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Lowland League Team / Yellow Derby Victory
« on: August 03, 2019, 04:18:03 PM »
Colts 2-1 BSC

What an entertaining evening at Broadwood!
Sunshine, good football, three goals and plenty of goalmouth incidents and near misses. A closely fought contest that looked as if it would end level if not for Marty Wrightís very late winner. A great performance from Colts against the side that finished runners up in the league and league cup winners. Credit to the players and the coaches for a team effort that was rewarded with an unexpected victory. All of the team played well but our new goalkeeper was outstanding. Six out of six points and a reminder that Colts are capable of beating any team in the league.
Forza Colts!

Lowland League Team / A Good Start
« on: July 27, 2019, 08:11:09 PM »
Gala 0-3 Colts

What a great start to the season! An away victory. Three goals scored and none conceded. What makes it even more significant is that two of our regular back four were missing (Davidson and Kirwan) Organisation, hard work, creativity and good finishing all contributed to a well deserved victory. Also, pleasing to see two of the new signings scoring two of the goals, in addition to our own ĎMessií scoring number three.
The other new development was the arrival of our own ultras with drums and megaphone. They kept up the chants and the drumbeats throughout the ninety minutes. Obviously, brought us some good luck.
Looking forward to our first home game.

Forza Colts!

Lowland League Team / Pre-season optimism
« on: July 17, 2019, 05:12:12 PM »
I have watched a couple of the Colts pre-season friendlies and it has been good to see that we have retained a core of players who have served us well last season and seasons before. It is also good to see some new faces to strengthen our squad. It is likely that we will struggle against the clubs with bigger budgets but so what? I think it is enough to have a group of talented players who enjoy playing football, work hard to win and play attractive football that entertains. I feel confident that we will gain some surprise victories over the favoured top teams and with a bit of consistency achieve a top six placing but I, personally, will be happy to see the Colts play the brand of football that is a pleasure to watch.
Forza Colts!

Lowland League Team / From hope to despair
« on: May 06, 2019, 06:19:33 PM »
I have to admit that when I discovered that Colts had assembled a makeshift team for this cup tie it looked as if we would be beaten by the men from the Shire. However, the early goal by Fraser Team followed soon after by the red card shown to a Shire player provided grounds for hope. 1-0 up against ten men. It really did look as if we had a chance. In the end, towards the final 15 mins, hope turned to despair when slack defending allowed the Shire to equalise and then soon after a defensive error led to the Shireís winning goal.
In a sense, that one game summed up the latter half of our season: inconsistency and costly errors.
Nevertheless, we are still punching above our weight in this league and we are the holders of the League Cup. We have much to be proud of and if we could receive more support from my fellow citizens in Cumbernauld then perhaps we could acquire more financial resources to strengthen our squad and compete at the top.
I look forward to a new season.
Forza Colts!

Lowland League Team / Equal Sixth?
« on: April 23, 2019, 08:37:53 PM »
Our final position? Equal on points with East Stirlingshire. I like to think we can call that equal sixth, although I suspect the official position will be seventh due to our inferior goal difference. We continue to compete and finish in the top half of the league which is something to be proud of, considering the league gets stronger each season.
We can now look forward to the league cup. Two victories and we will be in the final.
Letís do it! Forza Colts!

Lowland League Team / On our day......
« on: April 14, 2019, 05:01:57 PM »
Colts 3-0 Civil Service

A great day at Broadwood. My son and I are very grateful for the hospitality and comfort experienced on the last League home game of the season. And the icing on the cake (forgive any unintended pun) was to witness the Colts scoring three goals with none conceded against a team that have done so well this season and could still finish fourth. Victory against one of the top sides is not something unusual for the Colts. From season 1 (Ď15-Ď16 season) we have had victories against all of the top teams despite their bigger budgets and lengthier histories. Colts go into every game without fear because they know that they are capable of matching the best. I suppose our challenge is to find the consistency needed to reach into the top three. The fact that we are going into the last game knowing that we have a chance of overtaking East Stirlingshire for sixth position indicates how well we are doing within our financial limitations.

And who knows, maybe we can retain the Lowland League Cup trophy. Another great achievement.

Lowland League Team / The party was spoiled but......
« on: March 23, 2019, 06:45:52 PM »
EK 0-0 Colts

I did feel sorry for the many East Kilbride supporters who attended todayís game expecting to see their team winning the Lowland League Championship. I think itís the biggest crowd I have seen at a Lowland League game. Things didnít go according to plan. A New Town Derby 0-0 draw. I think it was an Italian journalist who suggested that the perfect score in football is 0-0 and this afternoon I think this game lived up to that suggestion. For me, it was an excellent defensive performance by the Colts with an outstanding display by our goalkeeper. There were times also when we came close to scoring with some very dangerous counter-attacks. EK played well, having most of the possession and creating most of the chances but Colts defended with determination, passion and bravery. Anyone who witnessed the game without knowing the positions of the two teams in the league would have difficulty in guessing that there is a big gap in the number of points accumulated and in their respective positions. Overall, a very enjoyable game even though we did spoil the planned party.
Well done, Colts. Forza Colts!

