The first round draw for the Kilmarnock Pie West of Scotland Football League Cup was made at Kilwinning Sports Club with league chair Matt Bamford drawing the home teams and John Gall, Managing Director of Brownings the Bakers, and sponsor of the Kilmarnock Pie WoSFL Cup, drew the away teams. Thanks also to Ben Grant of Kilwinning Rangers for filming the draw. The ties will take place on the weekend of Saturday 11th December 2021 with 1:30pm Kick Off’s.
Without further ado here is the draw video.
And here’s the draw in graphic format
The West of Scotland Football League are delighted to announce a partnership with Brownings the Bakers which will see our flagship West of Scotland Football League Cup carry the name of such an iconic Scottish brand – The Kilmarnock Pie.
Speaking to the WoSFL Media team John Gall, Managing Director, Brownings the Bakers said; “I am delighted to be able to have my Kilmarnock Pie brand sponsor the West of Scotland Football League Cup. Football is such a big part of the local community in the West of Scotland and I think it’s important to support the game at all levels. This is a perfect fit for my business as our most famous product, The Kilmarnock Pie has been voted Best Football Pie in Scotland and with our current sponsorship of Kilmarnock Football Club and my links with Darvel F.C this seemed liked a great opportunity to further support football within our communities.”
West of Scotland Football League Chairman Matt Bamford was also delighted to see the partnership in place saying “The WoSFL are very excited to have the name of Brownings Bakers most famous product sponsoring our League Cup competition”. He continued “The Kilmarnock Pie West of Scotland Football League Cup links two great products based in the heart of the footballing community together and we are pleased that John Gall, who is very much part of the footballing community, has agreed to support us.”
Keep your eyes peeled very shortly for the Preliminary Draw for the Inaugural Kilmarnock Pie West of Scotland Football League Cup.
With pre-match league leaders Arthurlie not playing this weekend in the PDM Buildbase Conference A, there was an ideal opportunity for Shotts to go above them as they faced up against a Lugar side struggling for form and shipping a lot of goals, and take the opportunity they did as they ran out 5-0 winners at Rosebank Park. Taylor Evans opened the scoring for the Bon Accord after 21 minutes and it was 2-0 7 minutes later when Scott Faulds netted. It was 2-0 at the break but goals from Jordan Logan (53), Alistair Martin (73) and Michael Blues (86) saw Shotts go two points clear at the top of the table albeit Arthurlie have two games in hand
Maybole went into their match away to Craigmark on the back of a 7-0 defeat at Newlandsfield to Pollok in the Junior Cup, but their league form prior to that had saw them unbeaten in their previous four matches, nine points behind their opponents, who occupied 3rd place before kick off, and on a good run of form themselves with 4 wins in their previous 5. It was the visitors who went ahead in the 52nd minute when Jack Smith opened the scoring and then Maybole doubled their lead when Paul Cameron made it 2-0 after 75 minutes. Craigmark got back into the match with five minutes to go when Ryan Caddis scored but it was too little too late for Craigmark and they moved down to 5th in the table, with Maybole now level on points with Johnstone Burgh with a game in hand.
Johnstone Burgh and Forth Wanderers went into their match at Keanie Park level on points, with the Burgh 5 goals better off so it looked like a tight affair may take place and that’s how it turned out as Forth went back to Lanarkshire with all 3 points courtesy of a Jonathan Branks goal after 21 minutes, a result that saw Forth move up to 6th, whilst the Burgh dropped from 7th to 9th in the table.
Maryhill took full advantage of the Burgh’s defeat when they overcame Irvine Victoria in an 8 goal thriller at Lochburn Park that saw the ‘Hill come back from 2-0 down when Ben Killington (2) and Francis Kilpatrick (23) put the visitors ahead, but just before half time Maryhill reduced the deficit to a single goal courtesy of Ryan Wallace. Maryhill then drew level in the 54th minute through Jay McInally but two minutes later Irvine Vics retook the lead when Francis Kilpatrick got his second and the Vics 3rd. Robert O’Neil levelled for Maryhill in the 71st minute and it looked like a share of the points was the most likely outcome until Jay McInally put Maryhill ahead for the first time in the match after 84 minutes and then completed his hat-trick in the 89th minute to finally see the three points sealed for the home side. Maryhill move up to 7th with the win, and despite the defeat there are plenty of positives for bottom placed Irvine Victoria as they still hunt their first win of the season.
