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Lowland League Team / New Faces
« Last post by ErnSal on July 21, 2018, 08:06:20 PM »
My first Colts game since our glorious League Cup victory. A friendly against Wick Academy. It was an opportunity to see some new faces and to be entertained by Wick Academy's vocal support. (I.e. One man and a flag who provided a wide ranging repertoire of well known football chants adapted for his own team. Every team should have one brave and  eccentric supporter but I have no intention of volunteering)
It is always a bit sad to see players leaving the club in between seasons but it is inevitable in smaller clubs. Stephen Kerr and Gavin Lachlan both contributed greatly to the Colts achievements in past seasons. I'll particularly miss Gavin's dad who had become a regular Colts supporter.
Anyway, it's good to see that we have held on to almost all of last year's squad and added some promising players. Today wasn't really about winning although we did win (3-2) but Wick probably, on balance, deserved a draw. It was a good opportunity to give some of the new and the young a chance to show what they were capable of.
I am very much looking forward to the new season knowing that each year the Lowland League becomes stronger and more challenging. Forza Colts!
Lowland League Team / Magnificent!!! League Cup Winners 2018
« Last post by ErnSal on May 13, 2018, 08:18:53 PM »
Just back from Galashiels. What an afternoon!
1-0 behind at half time and down to 10 men. Things did not look good despite the sunshine and beautiful scenery around the ground.
Then we equalised. (Could we hold out for extra time?)
Then we took the lead. (Could we possibly win?)
Then we scored again. (I think we are going to win)
The Final Whistle. (Colts have won the League Cup!)
What a victory! A magnificent fight back.

Forza Colts!
Lowland League Team / Through to the Final
« Last post by ErnSal on May 06, 2018, 10:28:00 PM »
Colts 3-0 Stirling Uni

Through to the League Cup final. A convincing victory over a good side.
I hope we are heading for our first piece of silverware but even if we fail we have a lot to be proud of: Three seasons in the top six and two cup finals. We might not be as wealthy as some of our opponents but we make up for it in our style of play, determination and achievements. If we play to our best then I'm sure we can lift our first trophy.
Forza Colts!
Lowland League Team / Colts fighting spirit
« Last post by ErnSal on May 02, 2018, 10:11:34 PM »
On Saturday we were up against a Gala team that were physically strong and determined but we outplayed them. This evening we were three one down to Vale of Leithen but we fought back for a 4-4 draw to earn a well deserved sixth position in the league. (Special mention to Sean Brown)
Now all we need is the same fighting spirit combined with our usual organisation and creativity and we can beat the University of Stirling to reach another cup final.
Forza Colts!

Lowland League Team / Back to Reality
« Last post by ErnSal on April 21, 2018, 08:52:54 PM »
Colts 6-0 Vale of Leithen

I knew Wednesday evening was simply a bad dream. This afternoon we scored six goals against Vale of Leithen without conceding a goal and we go through to the next round of the cup. Just as in the movie Groundhog Day, you get more than one chance to change and improve your future.

It was a great afternoon to be a Colts supporter. Sunshine, beautiful football and plenty of goals.
I wonder how many more fans we would get if sunshine was the norm.
I look forward to our next cup game against Gala.

Forza Colts!
Lowland League Team / A Bad Dream
« Last post by ErnSal on April 19, 2018, 08:04:31 PM »
I had this dream that Colts were playing in a cup tie. They dominated the first half and created chance after chance. Two of the chances they converted and went into the tunnel at half-time with a two goal lead.
In the second half they created more chances but failed to score. Then my pleasant dream began to change for the worse. The opposition scored a goal, then scored a second goal and then in the last minute..........the Colts goalkeeper brought down an opponent and a penalty was awarded. The penalty was taken and beat the goalkeeper. It was all over. The Colts were out of the cup.

Thankfully, the Colts play in the Cup on Saturday and they play against the same opposition. So, my dream couldn't' have been reality.

Groundhog Day is in February, so Saturday should be a completely different day. (Fingers crossed)
Lowland League Team / Final home game
« Last post by ErnSal on April 07, 2018, 06:40:00 PM »
Colts 2-0 Dalbeattie

Our final home league game of the season. Not the same creativity and imagination as last week's performance but nevertheless a solid victory. It was interesting to see the Colts playing a 4-4-2 (my favourite formation) but perhaps such a formation does encourage solidity at the expense of creativity.

My son and I were discussing which teams in the Lowland League are the most entertaining and attractive to watch. We agreed that EDU, Spartans and the Colts are the top three. We also agreed that top of the list is the Colts. Admittedly we are Colts season ticket holders but that doesn't necessarily make us biased. :)

Looking forward to a victory in our final league game followed by success in the cup competitions.
Lowland League Team / Normal service resumes
« Last post by ErnSal on April 01, 2018, 02:39:12 PM »
Colts 5-2 Gretna

Great football and a great result. The game looked over within 30 minutes when Colts were three up but conceding two goals before half time changed all that.
Colts played some very attractive attacking football with plenty of creativity. Despite a lot of missed chances, five goals from four different players bodes well for the future. So many good individual performances combining to produce a very welcome victory.
Maybe we can still overtake Selkirk and Gretna. Finishing fifth would be quite an achievement this season considering the strength of so many of our opponents.
Lowland League Team / Referees change games
« Last post by ErnSal on February 24, 2018, 06:25:11 PM »
Colts 0-4 EK

At half-time things looked good. It was 0-0 and we were holding our own against our new town rivals, EK.
Then early in the second half Gavin Lachlan makes a challenge that the referee deemed to be a straight red.
That proved to be the game changer. As the Colts were still coming to terms with what seemed to be a harsh and unjustified red card, EK scored. For the rest of the game Colts tried to get forward and this created spaces for EK to exploit. To rub salt into our wounds the referee and linesmen failed to see a handball by an EK defender in the penalty box.

I'll tune in later to EKFC television to have a look at the incidents again but there is no doubt that the red card transformed the game. So disappointing!
Lowland League Team / A victory snatched from us
« Last post by ErnSal on February 17, 2018, 01:12:55 AM »
Colts 2-2 Gala

The omens were not good before the game: no O'Neill, no Sean Brown and a young goalkeeper straight into the first team. To make matters worse, Kirwan was taken off injured during the first half. However, despite the warning signs we scored the first goal and matched Gala in the first half although losing a goal soon after our first just before half time.
The second half was a different story: we improved while Gala faded. We took control, scored a second goal and looked as if we would add to our lead but........the fates were against us. In the closing minutes we lost a goal very much against the run of play. The game ended in a draw but it felt like a defeat. Perhaps Gala are our bogey team.

Big challenges ahead that could determine who will win the league. We have already taken five from six points from BSC but can we also upset two of the other major contenders: East Kilbride and the Spartans. We will have to be at our best.
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