On the back of the recent announcements from the Scottish Government regarding the need to increase the restrictions as we enter Tier 4 nationwide, the IMG of the WoSFL have, after a long and thought-provoking discussion, decided that we will no longer accept any requests for friendly matches until such times as we feel it appropriate to re-introduce them. In line with the SG’s guidelines this will take effect from Boxing Day 2020. Any friendlies that have already been arranged after 25th December will be postponed.
We will be instructing the Referee Department and the SFA Events Department of this decision.
I have the full list ready to be published. However, due to a small technical issue with this website they cannot be published at the moment. I hope this issue will be resolved soon and I am aiming to get them issued before the end of the week.
Kennie Young, Secretary, IMG of WoSFL
Saturday’s game between Beith and Clydebank has been cancelled as a Premier Division league game and will now go ahead as the Soccer Shop Challenge Cup tie that was postponed yesterday.
To All Clubs
Now that Saturday’s deadline has passed, I can confirm that Benburb FC has taken the opportunity to withdraw from competing in the league.
That now leaves us with a Premier Division of 14 clubs. The conferences have 12, 13 and 9 teams. It is not possible to re-balance the conferences without major disruption to the results of the games that have already been played.
My full focus and that of the IMG is now on those 48 clubs that make up the leagues. At present the ‘Fixture List’ is only up to 2nd January 2021.
I shall now work on publishing the remaining fixtures, but before I do so, I will be re-arranging some of the existing games to try to keep as many teams playing as possible each Saturday.
I will try to limit the changes and keep as close as possible to the original. Some changes may however throw up a string of homes or aways, this is unavoidable and, again I hope to keep it to a minimum, but it is better this than having two or more teams sitting idle.
I hope I have your co-operation and understanding with this. Fixture lists have been updated. Can all clubs please check for changes?
IMG of the PDM Buildbase WoSFL
The SPFL have donated 66 match balls to the West of Scotland Football League.
The Interim Management Group has decided to put some aside to be used for cup finals etc., and that the rest will be used as an award for any team with a player who scores a hat-trick in a match!
Ryan Connelly of Craigmark Burntonians and Willie Sawyers of Kilsyth Rangers scored hat-tricks on the opening matchday 24th October. Nathan Marriott of Johnstone Burgh scored a hat-trick on matchday two 31st October.
Matchday three saw three hat-tricks! Eddie Haley of Carluke Rovers, Ciaran Lafferty of Bellshill Athletic, and Josh Cooper of Port Glasgow Juniors will all receive a commemorative match ball!
This will run until the stock of balls runs out. We are also awarding a ball to Neilston FC as they scored the first ever goal in the WoSFL, scored by Euan Clark on 24th October.
PDM Buildbase has confirmed its sponsorship of the West of Scotland Football League, which kicks off tomorrow.
The PDM Buildbase West of Scotland Football League sits at Tier 6 and 7 within the Scottish FA Pyramid.
The League was only approved by the Scottish FA a few months ago and is now the largest within the Pyramid. PDM Buildbase’s sponsorship will allow the League to develop and become even more relevant within the Scottish game.
PDM Buildbase has 25 branches throughout Scotland. Sixteen branches operate as a general builders’ merchant and nine branches specialise in drainage and civils materials. Eddie Hernon, Managing Director at PDM Buildbase commented:
“We wanted to be involved with the West of Scotland Football League from the beginning. It’s an exciting development within Scottish football and we’re delighted we have taken the opportunity to commit to the League in its very early stages. Football is such an important part of life in Scotland and this sponsorship is a way that we can invest back into our local community.”
Dave McKenna, Chairman of the PDM Buildbase West of Scotland Football League said:
“The clubs which make up the league are important members of their local community, mostly very long standing and providing a source of local pride and of course rivalry. The partnership comes about during difficult times for both football and industry in general. This speaks volumes for the commitment of everyone involved and bodes well for the future development and mutual benefit of both parties.
“Football is a hugely important part of life within Scotland. The highs, the lows, the goals, the anticipation, the excitement, the banter. We look forward to all of this and more as our new league finally kicks off as the PDM Buildbase West of Scotland Football League.”
PDM Buildbase has 25 branches throughout Scotland. Sixteen branches operate as a general builders’ merchant and nine branches specialise in drainage and civils materials. Branches are long-established companies that have been serving local trades people and the public for many years, with knowledge and experience to match. For more information www.buildbase.co.uk