Defeatist attitude slammed by league secretary

Sparka remain top of the Peterhead Sunday Soccersixes Premier Division at Catto Park after seeing off Pathetico Madrid 6-1 this week thanks to goals from Chris Cameron (2), Brandon McBain (2), Paul Campbell and Kevin Simpson.

Monday, 6th February 2012, 1:45 pm

Man of the match Bruce Thompson made a string of superb saves between the sticks for Sparka to ensure Madrid had no way back into the game. Callum Stewart grabbed their consolation goal.

Chancers moved up a place to seventh after a thumping 4-0 success against Alkis which came courtesy of a hat-trick from Lee Ingles and an Ian Hossack solo effort.

Big G Wanderers remain in second place, hot on the heels of leaders Sparka although they were pushed all the way by a hard working Camberwick outfit who will be disappointed to have missed out on at least a point as they went down 2-1. David Anderson netted for Camberwick who remain fourth.

Brothers In Arms and Jbs battled out the first goalless draw of the season as neither side managed to find the net in half an hour of frantic football action.

Jbs are still playing catch up in terms of their games played while Brothers have now played two more than most other sides in the league. Missfits and Unreal Madrid battled out another low scoring game with both sides showing good defensive qualities without having too much emphasis on attack. Paddy McGlone’s Missfits eventually snatched a goal and hung on to record a 1-0 win.

Inter YM made it seven wins from eight matches as they battered Galacticos 6-2 with goals coming from Scott McLeod (3), Liam Aitken, Jamie Donald and Ross McLeod.

League Secretary, Paul Spacey, raised an important issue regarding the defeatist attitude adopted by some players and teams this season and he believes it may be a wider problem in society.

He said: “Although the league is currently full, we have had a couple of teams drop out this season and the reason they gave was that they did not want to continue losing.”

“I personally cannot understand that attitude as I grew up wanting to win every game but didn’t give up when we inevitably lost some matches. I believe this is a real issue at grass roots level in Scotland and to be honest in my experience there is the same problem in England. When players and teams just give up, how can they expect to improve?”

“You improve by making mistakes, losing and learning from your mistakes in order that you don’t make them the next time. If players continue quitting when the going gets tough, many of whom are young players, then it does not bode well for the future of football here and that is something which needs to be addressed in my opinion.”

Paul has spent quite a lot of time in America during the past two years and claims that we can learn from their attitude. He continued, “During my time in California, one thing you couldn’t avoid was how ‘in your face’ and confident the Americans are, regardless of their ability.”

“They are still quite a way behind Europe in terms of footballing quality, however they make up for this by actually believing they are the best and being mentally strong. They genuinely talk and act as though they invented the game and will stop at nothing to keep improving and become the best as winning is literally everything for them.”

“It is instilled into kids over there at a very young age that they have to be the best. Their attitude perhaps borders on arrogant at times, however given the choice between that and being a quitter, I know which one I would choose. We need to learn from the Americans and become stronger mentally as this can only benefit our football players, our other sportsmen and society as a whole.”

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