New team off to a winning start

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The Scottish Borders Disability Football team played its first competitive games as part of the newly-created Scottish FA Disability League last weekend.

The squad, pictured – David Smith (Gala), Nathanial Jones (Hawick), Jordan Shepherd (Hawick), Matthew Roebuck (Selkirk), Arron Gray (Peebles), Darren Thomson (Gala) and Bryn Cross (Gala) – played four matches at Forester High School in Edinburgh.

The team secured two wins, one draw and one loss, with special congratulations due to David Smith who bagged five goals across the games.

The new league has been introduced by the Scottish FA as part of its commitment to developing disability football. All participating teams attended an initial classification festival where players were rated in terms of technical ability so that individuals and sides could be effectively matched, creating a competitive environment for all involved. All of the games are seven-a-side and last for 15 minutes, with up to four matches being played at each fixture. There will be six fixtures held across the year.

Alan Oliver, Borders Sport and Leisure disability development officer, said: “The new Scottish FA Disability League is a fantastic initiative which enables all football teams across the country to compete in a national league.

“It is great for the Scottish Borders to be represented in this league and it shows how popular football is down here.

“I would like to thank the Scottish Borders Disability Sports Group for supplying the team with strips and transportation assistance.

“We are always looking for new players to get involved, so please get in touch to find out more.”

For more information on the Scottish Borders Disability Football team please contact Alan Oliver on 07887 471137.