Football: Mixed fortunes for Bute teams on 3G surface

Actino from Bute YFC under-15s' 1-1 draw at home to Baljaffray on November 28, 2015.
Actino from Bute YFC under-15s' 1-1 draw at home to Baljaffray on November 28, 2015.

Bute’s youth and adult football teams had a challenging time in their respective home league fixtures on Saturday.

With heavy rain making the grass surface at the Public Park in Rothesay unplayable, Bute YFC’s under-15s and Rothesay Brandane AFC moved their games to the new 3G pitch at Rothesy Joint Campus.

BYFC drew 1-1 with Baljaffray in the Paisley, Johnstone and District YFL, bouncing back within minutes after conceding midway through the first half, but their adult counterparts endured a thoroughly miserable 90 minutes later in the day, finding themselves on the end of a 7-1 thrashing at the hands of Rannoch AFC in the Caledonian League.

Although the all-weather surface at the campus ensured both games went ahead, frequent heavy showers and a bitterly cold wind made watching both games a challenging experience.

Indeed, so dreich was the weather that the Brandanes’ game made local history on two fronts, being the first competitive senior game to be played on an artificial surface in Rothesay, and also the first to be played under floodlights.

For full match reports on both games, see the next issue of The Buteman - on sale from Thursday, December 3.