Category: CLUB NEWS

Manager’s Thoughts: Keep Faith

During my 5 years as manager in the lowland league we have been tipped every year to go down. Every year people have a go at the club as being too small for this league. Every year they say the players aren’t good enough, the facilities aren’t good enough, and ultimately the manager is responsible.

I’m sorry to disappoint the armchair fans that have never kicked a ball in their life or the powers that be that put every obstacle in our way possible. We are not giving up without a fight.

We have a young side that hangs in the balance of confidence. I brought them in because they have talent and one win can turn our season around.

We have a few who know what it takes to avoid the drop but some who need to learn quickly.

Many seasons ago I won this league and have loved every minute of being involved in it. It’s not formations or tactics that will keep us up .. it’s heart and desire. Those things will never change in football.

We have games we can win coming up and we are going to give 100% for sure.

Keep the faith.

Chris

Scottish Cup Draw takes place

Vale of Leithen have been drawn away against Scottish North Juniors Superleague champions Banks o Dee in the draw Second Preliminary Round of the Scottish Cup, which took place on Tuesday. Its the sixth season in a row the club have been handed an away tie. The match will take place on Saturday 12 December 2020 at Spain Park in Aberdeen.

Manager Chris Anderson said: ” The Scottish Cup is something special and everyone will be looking forward to the trip. Banks o Dee are a good side, their record speaks for itself, but we will be relishing the trip and the chance to progress to the next round.”

Chairman Stuart Robertson said: “I thought we would have been due a home tie, but that’s the luck of the draw. As a club, we will do everything we can to help the boys prepare the trip up north.”

Vale sign-up future talent

Vale are committed to developing local players – Manager Chris Anderson is looking to the future with the signing of 16 year old defender Stan Swain.

Manager Chris Anderson said: “Stan is only 16 and is a player with lots of potential. He’s someone that myself and club captain Ger Rossi have known for a while having come through Peebles Youth and attended sessions with CG Elite Coaching as a youngster. We have to give local players a pathway to play at the highest level they can and I expect Stan to use the example of another local player Michael Robertson in developing into an established Lowland League player.” Welcome to the Vale Stan.

Ando adds 3 signings to squad

We are less than 48 hours before our opening game against Berwick Rangers kicks off, but Manager Chris Anderson continues to add to his squad.

Nick Weir (defender), Robbie Neave (midfielder) and Arran Laidlaw (forward) have signed on season long loans from Bonnyrigg Rose.

All three go into the squad for Saturday.

Lewis Hall: Vale ready for new campaign

After eight months without competitive football, the Vale get the new Lowland League campaign under way on Saturday (10 October) with the opening day match away to Berwick Rangers.

Lewis Hall, the club’s newly appointed Vice Captain, looks ahead to the new season: “It’s been a long period without a competitive game so I’m sure the whole team along with me are really excited to finally get back at it. 

I believe we will definitely improve on the results and the position we ended up last year. Personally I want to start contributing more in the sense of setting up and scoring goals myself, last season was my first ever season where I’ve not managed to get on the score sheet. So that’s something I can improve on. 

Last year was my first in the lowland league, so it was a difficult start. I think coming up from a successful Spartans 20s team maybe made me underestimate the pace and quality of the league and the amount of hard work you have to put in. This pre season I’ve put in the extra running and workouts on top of training to ensure I’m fit and ready to start the season as best I can. Especially because I’ve learnt from last year how important it is to get a good start to the season, so we want to get points on the board as soon as we can. 

I think we will compete much better this season and won’t suffer any big defeats like last year. We’ve got a fairly new squad but I think the players who have come in have brought a fresh mentality and style of play into the squad. We’ve shown in pre season that we can score goals and get big results when we work hard. So I’m excited to see how we fair in the upcoming campaign.”

Berwick Rangers v Vale of Leithen kicks off at 3pm and is a behind closed doors march due to current restrictions. You can get updates on the match by following the Vale’s twitter account @ValeLeithen