Whitletts faced Glasgow University at Dam Park knowing a win would put them within 2 points of pre-match league leaders Arthurlie and would have been disappointed in the 13th minute when the visitors took the lead through Lewis Dibble, but that disappointment would turn out to be temporary when Scott Dempster equalised after 35 minutes brought Whitletts level and then the same player scored a minute before half time to put Whitletts 2-1 up at the break. A 66th minute Kieran McLaughlin penalty gave the home side a two goal cushion before Isaac Kerr added the gloss to a 4-1 win with a 93rd minute goal to see Whitletts move up to 3rd in the table whilst Glasgow Uni stay 12th in the table.
Muirkirk were awarded a 3-0 default walkover after Saltcoats Victoria forfeited the match and this moves the Kirk up to fourth in the conference.
The twelfth matchday of the PDM Buildbase Premier Division took place over the weekend and there was as usual a lot of goals, drama and action across the division.
We start at the Match of the Day at Newlandsfield where over 900 people were in attendance as home side Pollok took on visitors Darvel. Pollok went into the match level on points with the visitors knowing that a win would give them a 3 point cushion, with Darvel still having a game in hand, and in the 15th minute of the match Josh Weir headed them into the lead with a fine diving header in what proved to be the only goal of the match much to the delight of the home fans. Pollok moved to within two points of 3rd place Kilwinning with a game in hand, having collected 23 points from their 11 league games so far and ending a run of two games without a win, Darvel remain in 5th but their winless streak now stretches to 3 games having drawn their previous two WoSFL matches.
Leaders Auchinleck Talbot kept up their unbeaten start to the season at Beechwood as they put Cumbernauld United to the sword with a 3-0 win. Talbot had drawn with Beith in their last outing and were looking to get back to winning ways. The first half was goal-less but there wasn’t long to wait for the opener after the break when Dwayne Hyslop’s header was deemed to have crossed the line after 46 minutes to put Auchinleck in front. They doubled their lead in the 70th minute when a quickly taken free kick sent Aiden Wilson into the box, his low cross was blocked but the ball landed back at the feet of the full back who smashed a ferocious effort into the top corner for 2-0. Talbot sealed all three points when Dwayne Hyslop scored his second of the match seven minutes later, with a header that despite the best efforts of the Cumbernauld keeper McGee was deemed to again have crossed the line and it finished 3-0 to Auchinleck who stay a point ahead of Clydebank in second place.
Clydebank travelled to Bonnyton in good spirits after their late comeback last week and with half an hour on the clock Goal of the Month for July winner Nicky Little put the Bankies ahead when he got on the end of Lee Gallacher’s cutback to fire home, eight minutes later the Bankies moved further ahead when Hamish McKinlay dinked the ball over the Bonnyton keeper to make it 2-0. Things didnt get much better in the second half for Bonnyton when a minute after the re-start McKinlay rolled the ball into the corner of the net to make it 3-0 Clydebank. Bonnyton pulled a goal back when Thomas Demspie fired into the top corner just after the hour mark, but the Bankies had the final say when with just under ten minutes to go Joe Slattery made it 4-1 to the visitors. Bonnyton remain rooted to the bottom of the table while Clydebank remain second.
Kilwinning Rangers went into their home match v Largs Thistle on the back of their first defeat of the season the previous week against Cumnock looking to get back to winning ways however this was dealt a blow in the 13th minute when Carlo Monti was red carded for denying a goalscoring opportunity, reducing the Buffs to ten men. They were then reduced to nine men in the 69th minute when Ross Smith was shown a straight red for serious foul play but despite the two man advantage Largs couldn’t capitalise and the Buffs battled out a 0-0 draw. Kilwinning stay in third with Pollok closing the gap and Largs move on to 8 points as they sit in 17th.