Lowland League Team / Picking up points
« on: February 25, 2019, 09:35:15 PM »
It was good to be back at Broadwood. Seemed such a long time since there had been a home game. We seem to have been picking up single points recently which is certainly better than no points. If we had taken our chances then we might have beaten Edusport but it wasnít to be. It would be good if we could get to the sixth spot again as we have done in the two previous seasons. That would be an achievement because the Lowland League gets more challenging every year.
It still feels like we are not firing on all cylinders but every team has difficult patches. I am sure we will manage to turn things around.
Forza Colts!

Lowland League Team / New Town Derby Defeat
« on: January 05, 2019, 08:57:44 PM »
Colts 0-3 EK

A difficult game to welcome in the New Year. Unfortunately, our New Town rivals are a very strong side and are the clear favourites to win the league. Our 4-5-1 formation looked promising as we created a couple of early chances and managed to contain EK until the half hour mark but once EK got their first goal we couldnít get back in the game. It seemed sensible to resort to the 4-4-2 in the second half but EK were the better side and deserved their victory.
The only consolation was the great soup that warmed us up on a cold afternoon. (If you havenít tried the soup then you should. Itís great.)
Anyway, Colts shouldnít be too disheartened, we beat Gretna away from home last week and if we pick up points against the teams below us we could get the fifth spot perhaps even the fourth. The important thing is to keep playing football as it should be played. I would be happy with that.
Forza Colts!

Lowland League Team / Losing the right way
« on: December 22, 2018, 07:08:15 PM »
Colts 1-2 BSC

We donít like to see our team beaten but itís much easier to accept when we give a good account of ourselves against strong opposition. There were mistakes and misses but it was refreshing to see the energy, determination and commitment that we expect from our team. We might not be able to challenge for top spot but if we can begin a run of good results then we could better our position compared to the last two seasons. Itís good to have a full squad again with players competing for positions.
Forza Colts!

Lowland League Team / A Dismal Day
« on: December 09, 2018, 04:57:33 PM »
Colts 1-2 Gala

Dull, cold and wet and unfortunately nothing in the game to brighten or warm the afternoon. We do seem to be going through a bad patch where things are just not clicking. Sloppy goals conceded, misplaced passes, missed chances, giving the ball away cheaply........so unlike the Colts. Despite this difficult time, there are reasons for optimism. With the return to the club of Gavin Lachlan and the return to fitness of Craig Murray, there will be greater strength in depth to our central midfield and that is perhaps the only area that we havenít had a settled pairing. When Colts are in form there is no team in our division that cannot be beaten by us. We have great players and great coaches, so we need to put the bad results behind us and recapture the qualities and strengths that Colts stand for.
Forza Colts!

Lowland League Team / Our own Messi
« on: November 12, 2018, 08:45:57 PM »
Just read that Stephen ONeill has made history by being the first Colts player to make 100 appearances for the club. I look back with fondness on those early games when my son, grandsons and I went to Broadwood to support our local team and we thoroughly enjoyed watching the Colts especially the OíNeill/Kirwan partnership. I remember trying to persuade my younger grandson that Stephen OíNeill was none other than Lionel Messi. I donít think he was entirely convinced but it was the skill and creativity of OíNeill that provided us with so much entertainment. He is the type of player that makes football worth watching.

Lowland League Team / A bad day at the office
« on: November 04, 2018, 06:02:47 PM »
Colts 1-4 Gretna
I suppose all of us have days when we are just not Ďin the zoneí. Thankfully, for the Colts such days are rare. It was just one of those days when the team was below par. The first half was scrappy and was probably one of the most lacklustre performances I have witnessed as a Colts fan. The second half was better but goals were given away cheaply and Gretna deserved their victory. I just hope that we can return to our winning ways. We have good players with a positive team spirit managed by two excellent coaches and supported by some dedicated volunteers. This is truly Cumbernauldís only senior team committed to our town. Hopefully, in time, more Cumbernauldians will come out to support a great local team. Forza Colts!

Lowland League Team / Lady Luck deserts us
« on: October 20, 2018, 08:57:18 PM »
A 4-1 defeat to BSC ends our Scottish Cup run for this year but I canít help feeling that with some good fortune the game could have been so different.
When I saw the line-up and the formation I was very optimistic. One of our strongest starting 11 for a good while.
The first half was very entertaining and as we were gaining the upper hand it did look as if we might go in level at half-time and take control in the second half but a controversial and scrappy goal seconds before the half time whistle seemed to be an omen that the gods were not on our side. And then a few minutes into the second half we lost another goal. We played some good football and created several chances but despite getting one goal back we went on to lose another two. It is difficult to see what went wrong. We were as good a side as BSC but we couldnít convert our chances into goals. Lady Luck seemed to be on their side.
The one consolation, for me, was that Colts continued to play with determination right up to the final whistle.
The Colts never give up. Forza Colts!
Good luck to BSC in the next round. They are presently playing some good football.

Lowland League Team / Yellow Derby Draw
« on: October 10, 2018, 06:52:18 PM »
BSC 2-2 Colts
Four goals and a game that deserves the cliche Ďa game of two halvesí.
We didnít really get going until the second half and just when it looked as if we were heading for defeat, Craig Holmes hit a shot that must be in contention for goal of the season.
Letís hope that we can raise our game at Broadwood against BSC in the Scottish Cup because a victory could lead to a very rewarding tie against a team from the upper divisions. (Including Championship teams I believe)

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