The PDM Buildbase West of Scotland Football league reaches matchday 10 tonight and it’s a packed card across four of our five divisions tonight.
Our Matchday previews start in the Premier Division where league leaders Auchinleck Talbot look to continue their unbeaten start to the season, which has saw them win eight straight matches after an opening day draw with Clydebank, most recently a 1-0 win away to Rutherglen Glencairn when Beith Juniors visit Beechwood. The visitors are looking to get back to winning ways after a loss and a draw in their last two matches, the latter a 2-2 tie with at home to Benburb.
Second place Kilwinning Rangers are also at home and hoping a win can close the gap should Talbot slip up, but it wont be easy for Chris Strain’s men as they face a Cumbernauld side led by Tony Fraser who have won 3 of their last 6 matches including 2 in their last 3, with Saturday bringing a home win v Hurlford. The Buffs are still unbeaten after 9 matches and have scored more goals (31) than any other team in the Division and they will be looking to bounce back from Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Rossvale, a result that was their second draw in their last three matches.
Clydebank find themselves on the road with a visit to the KG Stadium, home of Blantyre Victoria hoping theres less drama than their 2-2 draw with Irvine Meadow on Saturday that saw Nicky Little notch his 100th club goal in the 6th minute of injury time from a free kick to snatch a point when it looked like Meadow would be taking all three back to Ayrshire. They face a Blantyre Vics side looking to make it 3 unbeaten, having beaten Troon away at Portland Park, and then on Saturday drawing 1-1 with Kilbirnie Ladeside at the KG.
Pollok face Largs at Newlandsfield and will be hoping for a return to winning ways, having fallen to a 1-0 defeat away to Cumnock Juniors on Saturday, only their 2nd defeat of the season having won four and drawn one of their previous five fixtures whilst Largs will be looking to stop the rot with only 1 win in their last six having lost their last five matches in a row, the latest a 2-0 defeat at home to Darvel.
Speaking of Darvel, they face a stern test with a home match against Irvine Meadow, who as we have already covered must have thought they were gathering all 3 points on Saturday before a late Bankies equaliser. Darvel had a 100% start until a 1-0 defeat to Kilwinning Rangers, before a COVID outbreak saw their next 2 games postponed, They got back to league duty on Saturday and the aforementioned 2-0 win over Largs, where Darren Miller notched a goal of the season contender with an effort from inside his own half. Meadow can leapfrog Darvel in the table with a win so it could be a thriller at Recreation Park
It’s Landlord v Former tenant at Tinto Park tonight as Rossvale return to face Benburb with the hosts looking to get back to winning ways with a loss and a draw in their last two matches, a 2-2 draw at Bellsdale on Saturday and a 2-0 home defeat to Glencairn a week ago today whilst Rossvale will be buoyed with a 1-1 draw with unbeaten Kilwinning on Saturday being one of only four points they have picked up in their 9 games so far
Hurlford have been quietly going about their business and the Blair Park side sit 7th in the table with four wins, three draws and two defeats from their opening nine matches, however only 2 of those wins have come in their last 6 matches with a win sandwiched between two draws in their last three games, a 1-0 defeat to Cumbernauld on Saturday means a win for Cumnock at Blair Park tonight could see them overtake the Ford in the standings. Cumnock themselves have yet to draw a match winning four and losing four of their eight matches so far but they can take confidence from their 1-0 win at home to Pollok on Saturday.
Rob Roy welcome Rutherglen Glencairn to Guys Meadow looking to restart a winning run having won four on the spin before Saturday’s 3-1 defeat to Glenafton at Loch Park. Stewart Maxwell’s side got off to a slow start losing their first four before a wins over Kilbirnie, Cumnock, Blantyre Vics and Bonnyton saw them climb to mid-table. Glencairn narrowly lost 1-0 to leaders Talbot on Saturday ending a run of three without defeat having beat Benburb 2-0, came back from 4-1 down to draw 4-4 with Kilwinning Rangers and drawing 1-1 at Blair Park with Hurlford
Troon face off against Glenafton at Portland Park tonight and the Seasiders will be looking to continue a decent run of form that’s seen them win two of their last three, winning 3-1 away to Bonnyton on Saturday but Glenafton themselves will be re-building some confidence following their 3-1 win v Rob Roy on Saturday, having lost the previous three matches before then. A win for Glenafton would also see them move level on points with Troon to give them an added incentive
The bottom two face each other at Valefield as managerless Kibirnie, fresh from gaining their first point of the season on Saturday after a 1-1 draw away to Blantyre, face Bonnyton, who themselves sit on three points courtesy of a 3-1 win over Pollok on Matchday 2 but theres been little cheer for them since then losing their next 6 in a row. A win for the Blasties will see them at least switch places with Bonnyton, for whom a win could see them climb above Rossvale if results go their way.
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