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We would like to take this opportunity to thank Jelf (Forfar) for their generous shorts and media sponsor. We have been working with Jelf over the last few months since announcing their sponsor earlier last month.

Players and officials from the club attended an event being held at the Jelf office in Forfar on Friday 9 August, to celebrate the rebrand of the office, which was formerly operated by Bluefin.

We prepare for our fixture on Sunday as we host Rangers at Station Park in the 4th round of SSE Scottish Women’s Cup, kick off 1pm.

Pictured, Steven Low  (Jelf Account Director), Natalie Cromar, Cheryl Kilcoyne, Nicola Davidson (Captain), Alana Bruce & Nathan Flight (Head Coach)

Flight takes the reins

The club are delighted to announce the appointment of Nathan Flight as the new head coach after Stevie Baxter decided to step away ahead of the second half of the season getting underway.

Farmington Committee agreed this was the right time to hand over the reins to Flight who has been with the club for some time, recently working as assistant to Baxter as well as head of youth at the club.

Nathan has a wealth of experience within the club working from grassroots throughout the youth teams as well as his current role. Nathan works with SFA in a number of roles, regional squads and national performance; and he has also had spells with Dundee FC & St Johnstone and Abertay University Womens team. Nathan will continue to work with Claire Garrett and the rest of the current staff as they continue this season.

Last season saw Farmington finish fifth in the SBSSWPL1 and Flight admits he is looking forward to helping the team build to finish the season on a high.

We would also like to thank Stevie Baxter and wish him all the best for the future.

Head Coach Nathan Flight

Colin Brown receiving his medal

Colin Brown recognised by Her Majesty (BEM)

Club chairman and founder, our very own Mr Colin Brown was awarded the British Empire Medal by Angus Lord Lieutenant Georgiana Osborne, on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen at a ceremony in the town and county hall in Forfar on Wednesday evening.

Colin has served the youth of Forfar and surrounding areas for the last 50 years, forming Forfar Youth Club in 1969, running the Youth Club amateur mens football team, before founding Forfar Farmington FC in 1984. At this time he formed the football exchange programme with counterpart Alistair Bell (Farmington Soccer Club, Connecticut) where many youngsters from Forfar and the surrounding Angus towns took part in the visit to the States until 2009. Pure dedication and passion was the fuel for this successful exchange.

During this time he was Head Football Coach for Scotland at a number of World Special Olympic Games while working at Lilybank Resource Centre. And now to his current role as a town Councillor.

Colin served on the board of Scottish Women’s Football Association for many years, contributing to moving women’s football forward to where is today.

He has made an impact on so many young people’s life’s some of who joined him on Wednesday evening paying tribute to him.

Despite receiving many accolades over the years for his efforts in the community and for women’s football, Colin was bursting with emotion and honour to be receiving this merit.

Pictured receiving his medal from Angus Lord Lieutenant Georgiana Osborne.

New Signing | Natalie Cromar

New signing Natalie Cromar is delighted to get going with Forfar Farmington after taking time away from the game earlier this year.

The 22 year old attacker has joined Stevie Baxter’s squad as she steps up to top flight football for the first time.

After signing, the former Tayside and Dundee United player expressed her joy at getting back into the game with Farmington.

“I’m delighted to have signed for Forfar and I am looking forward to getting back to football, putting in the work and winning games.”

Cromar won the SWFL1 North with United last season but despite the excitement of winning the league, she felt she had to step away from football for a few months before returning with Farmington.

“I left Dundee United at the end of last season and after promotion it was amazing but I felt that my head wasn’t in it at the club so I took several months away to figure out where I needed to be and I found Forfar.”

There are a few faces around the club that the striker is familiar with which she feels will help her link with the squad on the pitch and hopes her pace can cause problems for opposition defences.

“I feel I can bring a positive and enthusiastic mindset to the team. I think I have a lot of pace so going forward that will help us out. I have played with several of the girls before so I think it will help coming into the team.”

Farmington’s final game before the summer break saw them defeated by Glasgow City, however Cromar got on the scoresheet as a trialist which she will look to continue in the second half of the season.

