Chelsea Transfer Target
Jul 1, 2019, 12:50 AM
Location: exiled in Aberdeenshire
Team(s): Leeds + groundhopping
Tom Hunter (Highland Welfare) Cup, R1
Kingussie 2-0 Longside Thistle
@ Carrbridge - no club currently playing here
h/c 6 @ KO, rose to an eventual 11.
This one was impossible to resist - not only a(nother) bracketed tick home venue for a Kingussie game during their ongoing inability to play at their home venue due to problems with the goals, but it also being a now-rare chance to see a game at Carrbridge - no club plays here nowadays, indeed Kingussie had to come the day before to paint some lines since it was just plain meadow.
This level of detail came courtesy of the Kingussie number 11's girlfriend, back from uni, who struck up conversation with me, there being so few of us at KO. But when one of her pals + boyfriend (a shinty player) turned up later, the details of who is sleeping with whom in Kingussie were laid bare. I'll spare you the details.
Kingussie with only 11, as they had been the night I'd seen them ship double figures at Grantown United. No manager, no committee, no subs, Apparently the manager and one other player were in Croatia going to a festival.
So quite shameful for Longside Thistle with subs and manager that they couldn't even match Kingussie, who were deserved winners with goals 7 minutes from the start and 7 minutes from the end. The near-Peterhead visitors lost it, mouthing at the ref, despite his warning, so a red was shown.
The Carrbridge pitch adjoins the village's car park - this is a tourist destination for its steeply-arched ancient bridge. How on earth the horses didn't get run over by their carts on the steep downhill side is beyond me. Plenty of establishments ready to separate tourists from their money in this village, including a series of pubs. Best is the GBG-listed Cairn Hotel, with three handpumps, CAMRA discount, and a decent Sunday roast that I partook of pre-match. Nearby in Grantown is the brew-café home of the Two Thirsty Men brewery, but I've previously had all theirs in there.
No football furniture, although the kiddies' playpark is very well equipped and has rustic picnic tables that served as seated viewing. The pavilion is off alongside a BMX park on the other side.
Some spectators were distracted by going to the aid of a French family who had yale-locked their rented camper-van with its keys inside, so needed help to break open one of its windows and shovel a small child through. More drama than on the pitch!
In other news in this cup, Aviemore Thistle again failed to find eleven players, scratching late-on for which (11's girlfriend told me) they'll be fined, and that on top of the fee they'd had to pay to keep Aviemore's Leisure Centre open beyond its normal Sabbath hours, ultimately unnecessarily.