Beith faced the trip to Portland Park to face Troon on the back of a good 1-1 draw at Beechwood in their last WoSFL outing, while Troon had won 2 and drawn one of their last 3, the teams having scored 35 goals between them in their combined 22 matches played, conceding 31 so goals looked like they may be on the card, but it wasn’t to be as Troon hit the post, had efforts cleared off the line, and missed some good chances whilst Beith also had a couple of good chances, and did also have the ball in the net when Kenny McLean had stroked a cross into the bottom corner but the assistant had his flag up and it was ruled out for offside and it finished 0-0
Rob Roy had put together a run of four wins to move them up the table in recent weeks, but had failed to win in their last two coming into the match v Rossvale, who had won two and drawn one of their previous three matches but it was Rob Roy who came out on top at Guys Meadow despite going behind after 31 minutes when Conor Macdonald opened the scoring for the visitors but Luke Kelly levelled it up just before half time at 1-1. Rob Roy took the lead in the 59th minute when Cameron Henry netted their second and wrapped it up four minutes later when Ian Gold made it 3-1 to move the Roy up three places to tenth whilst Rossvale remain in 15th.
Blantyre Vics could have leapfrogged Rossvale into 15th with a win over Glenafton at the KG Stadium, although a win for Glenafton would have seen them overtake both Blantyre and Rossvale given the ‘Vale result but as it was both sides missed the chance to move up the table with a 1-1 draw. Grant Brennan gave the home side the lead just before half time, then the Vics thought they had doubled their lead in the 58th minute when they scored from a corner but the goal was chalked off for offside and Vics were then reduced to ten men when Sam MacKenzie was sent off for dissent. It looked like the ten man Vics might see the win out but with six minutes to go Leon Murphy scored an equaliser and the match finished all square.
Kilbirnie’s new management team of Thomas Molloy and Shaun Dillon got off to a flying start as they took charge of their first WoSFL match since moving from Greenock as their side welcomed Rutherglen Glencairn to Valefield, a win that sees the Blasties now unbeaten in 3 matches with 2 wins either side of a draw. They got off to a great start when Dylan Henry opened the scoring when he collected the ball at the edge of the six yard box, turned and rolled it past the Glencairn keeper and he doubled their lead 14 minutes later in the 36th minute as he cut inside from the right wing and from just inside the box 12 yards out fired a shot off the inside of the post and into the net. Glencairn got right back into the match when Harry Mitchell smashed home a screamer from 25 yards into the top corner after 43 minutes to make it 2-1 and that’s how the scoreline stayed throughout the second half. The win moves Kilbirnie onto 7 points for the season and to within a point of Largs and Glenafton in the positions directly above them whilst Glencairn stay in 14th with 11 points.
In the PDM Buildbase Division Four leaders Kilsyth Athletic host Harthill Royal at the Kilsyth Sports Field looking to make it 3 wins in a row and will be full of confidence having won 5 of their last 6 with 2 wins in a row, Harthill’s own form has been patchy as they have only won 2 of their last 6 and last time out lost 3-1 to Glenvale but they did beat Kilsyth 4-0 last time the sides faced each other at Gibbshill earlier in the season.
Second place Finnart went out of the Strathclyde Demolition Cup to Premier Division Rutherglen Glencairn last week at the Hamish B Allan Stadium losing out 5-0 but their league form has them looking for a 4th straight division four win and they face third place Glenvale who seem to have found form with only one defeat in their past six and unbeaten in their last four matches.
