Stenhousemuir Community v Sunnyside Thistle

2pm  11 June 2016

Stirling and District League, Premier Division
Stenhousemuir Community 6 Sunnyside Thistle 4 (att 15)

I generally enjoy my occasional forays into the Scottish amateur leagues, and although there was nothing at stake in this fixture it was a goal-filled afternoon that was fun to watch.

Stenhousemuir and Sunnyside will finish second and third in the league, so I was seeing two of the better sides for my first taste of the Stirling and District League. There was some good football on show, mixed with signs that it was very much and end-of-season dead rubber.

The hosts scored early, and had doubled their lead by the break. The second half was a goal fest, with Stenhousemuir streatching their lead to 4-1 before looking vulnerable to a Sunnyside comeback. The home side scored the game's final goal to secure three points.

Stenhousemuir Community still have one remaining fixture before they can put their feet up for the summer. Next season they'll face a fresh challenge, having been accepted into the stronger Caledonian League for 2016/17.

The club used to be called Stenhousemuir Amateurs, but swapped the suffix for "Community" after a tie-up with Stenhousemuir's Scottish League club. Home games are at Russell Park, a pleasant enclosed public park with a single pitch surrounded by grass banking.

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