After a month of hard training, the Welltrust FC lads hope to make it third time lucky against Sunday League side Jack Daniels FC. The match represents an ultra tough test for the lads against a top quality side.
All the boys have been working very hard in training, concentrating on flaws and mistakes that we have made in previous games. Training is split between attackers and defenders, and the skills passed on by both by manager Matt Johnstone and coach John Barclay have hopefully been valuable.
The lads hard at work in training!
The team will also play our first game in our new training kit. The all black kit will be used to avoid clashing with Jack Daniels who play in a strip close to our normal claret and amber colours. The Trust has no injury worries, but will be missing influential players Hugh "Shug" Toner and Drew "DD" Duncan. Added to that, defender Jason Henderson and 'keeper Wullie Farquhar. The Trust will welcome back midfielder Darryn Alexander and John Barclay could make his debut.
Gaffer Matt Johnstone added:
"Sunday's game represents another step along the learning curve for our lads, Jack Daniels are an established Sunday League side and will ask some different questions of us compared to previous matches we've played. But it's better to test ourselves against teams like this at this stage in our development as the management team still have a lot of learning to do as well as the players.
We have a few call-offs but that's where the large squad comes into play, it's up to those handed a task on Sunday to show they're worthy of filling a position. We have some real competition for places throughout the team and that can only be a good thing.
If we keep getting the commitment shown previously I've every confidence we'll pose some problems of our own and, in turn, this can create problems for the selection process in the future. Better to have positive issues to worry about and everyone involved has been delighted at the level of attendance at training and the willingness to take on board what the coaches are trying to put across.
We still have a very young squad with lots of learning ahead, both on the coaching side and in terms of actual match situations, this is just another learning experience for us all and I'm looking forward to seeing how we cope with a more experienced side than previously faced."
The game will be played at the Muirhouse Parks with a 2pm kick off. Now that the close season has reached it's boring worst, then why not get along and watch the lads in action.