• Derek Bell


This week's (late) round-up of the what's been happening around the Lowland League clubs.

Our first league opponents Bonnyrigg Rose had two signings -the return of Scott Gray and Daniel Baur on loan from Hearts. Baur getting a goal in their second friendly of the week a 2-0 victory at Rossvale which followed on from a 2-1 win at Tranent.

The much vaunted Kelty Heart had a quiet week, just the 7-1 win over Beith Juniors at the weekend,

Caledonian Braves, the new name for Edusport Academy (and it does appear to be official now) also played Rossvale and had a comprehensive 5-1 victory.

East Stirling meanwhile relaunched Shire TV with live streaming of their friendlies. Quite what the viewers made of a 1-0 defeat at Sauchie and a 0-0 draw at Inverurie Locos hasn't been recorded. They also signed Adam Murray.

It was a busy week in Innerleithen with Vale beating Heriot Watt Uni 5-2 at home and winning 4-1 at Dalkeith Thistle. They also signed Ryan Higgins from Heriot Watt, Jordan Easton from Easthouses Lily and resigned goalkeeper Andy McQueen on his return from a two year sojourn in Australia.

Cumbernauld Colts had a couple of friendlies losing 1-0 at home to Buckie Thistle and suffering a 6-2 home defeat at the hands of Rutherglen Glencairn.

Civil Service also played two friendlies beating Arniston Rangers 5-0 at home and getting a 1-0 win at Crossgates Primrose. Ex Berwick player Josh Morris signed up for them and they took Callum Yeats and Jack Hodge on loan from Hibs.

The students from Stirling took part in the Westfield Tournament at Dunipace beating Scone 3-2 on Saturday and then beating Camelon by the same score in the final. Earlier in the week the drew 2-2 at Blackburn United.

Gala took part in a friendly at Coldstream winning 3-2, the proceeds from the game going to the My Name Is Doddie foundation. Gretna lost 3-1 away at Threave Rovers while Dalbeattie Star put 4 past Lochmaben to no reply.

Finally The Spartans had been promoting their game against European Champions Liverpool extensively but ended up losing 1-0 to a late Mo Salah goal. Later on in the week they would win 3-1 at Jeanfield Swifts.

CORRECTION - it was Liverpool U23s (seriously, well done to Spartans they made quite an event of this game)

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