New Cumnock to Newlandsfield
Glenafton return to Newlandsfield today on league business for the first time since the sides met on 25th May 2009 on what was the last league game of the season. All the goals came in the first half with a Paul McMullan effort for the Glens sandwiched between strikes from Andy Essler and Bryan Dingwall. While Pollok finished runners-up to Meadow the Glens finished 10th and lost out in the play-off to Lanark United and were relegated to the Super 1st Division after seven consecutive seasons in the top flight. Glens: Fahey; Connolly, Merrilees, McGregor, Ward; Doyle, Ramsay (trialist), Howie (Beattie as trialist), McMullan; Feroz, Zok
All the members of that side have since moved on including Steven McGregor and Jamie Doyle both of whom later turned out for Pollok. In the current Pollok squad is the familiar face of Kevin McBride who has had a number of spells with Glenafton, most recently in 2010/11 when he made 15 appearances for the club and scored on his ‘debut’ away at Ashfield. Also making his debut that day was Stephen Docherty, who had joined from Pollok, and he too made 15 appearances and scored one goal – in the league win at Shotts. Steven Reilly, a summer signing from Bo’ness United had a 5 game loan spell from Queens Park at Glenafton in season 2009/10.
Pollok connections in the current Glenafton squad are captain Robbie Henderson who was on Pollok books in 2007 and Craig McEwan, who made the move from Pollok to the Glens with Stephen Docherty in 2010/11. The two sides last faced each other in January of this year when the Glens enjoyed a comfortable 3-0 win at Loch Park in the 2nd round the West of Scotland Cup with goals from Paul McKenzie (2) and Gareth Campbell.