“I think the game against Glasgow City was a tough one but to get a goal definitely helped. I hope to get a lot more goals going into the second half of the season and help the team secure some wins.”

The history graduate believes coming in during the summer break may be a blessing in disguise as she looks to gel with her teammates ahead of a tough second half of the season.

“I think the summer break is a good thing, it allows me time to get to know my teammates better and allow us all to reconnect on and off the pitch which will definitely help us going forward.”

U17 – South / East League Cup Semi Final | Hibernian 2 v Forfar Farmington Falcons 0

The U17’s travelled down to a very windy Hibs training ground. Previously been held to a 0-0 draw at Station Park in the league, and it was clear the strong wind would play a major role in the tie, with Farmington playing into the wind in the first half which gave Hibs the advantage as most of the action was in the Farmington half, the girls fought hard and managed to clear half way into the Hibs half which was good play considering the condition’s. However opposition managed to capitalise and found the back of the net twice which did not dampen the girls spirits, as did not the horizontal rain at the end of the first half.

Farmington kicked of the second half and again most of the action was in the Hibs half with the girls involved in a lot of action for the possession of the ball, when Hibs did get into the Farmington half they could not break the defence down, but unfortunately the girls could not use the windy conditions to there advantage.

The girls kept battling right to the end but Hib’s came out on top and proceeded to the finals of the League cup.

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SBSSWPL1 | Glasgow City 10 Forfar Farmington 1

Stevie Baxter referred to the afternoon as “embarrassing” as Forfar Farmington conceded ten goals away to Glasgow City on Sunday.

In the final game before the summer break, Farmington conceded five in either half, with a trialist netting a consolation 28 seconds after the break.

A goalkeeping situation through injuries and unavailability meant Baxter was forced to play Kayleigh Brough in goal. This wasn’t new to the defender as she had played in goal in her youth career as well as playing in an SWPL fixture in November 2014.

Despite the score line, Farmington arguably started off the first half the better side with the first chance after four minutes; Donna Paterson sending a free kick into the box and after controlling it Cassie Cowper lashed an effort over the bar.

At the other end Leanne Crichton couldn’t get her header on target from Leanne Ross’ corner.

Beth McPherson went even closer in the eighth minute, receiving the ball from Beth Shillitto before firing inches past the post.

Eight minutes later City opened the scoring as Jenna Clark got the slightest of touches to a Ross free kick to divert it into the net.

In the 26th minute it was two as another Ross set piece was netted by Kirsty Howat.

The lead was extended two minutes after the second goal as Murron Cunningham gave Kayleigh Brough no chance.

A further two goals was added before the break in the 38th and 41st minute when Howat grabbed her second and Hayley Sinclair made it 5-0.

Just 28 seconds after the break Farmington had pulled one back; Danni McGinley held off her marker to spray the ball out to Erin Cattanach whose cross was blocked but the ball fell to McGinley again and she laid off Alana Bruce for a cross that found the trialist striker and she lifted the ball past Lee Alexander.

Stevie Baxter’s side almost had another shortly after when Shillitto sprayed a cross into the box and the trialist and Cheryl Kilcoyne were agonisingly close to meeting the ball but the danger was cleared by City.

Beth McPherson tried her luck from 35 yards but sub keeper Erin Clachers held her long range strike.

In the 51st minute the five goal lead was restored when Clare Shine fired past Brough.

Four minutes later City were awarded a penalty when Cattanch was adjudged to have fouled Sinclair just inside the box. Ross stepped up and saw her spot kick saved by the legs of Brough but she reacted quickest to the rebound to make it 7-1.

Shortly after the hour mark it was eight for City when Shine and Megan Foley combined for the former to net her second of the afternoon.

Shine could have completed her hat trick ten minutes later but was denied by Brough while she blazed well over the bar when it was easier to score after Nicola Docherty had hit the post.

Docherty made up for hitting the post by adding a ninth in the 72nd minute before Hayley Sinclair completed the scoring with her second and City’s tenth a minute later.

