Pollok finally kick off 2024 today with a home match against Glenafton. After several postponements due to wintry conditions, Newlandsfield is basking in the morning sun for today’s game.
December 16th was the last time Pollok played when we beat Kirkintilloch Rob Roy 2-1 away. Everyone is raring to get back into action. Pollok are currently 7th in the West of Scotland Premier Division, with 22 points. Todays opponents, Glenafton, are currently 15th with a record of two wins, three draws, and seven losses, giving them a total of nine points.
The Glen’s had a change of management in November when Ryan Caddis replaced Mark Roberts in the hot seat.
Pollok has a good recent record against Glenafton, with four wins and one draw in the last five matches. The last meeting between the sides was in August at Loch Park, when Pollok won 5-2.
Glenafton was formed in 1930 and won numerous Ayrshire titles and cups. Their last title was the West of Scotland Super League Premier Division in 2017. The club have won two Junior Scottish Cups, beating Tayport in 1993 and then Auchinleck Talbot in 2017.
Last season’s WoSFL Premier Division champions, Beith, are the visitors to Newlandsfield this weekend in a crucial top of the table clash.
Beith are sitting second in the table, while Pollok are a place and a point behind. Both teams have games in hand on league leaders Clydebank.
It’s been over a month since Polloks’ last league game, after a run of Cup games taking place, and it doesn’t get any tougher than last season champions.
Last week, Pollok had a free weekend while Beith had a chance to close the gap on Clydebank as they travelled to Holm Park, Beith would leave empty-handed after Clydebank won 3-0.
Beith won both encounters last season between the clubs. They won 3-2 at Newlandsfield on Sept 2nd, 2022, and followed that up with a 1-0 win at Bellsdale Park in January of this year. The last five matches give Pollok the edge, winning three, with those two losses.
Founded in 1938, Beith are managed by Chris Strain, who was appointed at the start of last season and would guide the club to their league success. Beith won the Scottish Junior Cup in 2016, beating Pollok on penalties.
Pollok return to WoSFL Premier Division action after a couple of weeks playing Cup football. Troon are the visitors to Newlandsfield this weekend.
Pollok moved into the next round of the Scottish Cup with a 6-0 away win to Penicuik, where the club will now face Gala Fairydean Rovers. The ‘Lok are currently second in the league table and have lost only once this season in all competitions.
Last week, Troon went down 2-1 at home to Arthurlie, it has been a season of mixed results, so far for Jimmy Kirkwood’s men. They currently sit 11th in the table, with a record of two wins, two draws and four defeats. Their last five matches in all competitions have seen them win two, lose two and draw one.
In the last five matches between the clubs, Pollok have won four, with Troon winning one. The last meeting was a league match on April 1st 2023, when Pollok won 5-3, the Pollok goalscorers on the day were, Rumsby, Christie, Forde, Doherty and McCann.
There has been a football team in Troon as far back as 1875, the current club were formed in 1946. Manager Jimmy Kirkwood is in his second spell after a two-year period as General Manager. Kirkwood led Troon to promotion to the then newly formed West Premiership in 2018 at the first time of asking after relegation the year before.