View from the Boardroom
Today (28/10/17) we welcome all directors, committee, players and supporters from Lossiemouth FC to Inverurie as we look to continue our excellent league form. We’ve not played the coasters this season so far but they’ve had an indifferent start to the season. Lossie are more than capable of taking points from any side though so we’ll need to be on our guard this afternoon. It’s good to have Grant Campbell and Daniel Park back with the squad now from the States. Both Jonny Smith and Nicky Gray have been absent of recent for different reasons but their return as well gives John plenty of selection headaches.
Our last home league game here against Keith last Saturday ended in a 6-2 victory. The game was really tight first half with Mitch Megginson giving us the lead early on only for Keith to equalise. With the game looking likely to end 1-1 at halftime, both Ryan Stott and Harry Milne strikes on 43 and 44 minutes respectively meant we took a 3-1 lead into the break. Further strikes by Jamie Masson, Mitch Megginson and Ryan Strachan meant the game ended 6-2. Keith scored what turned out to be a consolation goal to peg the score back to 4-2 at one point during the game. Although this performance never hit the heights of the Buckie Thistle win, it was certainly another convincing win. Harry Milne has now scored seven goals in his last nine games – a strike rate a prolific forward would be proud of. Furthermore, Harry has accomplished this playing predominantly left back.
Midweek we had a trip to Rothes where we returned with a share of the spoils in a 1-1 draw. Rothes have hugely improved and are really well organised these days. No team will ever get an easy game at Rothes for the foreseeable future and it’s pleasing to see them improve dramatically on the park. Their stadium and facilities are really good and they are now building a side to reflect that. However on our second half showing, there were enough chances created to put this game to bed but it just didn’t happen on the night.
It’s been a really hectic week for the board this week. Tuesday seen us hold our monthly board meeting where literally all aspects of the club are discussed in some depth. It’s a really good chance for the directors to get together and provide informative updates on topics relating to football, finance, commercial (hospitality and corporate lunches), the new stadium and website developments. It’s a night a month where usually the meeting lasts at least three hours and sometimes beyond. Wednesday night involved our trip to Rothes where we had tea in the local Station Hotel. It was really nice and we’ll certainly return there for future trips. Thursday night was the monthly League Management Committee (LMC) meeting in Lossiemouth where all clubs dispatch their LMC representatives to the meeting. This meeting is a governance meeting of the league whereby all member clubs get their chance to discuss topics on the agenda and then vote accordingly for any decisions that require to be made. Lossiemouth is seen as a fairly central venue for all clubs but when you think Wick, Brora and Fort William are all present – it puts the return journey into perspective as we certainly don’t have the same distance to travel back. The camaraderie is certainly what makes the league the product it is; when member clubs gather at this meeting it’s a good chance to catch up with some familiar faces and generally talk shop on any burning issues. Obviously, most clubs are keen to assess how our now stadium is progressing and once again, we are delighted to announce it’s on track.
After today’s game, we then have a week to prepare for the Evening Express Aberdeenshire Cup Final against Formartine United at Balmoor Stadium, Peterhead. It’s great to get a chance to play at an entirely different venue for the final this season. However, we have to take care of today’s game first – the old cliché of one game at a time applies!
Enjoy today’s game.
CRFC Board of Directors