Matchday 12 Premier Division Preview – Saturday 28th August 2021

We have reached matchday twelve of the PDM Buildbase West of Scotland League and there are some big games over all five divisions, starting in the PDM Buildbase Premier Division where match of the day appears to be at Newlandsfield as 4th place Pollok take on fifth placed Darvel as both sides look to turn around recent league form that has saw the home side pick up one point from six, and the visitors two points from six. Last week on Scottish Junior Cup duty Pollok notched seven goals against fellow West of Scotland League side, Maybole from Conference A in a 7-0 win, whilst Darvel looked to have the points in the bag against Clydebank, being 2-0 up with less than ten minutes to play, but the Bankies rallied and scored the equaliser in the 93rd minute from the spot to deny Darvel the win. With both sides on 20 points, the winners will pull three points away from the other, although Darvel will still have a game in hand.

Leaders Auchinleck welcome Cumbernauld United to Beechwood Park with the visitors looking to build on last weeks win over Kilbirnie in the Junior Cup, having tasted defeat to Kilwinning last time they were on WoSFL duty. Talbot’s winning run in the league was also ended when they drew 1-1 with Beith back on the 18th of August, but like their opponents, bounced back from that draw to beat Montrose Roselea last week on cup duty. Cumbernauld currently sit 12th in the division, and a win, with other results going their way, could see them jump as high as eighth and a win for Talbot would ensure they stay top of the pile going into Matchday 13.

Benburb welcome Cumnock to New Tinto Park hoping for a change in league form that has saw them pick up one point in nine, knowing that a win would lift them above their Ayrshire counterparts who themselves have been in good form, and will be full of confidence after ending Kilwinning Rangers unbeaten start to the season last Saturday with a fine 1-0 win at Townhead Park and with the two teams above them Hurlford & Irvine Meadow’s match against each other already postponed, the ‘Nock could move into the top six with a win.

Glenafton visit Blantyre Vics at the KG Stadium a point behind their hosts and hoping last weeks 9-2 away win at Lochee Harp in the Junior Cup can kickstart a sluggish start to the season thats saw the Loch Park side pick up 7 points in 10 games so far this season, with 4 of those 7 points coming in their last six matches, Blantyre Vics themselves having played the same number of games sit on 8 points, 4 of those points coming in their last 3 league matches, as well as a 1-0 away win v Dundee Downfield last week in the cup.

Bottom club Bonnyton Thistle have not had their problems to seek in the league since their shock MD2 3-1 win over Pollok at the Synergy Arena and they will need a similar performance to the one they had then tomorrow as they face 2nd place Clydebank, who’s tails will no doubt be up after last weeks dramatic comeback against Darvel. Bonnyton have lost their last eight in a row, including a 3-1 defeat v Rossvale last time out, having lead 1-0 at half time but a win could see them climb off the bottom depending on how Kilbirnie fare at home to Glencairn, no small task given that Clydebank haven’t tasted defeat this season in the league so far, with 7 wins and 4 draws for the Holm Park side. Clydebank Captain Nicky Little also won the PDM Buildbase Goal of the Month for July this week with over 40% of the vote.

As we previously mentioned Kilbirnie Ladeside host Rutherglen Glencairn and the ex Greenock management team of Thomas Molloy and Shaun Dillon take their place in the Kilbirnie Ladeside dugout for the first time on league duty having been appointed last Thursday following the departure of Martin Ferry and his backroom team after a torrid start to the season. They lost their first match last week in the Scottish Junior Cup, losing to Cumbernauld, but with another week under their belts will be interesting to see if they can provide the spark to the Blasties season with a win that could see them leave the bottom three for this first time this season. Glencairn for their part currently sit 14th and are in good form as of late, making the quarter finals of the Strathclyde Demolition Cup last week being Division Four side Finnart Star 5-0 and taking 6 points from a possible 9 in the league, both on the road beating Benburb and Rob Roy, narrowly losing out to Auchinleck Talbot 1-0 in between those two matches.

Third place Kilwinning face Largs at Buffs Park looking to show their mettle after their first defeat of the season last week to Cumnock. The Buffs have won 3 of their last six with 2 draws and a defeat and will be looking to put the full three points on the board to keep pace with the top two. Largs themselves have had a difficult start to the season, picking up 7 points from their opening 10 matches, their last win coming on the 28th of July, a thumping 4-0 win over Cumbernauld away, but they did manage a good 1-1 draw with Pollok on their last league outing, and last week beat Conference B side Glasgow United 2-1 at Barrfields in the SJFA Cup.

Kirkintilloch Rob Roy take on Rossvale at Guys Meadow, hoping to recapture the form that saw them win four on the spin, before back to back defeats to Glenafton and Glencairn in their last two matches. A win could take Rob Roy as high as eighth but Rossvale will have table climbing ambitions of their own and a win for them would see them move above their hosts in the table, and as high as thirteenth and with two wins from their last three in the league Manager Ian Diack will be looking to make it four unbeaten.

Beith travel to Portland Park having ended Auchinlecks 8 game winning streak with a 1-1 draw at Beechwood and will look to build on that, a win for the Bellsdale Park side could put them as high as seventh in the table and four points ahead of their hosts, who themselves know a win would see them leapfrog Beith and could take them as high as eighth. Troon have been in good form themselves picking up 3 wins from their last 4 games in the league, most recently a 4-0 hammering of Glenafton, although they did taste defeat in the Junior Cup last week in a 10-9 defeat to Benburb on penalties following a 1-1 draw.

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