Weekend football hit by the big freeze

Colony Park Juniors Manager Charlie Ferries pictured at a frozen Harlaw Park on Satrurday. '(Picture by pauldouglaspictures.com)
Colony Park Juniors Manager Charlie Ferries pictured at a frozen Harlaw Park on Satrurday. '(Picture by pauldouglaspictures.com)

SATURDAY and Sunday saw a virtual wipe-out of football around the Garioch with the Locos derby clash with Formartine falling foul of a 12.30 inspection and Colony Juniors and Juveniles suffering similar fates.

Locos Chairman Willie Lippe was on hand for the inspection and it was no surprise when the game was postponed due to a frozen park. Willie was however glad to note that , despite the cancellation, most of those who had booked in for hospitality decided to stay and enjoy the atmosphere in the club with master of ceremonies Ian Thain keeping the diners happy.

Colony Park Juniors had an earlier call off away to Newmachar so manager Charlie Ferries popped in by Harlaw Park in the hope that Locos game might have been given the green light.

Charlie said, “After our win last week I was keen to get the game against third placed Newmachar who we lost narrowly to earlier in the season. We did a light training session this morning and the boys were buzzing.

“This week we secured three new loan signings and we are keen to see how they will bolster our squad. Scott Mcintosh rejoins Colony from Inverurie Locos and we know Scott is a fine attacking player who maybe needs a regular game and if he can get on the scoresheet as he often did in juvenile football he will be a great asset to us.

“Two other ex Colony players joined on loan with keeper Craig Duguid coming from Culter and Michael McTavish from Formartine.

“For the last six weeks we have had Ian “Cup Tie” McKay working with the lads at training and that has been a great boost for the team.”

Next week the Juniors will face the League leaders Portgordon Victoria who are 17 points clear at the top , unbeaten in all 13 matches in their debut season.

In the Juvenile league, only one match was played involving Colony when the Under 17 Park side faced Banks O’Dee Albion in the Association Trophy. The match took place at Spain Park on the big new 4G Astro surface, the only fixture to survive the freeze except those in balmy Peterhead and sunny Banff.

The opposition were one of the top teams in Scotland last year and while Colony are leading the B league it was always going to be a tough task against their A league opposition.

For most of the first half only a single goal separated the two sides but in the last ten minutes Colony conceded another four in a mini collapse. Despite some excellent goalkeeping from Coutts a further five goals in the second half sealed their fate and an exit from the cup.

The 17s face another tough cup match next week when they take on A league Leaders Banchory away from home.

Weather permitting other fixtures see the 16 Park at home to Huntly, the 16 Colts away to Summerhill and the 16 Lads host Fraserburgh at Davidson Park. Next Sunday the 15 Park are up against Culter in the Belmont Trophy while the 15 Colts face Cove, the 14 Park are on the road against Deveronvale while the 13 Park take a trip to the Blue Toon to face Peterhead Phoenix. With some of the teams having had no games since November, next week could see some interesting results.