And just like last week the occasion was the Sectional League Cup, the traditional curtain-raiser of the West Region Junior season. Bellshill Athletic, who played in the Superleague Premier Division as recent as 2009/10, took on St Roch's at Provanmill Park in the northeast of Glasgow. Despite two successive relegations, Bellshill should have been the favourites: they play in the Central Division One, one tier above St. Roch's who play in the Central Division Two. However, Bellshill have been struggling so far and are bottom of the Section 3 table with nul points (the winners of each section will face each other in a knock-out format). Amazingly last Saturday's game ended up with lowly St Roch's thrashing Bellshill 7-3.
The first half was entertaining and when the ref blew his whistle after 45 minutes Bellshill could count themselves lucky with a 2-2 half-time score, which was mainly thanks to St Roch's wastefulness in front of goal. Shortly after the interval the Candy Rock really went to town and it did not take long before they were 5-2 up. Bellshill managed to pull one back but it was not the start of a comeback as St Roch's managed to score another two.
Normally I always like to give you the names of the goal scorers as well but neither of the two teams have an updated website and there appear to be no local rags reporting on the exploits of the two clubs. To make sure this will not happen again I will make notes of the goal scorers and times scored like a true anorak groundhopper from now on.
On another note, at the start of this post I mentioned visiting Petershill Park last week: Provanmill Park is the exact opposite of Peasy's home ground: run-down but full of character and steeped in history, the way a junior ground should be!
The Red Road towers were dubbed 'Suicide Central' last year.
Saturday 6th August 2011
Surridge Sectional League Cup Section 3
St Roch's 7 Bellshill Athletic 3 (HT score: 2-2)