Scott Watson Delighted With Beith Community Spirit

By Chief Reporter Tom Scott

Scott WatsonIN the second of his exclusive “Between the Posts” articles, Tom Scott has been speaking to 18 year old Beith Juniors goalkeeper Scott Watson. SCOTT WATSON has revealed a “a fantastic community spirit” inspired Beith Juniors to their history-making victory over Pollok in the Scottish Cup final at Rugby Park.

Local boy Scott has played in several friendlies, and made his competitive debut in a 2-2 league draw against Auchinleck Talbot, who went on to clinch another Super League Premier Division title.

Despite missing out on the deadline required to register him for the Kilmarnock showdown, Scott was more than delighted to be asked to prepare experienced Number One, Stephen Grindlay, who saved two penalty kicks in the shoot-out following a 1-1 draw over 90 minutes.

He said:  “The build-up to kick-off time, atmosphere during the match, and the fantastic reception we received going back to Beith with the cup was simply amazing. “The whole town was out celebrating and having their photographs taken with the players back at the ground.

“People probably don’t realise that the population down here is between 6000-7000. “I was sitting at the match on the Pollok side of the park but you could clearly hear our supporters above ‘Lok fans – even more so during the penalty shoot-out.”

A genuine feel-good factor around Bellsdale Park was quickly picked up by Scott, who said: “The committee do an incredible amount of work behind the scenes, and they deserve a lot of praise.

“Sponsorship plays a big part in keeping the club going, and they have managed to attract quite a bit of backing from within the local community.

“The management has been very positive and complementary towards myself since I was invited along to training towards the end of last season by the club’s former goalkeeping coach, Neil Greenwood, who is now assistant manager at Irvine Vics.

“Beith never replaced Neil after he left, so I have been working with Shay (Stephen Grindlay) showing him ideas and routines I have picked up at the Shot Stoppers Goalkeeping Academy, which I have attended for the past three years.

“I have been fortunate enough to work with some great coaches there, and alongside very talented goalkeepers, who like myself travel from all over the place. I had gone from that environment to playing 11 games including friendlies (losing once) for Beith. I could never have imagined that when I was 15 years of age!

“I had a chance to take some of their beliefs and ideas to Sweden in March as part of my University studies on Football Coaching. I worked with goalkeepers, but mainly outfield players, who could speak English or understood the language. The standard over there is pretty good.

“Women’s football is big in Sweden. They take the game very seriously, and have a number of top-class players.

“It is great that Beith are looking at local players like myself, Cammy Elliott and David Gray, who plays with the Under-17 team. We have all featured in competitive games, and the feedback from local people has been positive.”

Since the Junior Cup final, Scott and Cammy have been presented with replica winners’ medals by the Bellsdale Park club.

The young goalkeeper, who played in their 3-1 Ayrshire Weekly Press Cup semi-final victory against Irvine Vics, revealed: “From my point of view, I thought it was a fantastic gesture.

“The club did not need to do that, but it sums up the committee at Beith, and I would personally like to thank them for all the kindness and support given to myself.”


GOALKEEPER Callum Reid has praised the reaction of his Renfrew Vics team-mates for the manner of their 3-1 victory against Harmony Row in the West Regional Cup Final at Petershill Park, Glasgow, writes Tom Scott.

Callum Reid

Said Callum:  “We beat them recently in a league game, but there was no chance of us taking anything for granted at Springburn. “The match was flat for the opening 20 minutes, but we scored twice in a two minute spell before half-time.

“In the second half we played the game at our speed. Row were passing the ball about our 18 yard line when a deflection off one of my defenders put their striker through on goal and although I stood up for as long as I could he netted.

“We slowed the game down and hit them on the counter attack with a third goal in the last minute. “I am absolutely delighted!”

One Response to “Scott Watson Delighted With Beith Community Spirit”

  1. Avatar tom scott says:

    Following publication of the article, I have had a great feedback from Scott Watson’s parents. Scott is currently at the Euro Championships in France.

    They commented: “It’s really good, and I am sure he ( Scott)
    will be delighted the community spirit was mentioned as they
    do have a fantastic committee at Beith.

    “I messaged him to let him know it is on the website.

    “Re the story on young CALLUM REID – another Academy
    goalkeeper – there has been so much success for the Shot
    Stoppers ‘keepers again this year, which proves just how
    good the Academy is.

    “Without the dedicated coaches, there wouldn’t be an Academy
    for the boys to go to.

    “Beith Juniors have just retweeted the article, so there will
    be a lot of publicity from that.”

    Regards, Jean and Kenny Watson.


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