Black Watch’s pre-season preparations faltered last week with a friendly defeat against St Mungo Amateurs at Loretto on Wednesday.
Saints won the game 3-1, deservedly, having showed much more determination than Blackies.
And following the lack of competitive play in this game, doubts began to creep into the Campsie ranks.
Some had asked whether the players on show would be able to retain a top position in the coming season.
It is often said pre-season games are not of the utmost importance, but it is satisfactory if there is a sign that could give encouragement to the committee. This did not happen in this game.
However, the team responded well with victory over Eastfield Amateurs at Twechar on Saturday, with a 2-1 result.
The score line was encouraging and the performance was outstanding, what a transformation in team work.
Blackies played a very strong and talented Eastfield side, but ultimately their extra quality proved to be the deciding factor.
It is hoped that with two weeks to the start of the season, and all the good work put in at the training and behind the scenes, Watch will be once again strong contenders in 21s football.