St Peters make the trip to Campbeltown to face Campbeltown Pupils at Kintyre Park and they will arrive there full of expectation given last weeks 8-2 win over BSC Glasgow but the Pupils will be looking to turn their own form around having only one one of their last six with 3 losses in a row. St Peters can go into third with a win dependant on results elsewhere
BSC will be hoping to put last weeks heavy defeat to St Peters behind them as they face Harmony Row, who drew with Glenvale last time out. BSC have lost four on the bounce and are currently rooted to the bottom of the league having played a game more than 2nd bottom Campbeltown but a win today could see them climb off the bottom
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In the PDM Buildbase WoSFL Conference C we have an almost full fixture list with only Glasgow Perthshire V St. Roch’s and Petershill v East Kilbride falling foul of the pandemic.
Leaders Drumchapel United host Vale of Clyde, who are under new management following the appointment of Bellshill coach Colin Reilly as first team manager last Sunday and the tin pail will be hoping for a boost having taken 4 points from their last possible 18 and sitting bottom of the table. Drumchapel have only tasted defeat once this season and last week demolished St. Anthony’s 7-1 at Petershill Park to make it back to back wins and they will have their sights set on another three points this week.
Kilsyth Rangers revival continues as the Duncansfield Park side team look to make it three wins in a row as they host Ardrossan Winton Rovers knowing a win can take them within 2 points of their opponents having played a game less. Ardrossan themselves have only tasted defeat once in their last 6 matches and are unbeaten in their last four having taken 2 wins and 2 draws, the latest a 2-2 draw with Yoker, so it promises to be a tight affair.
Vale of Leven travel to Gasworks Park to face Larkhall Thistle looking to turn around a poor spell of form that has saw them pick up only one point from their last six matches whilst Larkhall have only 2 wins and a draw from their previous 6. A win for the visitors could lift them out of the bottom three, and Larkhall could climb as high as eighth with all three points.
McKenna Park is the venue as Saint Anthony’s look to bounce back from the aforementioned defeat to Drumchapel as they host Lanark United. The Yowes haven’t tasted victory since their opening day win against Larkhall and will be desperate to turn their form around and start climbing the table. The Ants could go level on points with Ardrossan with a win depending on results and will be looking to get back to the kind of form that saw them win 3 of their last 5 matches.
Yoker face second placed Neilston at Holm Park today and the home side have slowly started to turn their form around having picked up all of their 5 points this season in their last 3 matches having lost 6 on the bounce before that but they face a Neilston team who got back to winning ways against Vale of Clyde last time out and with the two sides below them not playing its a chance for the Farmer’s boys to open up a 5 point gap between them and St Roch’s in third place
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Last week saw only one PDM Buildbase WoSFL Conference B match last week where Port Glasgow came back from a goal down to beat Kello 3-1 but this week we have an almost full card with only the Gartcairn v Cambuslang and Newmains v Dalry matches so far falling foul of the pandemic.
Looking to halt a 5 game losing streak are Carluke Rovers as they face Greenock at the John Cumming Stadium with both sides struggling for consistent form in the league so far. Carluke have only won twice this season, taking only 3 points from their last 18 on offer and Greenock, fresh from losing their management team to Kilbirnie, have 2 wins in their last 6, taking 7 points from the last 18 possible. A win for Carluke could take them above Kello and into 11th, whilst a Greenock win could lift them as high as 6th
The last unbeaten side in Conference B, St Cadoc’s make the trip to Kirkconnell to face Kello and with leaders Cambuslang’s match v Gartcairn postponed the Saint’s can take full advantage with a win and end the night on top of the pile. Kello haven’t tasted league victory since the 28th of July when they beat Newmains 4-1 at Nithsdale and they will need to be on that kind of form to hope to take anything against a side who are on a 5 game winning streak. A win for Kello would move them on to 12 points from their 11 opening games and could see them go level on points with Glasgow United in the position above them.
