Saints back in ac­tion

The Oban Times - - Sport -

AFTER a well- earned break, Oban Saints play­ers will get back to se­ri­ous pre-sea­son train­ing over the next few weeks.

After a rea­son­able show­ing in the D& K Cup tour­na­ment where they fin­ished third be­hind win­ners Hamil­ton Ac­cies and Dundee United, the Oban lads will want to pick up the pace of things be­fore the sea­son starts on Au­gust 12.

The first 90-minute match of the pre-sea­son will see Saints take on Vale of Leven Ju­niors at Glen­cruit­ten rugby pitch this Satur­day, kick­ing off at 2pm. Ref­eree is John Stobo.

The Cen­tral League ju­nior out­fit have al­ready played two friendlies, draw­ing 1-1 with West Calder United and beat­ing Saints’ old friends Thorn Ath­letic 3-2 so this should be a tough test for the Oban side.

The fol­low­ing Satur­day South Lochaber This­tle will be the vis­i­tors to Glen­cruit­ten, kick- off 2pm. Ref­eree John Scott.

On Wed­nes­day Au­gust 2 Lochgilp­head Red Star are the op­po­si­tion at Glen­cruit­ten, with a 6.30pm kick- off. Ref­eree Jimmy Lit­ster.

To fin­ish off the pre-sea­son, Saints will take part in the Ar­gyll and Bute Cup tour­na­ment to be held in Lochgilp­head on Satur­day Au­gust 5.

Saints have been drawn in a tough group along­side Rothe­say Bran­dane, Dunoon and Neil­ston.

Although fail­ing to pick up any sil­ver­ware last sea­son, it was still a great ef­fort by the play­ers, reach­ing the semi-fi­nals of the Scot­tish Ama­teur Cup for the sec­ond time in two years, los­ing out in a penalty shoot- out in the fi­nal of the Jimmy Mar­shall Cup and fin­ish­ing sec­ond in a very com­pet­i­tive SAFL Premier Di­vi­sion.

Man­ager Alex Craik is still look­ing to strengthen his squad and is ask­ing any new play­ers to turn up to any train­ing ses­sion on a Wed­nes­day evening at 6.30pm at the rugby club.

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