Mid-Year Review

We’ve reached the halfway stage of the SHFL season so time to take stock of where things are for the season. The table below shows the past six seasons and suggests we’ve fallen back a bit on last season’s performances.

W D L F A Pts

2013-14 12 0 5 40 25 36

2014-15 4 6 7 22 32 18

2015-16 4 4 9 24 37 16

2016-17 5 1 11 25 39 16

2017-18 8 1 8 41 40 25

2018-19 6 1 10 31 39 19

However, looking at the season so far, we’ve had some excellent results, some tight games and some poorer performances. We carried a few injuries into the season and have missed some key players in James Blanchard, Steven Davidson, Liam Forbes, Grant Pennet and Dan Smith. Add to that the injury to Dane Ballard away at Rothes and the decisions by Paul Sutherland and Blair Maclennan to take a break from football and we haven’t had our problems to seek. A further disappointment is that Leszek Nowosielski and his wife have decided to move home to Poland at the end of November. However, we have to respect the decisions made and push on.

Away from the league we’ve had some better performances in the four cup competitions we enter. We ran Cove Rangers close in the Aberdeenshire Cup, had a very good win against Bonnyrigg Rose in the Scottish Cup but, unfortunately, couldn’t take advantage of the home draw against University of Stirling in the second round. Last Saturday we reached the second round of the Highland League Cup for the first time since Season 2012-13 by beating the SHFL second place side Fraserburgh away at Bellslea Park. A quarter-final tie away against Formartine United won’t be easy but we’ll give that our best shot.

Looking forward to the second half of the season, starting at Lossiemouth this Saturday, we need to maintain the sorts of performances we put in against Bonnyrigg and the Broch, continue competing in every game, get our remaining injured players back available and, perhaps, add a couple of players to the squad.

Attendances at home matches and utilisation of the Sponsors Lounge have both been lower than hoped for this season with a consequent hit to the Club’s cashflow. Clearly this restricts the Club’s development and could, ultimately, risk the Club’s continuance. What we very much need from our loyal supporters is continued support at our games and of our commercial activities, e.g. 50/50 Club, the Christmas Jumper Day on 22nd December and our 80th Birthday Party at The Banff Springs Hotel on Saturday 13th

April 2019. Keeping the Club going in the right direction is a daily task on and off the field and needs everyone in the area to get behind Deveronvale. If you feel you can offer any help with regards to sponsorship or matchday assistance, please contact myself, any other Club director or email deveronvalefc@highlandleague.com to discuss further.

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