss to East End. Stoney now sit joint bottom with the only other side yet to pick up a point – Dufftown. Martyn Rollo’s side only sit above Dufftown due to having scored a goal more.
Rollo – who is still chasing his first League point as Stonehaven gaffer – will lead his side out on Saturday as they host Maud, who have a 50% record thus far.
Cowie Thistle recovered from a shock 3-0 loss to fellow Mearns side St Laurence in midweek, by overcoming Old Aberdonains in cup competition. Cowie came out 4-0 winners in the first round of the Rainbow City Taxi’s Premier Trophy. Cowie have now fallen to fourth in the Premier Division following their midweek defeat.
St Laurence on the other hand now sit just three points behind their Mearns rivals. The Laurencekirk side could have went level with Cowie this weekend, however a 5-2 loss to second placed Sportmans Club prevented St Laurence from stringing together wins.
Bervie Caledonian were not in action this weekend. However, they sit just a point adrift of table toppers Newburgh Thistle in the AAFA Division One North. Bervie beat Continental 4-1 in midweek.