Moray and District Welfare League
Rothes Amateurs 9 Macduff 0 (att 29)
Macduff are new to Moray Welfare football this year, and after a tough start to the summer season things were never likely to get any easier when they visited one of the league's strongest sides.
Rothes scored five in the first half and four in the second, but the visitors never gave up and it was a shame they their efforts weren't rewarded with a goal. That said they rarely looked like scoring, and the home side could have got well into double figures.
Macduff's plight hasn't been helped by the league shrinking to a single division this year, meaning they have to face sides, like Rothes, who would have been a division higher. I think the format includes a mid-season split into two tiers, so hopefully they have some more even contests as the season goes on.
Rothes Amateurs play in a pleasant park next door to Highland League Rothes FC. There's a single pitch with a pavilion in the corner and a some grass banking along the touchline nearest the entrance.
There's even a covered shelter at the top of the bank. I doubt it was built with fans of welfare football uppermost in mind, but on a wet Sunday afternoon in Rothes it was put to good use by several members of the crowd.