Broughty Athletic JFC are currently a third of the way into their second season in the East Region Super League. After a decent maiden season last season which saw the Fed finish tenth in the sixteen team top tier, everyone, including some within the club, thought it would be a hard season this season, but Fed manager Keith Gibson and his squad of players have so far upset the odds and are quietly going about their business as they sit second top in the league.
Pos P W D L F A GD Pts 4 Penicuik Athletic 30 14 7 9 65 45 20 49 5 Dundonald Bluebell 30 13 6 11 65 58 7 45 6 BAJFC 30 12 7 11 46 55 -9 43 7 Broxburn Athletic 30 12 6 12 69 57 12 42 8 Linlithgow Rose 30 11 7 12 39 37 2 40
With 22 points from a maximum 30 points available their opening 10 league games, sitting second top is a fantastic achievement in itself for the Broughty side. With just defeats from last season’s champions, Bonnyrigg Rose, and local side Carnoustie Panmure and a drawn game against Jeanfield Swifts, scoring the equalizer in the dying seconds of the game, has seen the Fed drop just 8 points so far.
At this stage of last season, Broughty sat with 11 points in the league from a possible 30 on offer after a decent start then the losses came. The club is only 17 points away from matching last season’s tally of 30 points which saw them take tenth place, so with 20 games to play the club can hopefully build on last season’s tally and league position, but nobody at the club is getting carried away, there is a lot of hard games to come home and away.
Club captain Jamie Winter (pictured above against Penicuik Athletic) spoke of his side’s great start to the league campaign and had this to say…
“Who would have thought we’d be sitting second top after a third of the season. Young Ryan Blair stepping up from the amateurs has settled right into the squad and side, he’s a cracking lad and player. We have young Matty Adam (pictured below) upfront, he never gives up, battles away and will hopefully see more goals coming his way through time. Ross McCord has been a major signing for us too, helping me in the middle of the park, we work together very well and its great knowing he reads the game well and can pass the ball with precision. Big Jay Smart is rolling back the years and has been instrumental in our defence as well as getting upfield and knocking in the goals. Stewart Petrie was brought in as our new assistant manager and the boys are buzzing with his fast-paced, intense training sessions, we actually look forward to coming to training to get going with him, and it’s paying off so far.
Our feet are firmly on the ground and we’re just taking every game as it comes be it in the league or cup competitions, no one is getting carried away. We had a great four-game winning run in the league recently, something that was unheard of last season, with two cup wins thrown in, some achievement for our side and long may it continue again.
We’re hoping for a decent cup run in all three competitions too, we’re still gutted we missed out on last season’s GA Engineering final, losing at home to Jeanfield Swifts in the semi-finals, that’s something we aim to change. We’ve a hard game this Saturday away to Johnstone Burgh in the Scottish Cup, but we’ll be up for the game and ready come kickoff time.
The club are doing well, on and off the field, we have a great set-up and a great spirit this season and hopefully we can repay the owner, management, committee and supporters with some long overdue silverware of some sort at the club, we can only go out and take a game at a time and see what happens…”
This Saturday see’s the Fed in Scottish Cup action away to west coast side Johnstone Burgh at Keanie Park, should the game finish after ninety minutes and no replay is required, then the Fed will be looking hastily for their next Super League fixture to get back to league business and press for more points as the season heads into the winter months.