Matchday 10 Conference A Preview – Wednesday 18th August 2021

We continue our pre match previews with a look at the PDM Buildbase West of Scotland League Conference A fixtures for tonight

Leaders Arthurlie may have lost their 100% record at the weekend following a 3-3 draw with Muirkirk, having been 3-1 ahead, but they are still unbeaten and will be looking to keep up that streak as they travel to Lochburn Park to play Maryhill who brought to an end their dismal run of form with a 1-0 win away to Forth Wanderers on Saturday having lost their prior four league matches and will be itching to build on that and get a winning run of their own.

At Rockburn Park Bellshill face Shotts Bon Accord with Shotts sitting in 2nd and Bellshill in 6th, A win for Bellshill would move them to within two points of Shotts, with a game in hand but the visitors will be looking to keep up the pressure on Arthurlie above them, and take advantage of any slip ups from the ‘Lie. Both teams are in good form with Bellshill winning 4 of their last 6 and Shotts 5 of their last 6 so it promises to be quite the match.

Craigmark bounced back from midweek defeat to edge out Johnstone Burgh 4-3 on Saturday and will be looking to return from Lugar with all 3 points and keep pace with the top two, and maintain their good form where they have taken 12 points from a possible 18 with 4 wins and 2 defeats in their last six matches. Lugar have endured a hard start to the season having won only 1 of their opening 9 matches, which was back on Matchday 1 where they beat Saltcoats Victoria 3-2 at Campbell Park and they will be looking to kickstart their season with a win tonight.

Whitletts are another side on a good run of form having won their last three in a row, beating Lugar 4-2 on Saturday and they face Maybole at Dam Park tonight who themselves have also won their last three but they still find themselves seven points behind their hosts having lost the three matches prior to their upturn in form, their latest match a 2-0 win over Irvine Victoria on Saturday. A win for Whitletts will keep them in touch, if not level on points with the teams above them come full time dependent on results.

Muirkirk will be looking to make home advantage count as they welcome Girvan to Burnside Park looking to turn draws into wins having drawn 3 of their last 6, they have only tasted defeat once so far this season and will be hoping to add another win to the collectio

 

n but Girvan will be travelling with confidence having won 2-0 at home to Saltcoats on Saturday, ending a 2 game run of no wins, having drawn and lost their previous two games prior to Saturday.

At Keanie Park, Johnstone Burgh will be looking to bounce back from that 4-3 defeat to Craigmark as Glasgow Uni come to town. The Burgh had enjoyed four wins in a row but defeat in their last two have stopped their progress up the table, sitting in 7th, and they will be looking to get back to winning ways whereas The Student’s could go above them with a win despite sitting in 12th place as only 3 points currently separate the sides, and Glasgow Uni have a much better goal difference. Glasgow Uni also had a free matchday on Saturday with their match v Bellshill moved to the 25th of August and they will be hoping the rest during such a hectic period will give them the energy they need to leave with all 3 points.

Lesmahagow find themselves sitting fourth bottom of the league having had a difficult start to the season picking up 2 wins and a draw, as well as 6 defeats in their opening 9 games, with no wins in their last 3 although they were narrowly edged out 2-1 by high flying Shotts on Saturday, Forth also come into the match on the back of a defeat to Maryhill and with no win in two but they put together a run of 3 wins in a row prior to that to sit mid-table and 6 points ahead of tonights opposition.

The bottom two face off against each other at Campbell Park as Saltcoats Victoria, who have yet to

pick up a point this season host Irvine Victoria who sit one point above them in the table after they picked up a point last midweek with a stunning 5-5 draw with Girvan. Both teams will be looking to take all 3 points and the confidence a win can bring to help them start to move up the table

We’ll do our best to keep you up to date with the latest from around the grounds through our social media platforms from around 6:30pm tonight