Bute’s shinty followers are set to enjoy a double bill of league action at the Meadows this Saturday, July 25, as the island club’s two teams play host to Oban opposition.
First up, at 12 noon, the Bute second team host Oban Lorn in South Division Two, looking to avenge a 5-0 away defeat when the sides last met in March.
The Oban side made a strong start to their first season playing competitive shinty, winning their first three matches and being awarded ‘walkover’ points from two more, but they’ve struggled for consistency since then, falling to six straight defeats in league and cup action before ending that run last Saturday with a 5-2 victory away to Aberdour.
Bute’s season so far has followed the opposite track - after a slow start the islanders have won their last three league games, home and away against Glenorchy and at home to Aberdour, which should make for an intriguing clash on Saturday.
Second on the bill at the Meadows on Saturday is an equally enticing clash between the Bute first team and Lochside Rovers - the two teams with the best records of all in South Division One.
Bute are the only team yet to taste defeat in the competition so far this season, with five wins and two draws to their name, and their formidable record at the Meadows was underlined by last Saturday’s 11-0 thrashing of Kyles Athletic’s second string.
But Lochside Rovers, Oban Camanachd’s reserve side, are in almost equally impressive form - they have won seven and lost one of their eight league fixtures and lie in second place in the table, and include in their ranks the division’s top scorer, Brian MacCallum, who has eleven goals to his credit.
Bute have fallen behind in their league programme thanks to a combination of bad weather and cup commitments, the latter including fixtures against the Oban Camanachd senior team in both the Glasgow Celtic Cup and the Macaulay Cup - and though both games ended in defeat for the island team, their creditable performances suggest the team is more than capable of competing at a higher level.
The second instalment of Saturday’s Meadows double bill gets under way at 2.30pm - watch out for our match reports and pictures on this site over the weekend.