Another new season has started with a win for Polomint in the first round of the Scottish Cup. They beat Highlands team HU2, managed by Swedish manager TekumD, 9-0 away from home. It was a good start and serious league business begins on Saturday against Edinburgh team Calton Hill. It has been a win apiece in the two meetings of these clubs so far but Rustyjack feels Polomint are the stronger at the moment. Nevertheless he will be taking no chances on Saturday and will be fielding a strong team. “It will be a hard season and we would hope for a good start with a win in our first game”, said Rustyjack at the training ground this morning while going through a few routines with the players.
After a hard fought match on Saturday against powerful Lothian club Dalry United which ended in a 1-0 win for United, Polomint found themselves in second place in the series, 4 points behind their rivals. “It was a close game,” lamented manager Rustyjack this week, “and, unfortunately, our top striker, Stefano Fattorini, twisted his ankle in the 27th minute and had to be substituted, leaving us with weaker fire power.Although they had a stronger attack, we held them till the 84th minute when a superb goal by their Spanish striker, Juan Carlos Nogueroles was the difference between the teams. This underlines the lack of depth in our squad and Stef will be out for, at least, two weeks. Looking at the remaining fixtures for both clubs, I don’t think we will be able to catch Dalry now. Funny things can happen in football and the players will give 100 per cent till the end of the season but I will be looking at the squad and speaking to the Chairman about our plans for next season.” The Mints play The Gravy Spoons at Spoon Park this Saturday and although Polomint have won all three games these teams have played, Rustyjack will take no chances and will be fielding his strongest side.
Well, Well, another season has come and gone. It only seems like last week when hopes were high and expectations keen for another tilt at championship glory. Of course, the main distraction for Rustyjack was his new team in New Zealand! It was Cabuie’s first season in VII.3 Oceania and details of their exploits will be posted on their own site. As for Polomint, it was an uninspiring season ending in third place again. To some this might not sound too bad but replacing old players is proving more difficult than originally anticipated. Most of them are still playing well and it is taking time for several youngsters to reach their potential. The training last season was a bit haphazard in an effort to improve certain individual players – a mistake which will not be repeated! The search for the right goalkeeper goes on while the two current keepers vie for selection each week. The balance of the team isn’t too bad and, hopefully the youngsters in the team will begin to show their worth. The fans have been encouraging. The Mint Lumps membership reached over 3,000 by the end of the season and the stadium, Minto Meadows, was extended to 68,350. The Youth Academy, The Nippy Mints, fared quite well this season with five promotions to the senior squad and one being sold. Of course the pendulum effect means that results in matches will not be so good until the new recruits find their feet. But, as some of us always sayof the Youth Academy, it is the training that is more important! Roll on next season!
It was a pity this was an away game. The Mints put up their best performance of the season with a tremendous 3-0 victory over Independence Sporting Club from Strathclyde in a match which they had to win to avoid a playoff and possible relegation. They have achieved third place and are now secure in Series III.14 for another season and this was always the target manager Rustyjack had aimed for all season. The only downside to the game was an injury picked up by Argentinian mid-fielder Alberto César Pereyra. He will be out of action for at least two weeks and will, therefore, miss pre-season training. The third goal was scored in the 37th minute and the game was, effectively, over. Interestingly although two strikers scored, the third decisive goal was scored by defender Anders Hegdal. This has been a feature of Polomint’s games all season, that the goals have been shared throughout the team. After the game an emotional Rustyjack was as happy as if he had won the league. “There were some difficult times this season and I thought at one point we might not achieve our target and could go down. However the lads rallied with a draw and then three wins in a row culminating in todays outstanding performance. I am even receiving love poems from the fans! The Chairman and I will continue to plan for next season and , hopefully , strengthen the squad to enable us to achieve further success.”