Saturday 28th December at Strathmore Park, Scone sponsored by Jempson Joinery:
Scone ended 2019 with an unfortunate defeat away to Forfar West End at the weekend in the McBookie.com North Superleague. Despite both sides struggling in recent weeks this was a keenly contested match & a much improved performance from Scone since the reverse of this fixture back in September. West End created the first chance of the game in the opening minutes but their effort was ruled offside and Scone continued to pass the ball around well with Ross Mitchell creating the first of Scone’s chances in the opening minutes before trailist Galletly had a shot off target on 13 minutes. Mitchell created a further couple of chances for Scone before Gavin Sorley was called into action at the other end on 35 minutes but neither side could find the breakthrough before the interval.
Half time score: Forfar West End 0-0 Scone
Scone continued to look the more likely side to score with Mitchell forcing Gary Thain into a save on 51 minutes before Galletly again created another chance. Calum Black who was having another good game, had 2 chances of his own as the game hit the hour mark. The hosts made the first changes of the afternoon with 15 minutes to go but the game was unfortunately decided by a controversial moment on 78 minutes. With a Scone player down in the box from a heavy head knock, the referee allowed play to continue & when a Ricky Gillespie cross fell to the Scone defence, Sanchez was unfortunate to see his clearance end up in the back of the net. Scone then made changes themselves & continued to create chances with a trio of late free kicks & corners but were unable to find the equaliser. Scone were unlucky not to take anything from the game that their performance deserved & will hope their luck returns in 2020.
Full time score: Forfar West End 1-0 Scone
Man of the match for Scone: Calum Black (sponsored by Johnston Carmichael). After the match manager Sean Whitworth (sponsored by Balajee Spice) told Jaggies News “Again our performance level throughout the game was good, with unfortunate that the breaks again not going our way in front of goal. We are creating a lot of good efforts which is pleasing, along with competing throughout the pitch. We will work hard on getting a positive result which our play deserves“. Next up for Scone is the first of 3 home games for the Jaggies in January with Lochee United the first visitors of 2020 at the slightly later time of 1:45 on January 4th at Farquharson Park.
Off the park this week, Saturday’s bonus ball was number 9, there were no winners & we thank everyone who has made payments over 2019. This weekends jackpot rolls over to £175.
Elsewhere in the North Superleague:
Downfield’s game at home to Broughty Athletic was surprisingly postponed leaving 3 other games played in the North superleague. Carnoustie continued their good form winning 5-2 at home to Kirriemuir Thistle. Lochee Utd won away to Tayport 3-2 while North End & Luncarty shared the points in a 1-1 draw in Dundee. The final league table of 2019 is available here.