‘Frew v Glens Sat 13 Aug Ko 2:oopm
Glenafton travel to Western Park to face Renfrew on Saturday in the opening game of the league campaign. The ‘Frew were one of two teams (Clydebank the other) that enjoyed a league double over the Glens last season with 2-0 win at Western Park and a 1-0 victory at Loch Park. Nevertheless the New Cumnock side look back fondly on Renfrew, their victory at Girvan in the last league game of the season not saved them from relegation it allowed the Glens to snatch the play-off place from the Seasiders. The Frew have had mixed fortunes in the Sectional League Cup matches starting with a 4-0 loss at home to Port Glasgow followed by victories at Western Park over Greenock (5-0) and Johnstone Burgh before drawing away at Vale of Leven. Glenafton hope to have both Gareth Armstrong and Gareth Campbell will be available for selection after picking up injuries in the 4-1 tanking of Talbot at God’s Little Acre last weekend.
Former Afton Lads
Chris Cameron (left) and Chris Zok (right) played in the same Glens team that went on to lose the play-off at the end of Season 2008-09 and were relegated to the Super 1st Division. . Midfielder Cameron made 23 appearances wtih 7 of these from the bench and moved on to Frew the following season. Striker Zok made 31 appearances (with 7 from the bench too) and scored 10 goals. He finished 2nd top goalscorer to Craig Feroz (21 goals) and both players teamed up together at Kirkintilloch last season. Coincidentally there ‘replacements’ at the Rabs are fellow former Afton Lads – David Gormley and Adam Coakley.
Promoted sides Ardrossan Winton Rovers and Thorniewood United host relegated sides Lanark United and Rutherglen Glencairn respectively. While fellow promotees Dalry Thistle and Kilsyth Rangers host East Kilbride Thistle and Shotts Bon Accord. Ardagh Cup Quarter-Finalists Whitletts Victoria and Girvan meet at Dam Park, the Ayr side having topped their section with a 100% record, which included a 3-1 home win over Girvan. In the remaining fixture Hurlford United face Cumbernauld United at Blair Park in the knowledge that only a point, in favour of the visitors, separated the two sides in the league last season.