League: Kilmarnock Pie WOSFL Cup

Hurlford Utd vs Pollok

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It may be the close season for the majority of clubs across Scotland but for Pollok we have the Kilmarnock Pie WoSFL Cup semi-final this weekend away to Hurlford.

Blair Park hasn’t been a good venue for the ‘Lok, our only win there was in the West Of Scotland Cup final of 1987 against Auchinleck Talbot. Kilwinning Rangers await the winner next week.

Both matches this year between the clubs have ended in draws, back in August it was 0-0 at Blair Park then in March it finished one a piece at Newlandsfield. Seven of the last 16 games played between the clubs has ended in a draw, so a close game could be on the cards.

Hurlford dispatched of Arthurlie in the previous round, winning 3-1 at Blair Park, in the same round Pollok beat Clydebank 1-0 at Newlandsfield.

Hurlford started their WoSFL Cup run at home against Vale of Leven, the game finished 1-1, with Hurlford winning 6-5 on penalties. Kilbirnie Ladeside were the next visitors to Blair Park and were beaten 2-0. Next up was a trip to James McGrory Park to face St Rochs, leaving with a 2-1 win to set up their quarter final tie with Arthurlie.

Hurlford were formed in 1912, they are managed by Darren Henderson. The last trophy they picked up was the West of Scotland Junior Cup when they won it 2018. They have won one Scottish Junior Cup, lifting the famous trophy in 2014.

Several former players have played for Kilmarnock, David Bagan, a cup winner with Killie, Davie Sneddon, a league winner with Killie in 1965 and a man of many clubs, Mark Roberts.

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Maryhill v Pollok

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It’s Kilmarnock Pie West of Scotland Football League Cup action this weekend with Pollok facing Maryhill. Although it’s classed as an away match the game has been switched to Newlandsfield.

It is a chance for Pollok to return to winning ways following last week’s disappointment away to Auchinleck. The defeat was the first since way back in August 14th, a phenomenal run.

Maryhill are currently 4th in West Of Scotland Football League Conference A, with 14 wins, 2 draws and 10 defeats in their 26 games played. Last week they took on league leaders Arthurlie at Dunterlie and went down 2-0. In the previous round of the Kilmarnock Pie League Cup, Maryhill travelled to Cumock and left with a 2-1 win.

Pollok’s previous game in the tournament was a 6-0 home win against Campbeltown Pupils.

Maryhill were formed in 1884 and won the Scottish Junior Cup in 1900 and 1940. The clubs last trophy was back in 2013 when they lifted the West Central Division 2 title.

The last competitive match between the clubs was back in 2019 in the Sectional League Cup, again the match was classed as an away match although played at Newlandsfield, Pollok ran out 8-0 winners on the day.

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Pollok vs Campbeltown Pupils

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Pollok v Campbeltown Pupils

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Pollok are in Kilmarnock Pie WoSFL Cup first round action and we welcome a new opponent for the club with the visit of Campbeltown Pupils.

The ‘Lok go into the game on the back of a 4-0 win over Cumock last week at Newlandsfield, goalscorers were Adam Forde, Bryan Wharton and a double from Matty Grant.

Campbeltown play in WOSFL Division 4, their game last week against St Peter’s was postponed due to weather conditions. The club currently find themselves bottom of the league, with 9 points from 17 games, their record is 3 wins, 3 draws and 11 defeats, unfortunately for them they had 3 points deducted due to fielding an ineligible player.

Pollok manager Murdie MacKinnon gave us his thoughts on Saturday’s opponents.

“We look forward to welcoming Campbeltown pupils to Newlandsfield.” Murdie said, “We are expecting a highly competitive cup tie. Campbeltown will come with high hopes of causing an upset and we need to ensure that we go out and give a level of performance that is fitting of this game and the cup.”

Murdie hopes we can go far in the tournament but won’t over look Campbeltown.

“This is our first journey in this tournament and it is one we would like to go on and win. In order to do so, it is vital that we show Campbeltown every respect , as we always do with every opponent, and play with some of the attacking flare of last week. We look forward to what will be a very good game.”

There will be another foodbank collection at the Pavillion, so anything you can donate would be welcome.

As this is the first encounter between Pollok and Campbeltown we would like to offer a warm welcome and hope they can go on to have a successful time at West Of Scotland Football League level.

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