Ardeer Thistle have been the surprise package in Conference B this season, and they can go level on points with Cambuslang with a win away to Renfrew at New Western Park today. Having only tasted defeat once this season (4-1 at home to Cambuslang) they will be looking to keep up the pressure at the top. Renfrew will be looking for all 3 points themselves having been unbeaten in 4 of their last 6 with a 3-1 home win v Greenock on their last WoSFL MD, and a win today would take them level on points with fourth placed Port Glasgow, who are the idle team this week
Royal Albert still only have a MD2 point v Newmains to show for their efforts so far this season but they will be hoping that changes today as they welcome mid-table Ashfield to Tileworks Park. Having conceded at least 3 goals in each of their past 6 games the Albert have to be on their guard against an Ashfield side who have scored 31 goals in their 9 games so far, a win for the ‘Field would see them make it three wins in a row and would see them join Gartcairn on 18 points.
Thorniewood are unbeaten in 4 in all competitions following last weeks 4-2 pen win over Dundee Violet in the Junior cup, and have won their past 3 WoSFL matches scoring 12 goals conceding 4, Glasgow United are unbeaten in their last 4 WoSFL matches with 2 draws and 2 wins and it promises to be a close one at Robertson Park. With Gartcairn and Port Glasgow not playing a Thorniewood win would lift them to 4th.
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There was only a solitary PDM Buildbase Conference A last matchday as Maryhill won 3-2 away too Girvan, leapfrogging them in the table as most of the other clubs took part in the Junior Cup, This week we were down for a full card but due to the ongoing pandemic a couple of games have fallen to isolation (Bellshill v Arthurlie and Lesmahagow v Girvan), whereas Muirkirk’s match v Saltcoats has been forfeited with Muirkirk given a default 3-0 victory.
Craigmark Burntonians can go level on points with leaders Arthurlie when they host Maybole at Station Park and confidence must be high at the Mark, having won 5 of their last 6 matches and sitting in third place with 22 points from their opening 10 fixtures. Maybole themselves have picked up a decent run of form in the league and are unbeaten in four. Both teams took part in the Junior cup last week and Craigmark scored 7 in a 7-1 win away to Lugar, Maybole for their part, lost seven in a 7-0 defeat at Newlandsfield to Pollok. A win for Maybole can put them level with 6th place Bellshill with the Rockburn Park side not playing this week.
Johnstone Burgh got back to winning ways on their last West of Scotland matchday having bounced back from two straight defeats with a 2-0 win over Glasgow University at Keanie Park and followed that up with a 4-2 win in the Junior Cup last week, The Burgh have been steadily climbing the Conference A table having put together 4 wins in their last 6 matches to occupy 7th but visitors Forth have an identical record of 5 wins 1 draw and 3 defeats from their first 9 matches also winning four of their last 6 but have taken 13 from the 18 on offer, however the Burgh have a slightly better goal difference. A win for either side would see them leapfrog Bellshill.
Lugar managed to score 4 goals in their last Rosebank outing but also conceded seven to keep their dismal run of form in place, failing to have taken a point since their opening day win over Saltcoats and it could be a long day as they host second place Shotts Bon Accord who know a win will put them top of the conference with Arthurlie not playing. Shotts have been in good form this season winning eight and losing only two of their ten games so far winning five of their last 6, scoring 21 goals in those games and only conceding seven, six of the goals scored coming in their 6-0 win at Forth in their last WoSFL outing.
Maryhill will be looking to build on their run of 2 wins in their last 3 as they host bottom placed Irvine Victoria at Lochburn Park. Their 3-2 win over Girvan lifted the ‘Hill to 9th and they could climb as high as 7th with a win. The Vics will be looking to pick up their first win of the season, a result that would lift them off the bottom with Saltcoats not playing.
The last match of Conference A for this match day see’s Whitletts Victoria face Glasgow University at Dam Park with the home side currently sitting in 4th position and their visitors in 12th. Whitletts are unbeaten in four, having won 3 and drawn one, and have won 4 of their last six matches whilst have only won on of their last four, having not picked up all 3 points in their last two, a 1-1 draw with Lesmahagow at Craighead Park, and a 2-0 defeat last time out at Keanie Park to Johnstone Burgh
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