Friday, 30 January 2015

Spartans FC v Gretna FC 2008
Scottish Lowland League
Saturday 31st January 2015
Ainslie Park, Edinburgh 3pm

Gretna FC 2008 get back into action tomorrow with a visit to Lowland League glamour side, Spartans FC.
Spartans have signed left wingback Eddie Malone ahead of tomorrow's match with Gretna FC 2008. Eddie was coaching full time in America following a SPL career with a number of clubs including Morton, St Johnstone and Dundee. On the other hand, Spartans will be without record breaking striker Keith McCloud red carded in last week's game. While Gretna have recorded 10 wins on the trot; Spartans have faltered of late, perhaps losing their concentration as they look ahead, deservedly, to their history making William Hill Cup tie encounter with Berwick Rangers next week.

Gretna last five aways WWWWW
Spartans last five homes WWLLD
Lowland League head to heads Gretna lead 2-1

Coach times:
Carlisle  11:00 
  Gretna: 11:30
Lockerbie: 11:50
There are a limited amount of seats available and these will be given on a first come first serve basis.
                        To book your seat please email Craig Williamson
confirming how many seats you need and where you intend
to get on the bus.

For those travelling independently, a traffic diversion is in operation at Ainslie Park. Please check the Gretna FC 2008 website for amended access arrangements.

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Saturday 31st Jan Spartans v Gretna FC (2008) Important Information

Hospitality will be available in the café/bar located on the first floor of the Clubhouse.

Please note -
Pilton Drive has been closed off at the junction with Ferry Road due to roadworks. Please follow the diversion signs to the ground.
Groundworks are taking place around the pitch and we would ask all spectators to keep off the grass areas surrounding the pitch.
Due to a recent Health and Safety audit undertaken by Ainslie Park Leisure Centre we have been asked to advise opposing clubs that they can no longer park their team coach within their car park. The coach can be unloaded in the first opening on the right when entering the Ainslie Park Leisure Centre car park but should be parked on Pilton Drive.

I look forward to welcoming your players, officials and supporters to Ainslie Park on Saturday.

John McCabe,
The Spartans FC.

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Frustrating weekend for Gretna

Ten wins in a row behind them, Gretna FC 2008 face a frustrating weekend as they chase in on the league championship.

Manager Stuart Rome was effusive in his praise for his players following last week’s end to end Lowland League match with Gala Fairydean Rovers at Galabank. Having built a three goal lead in the first half, Gretna were pummelled in the second by an indomitable Gala side. “They came back at us in the second half,” said Rome, “but I’m proud of the way my players stood up to everything they could throw at us. In fact if Brandon Longcake’s shot had not hit the post and if Scott Milligan had not headed narrowly over the bar, we could have increased our lead.” Gretna now trail Edinburgh City by two points, although the Capital club have games in hand.

If anything, the scheduled interruption gives Gretna the opportunity to assess and remedy the storm damage to Raydale; parts of the boundary fence was blown down and there was damage to the floodlights.

Gretna’s next match is away to Spartans FC on Saturday 31st January with a 3pm kick off. Next scheduled home match is against Selkirk on 7th February.