All in all it was an afternoon that hurt the players and backroom staff but they will look to work hard over the summer break and bounce back from this in the second half of the season.

Glasgow City: Alexander (Clachers 47), Cunningham, Crichton (McLintock 46), Howat (Lauder 84), Shine, Docherty, Clark, Sinclair, Ross, Girasoli, Foley

Subs not used: Love, Kerr, Ivanusa, Kulis

Forfar Farmington: Brough, Cattanach, Paterson, McGinley, Davidson, Bruce, Shillitto (Robb 80), Kilcoyne (Hassett 80), Cowper, McPherson, Dempster (Trialist 26)

Subs not used: Stewart, McNicoll

SBSSWPL1 | Forfar Farmington 2 Rangers 3

Forfar Farmington can count themselves unlucky not to have taken anything as they lost out by the odd goal in five to Rangers on Wednesday.

Goals from Robyn Smith and Nicola Davidson were not enough for Farmington as Sarah Robertson, Clare Gemmell and Jade Gallon gave Rangers all three points.

Head coach Stevie Baxter made two changes to his team as Donna Paterson and Robyn Smith replaced Megan Robb and Kayleigh Brough.

Farmington started off strongly as they almost scored straight away; Nicola Davidson’s corner being sent inches past the post by Cassie Cowper less than a minute after kick off.

In the sixth minute Donna Paterson’s free kick caused problems for Rangers but Farmington couldn’t capitalise as Beth McPherson headed wide of the mark.

Rangers almost scored two minutes later through Chantelle Brown when her long range strike was tipped over the bar by Fiona McNicoll.

Danni McGinley had a golden opportunity to put Stevie Baxter’s side ahead in the thirteenth minute after racing onto a Robyn Smith through ball but as she burst into the box her effort was saved by Chloe Nicolson.

Farmington were made to rue this miss 60 seconds later as the visitors took the lead through Sarah Robertson against the run of play.

Despite going behind, Farmington still looked the better side in the opening half hour and almost equalised in the 17th minute but Paterson couldn’t find the target with a header from Davidson’s free kick.

Smith was next to miss a fantastic chance; collecting a McGinley lofted ball but after turning her marker she fired over the bar from ten yards.

The duo were involved as Farmington equalised five minutes after going behind; Paterson’s free kick was flicked on by McGinley and this allowed Smith to head past the oncoming Nicolson for her first goal of the season.

Rangers captain Clare Gemmell blasted wide from long range while at the other end Smith almost punished a poor clearance but Nicolson recovered to deny her.

In the 29th minute Amy Muir saw her shot deflected wide and from the corner Rangers restored their lead as Gemmell’s corner flew straight in.

Rangers looked the better side for the remainder of the half but didn’t look close to scoring as Holly Napier blasted over while Brown went one better and sent her shot soaring over the Mert End and into Market Muir.

The first chance of the second half fell to Smith but she couldn’t find a way past Nicolson while at the other end Alana Bruce put in a fantastic block to deny Robertson as she looked odds on to score.

Carla Boyce sent a volley wide for the visitors in the 53rd minute as Rangers looked to consolidate their lead.

Shortly after the hour mark Davidson sent a free kick into the box that found McPherson but she couldn’t get her effort on target.

Muir was next to try her luck for Rangers from outside the box but failed to keep her effort down.

In the 65th minute Paterson’s free kick caused problems again, however as the ball fell to Robyn Smith she had a swipe at fresh air and the ball was eventually cleared.

Rangers were awarded a penalty six minutes later and Jade Gallon stepped up to fire past McNicoll to make it 3-1.

McPherson headed over from a Davidson corner kick as Farmington kept hunting for a second goal and she was involved in the 78th minute as they were awarded a penalty of their own.

Rosie McQuillan was booked as she was holding the midfielder inside the box and captain Davidson sent her penalty coolly down the middle to reduce the deficit.

Both sides were still on the look out for another vital goal with Rangers’ McQuillan firing over in injury time.

Farmington felt they should have had a penalty late on as Beth McPherson looked to have been fouled as she shaped up to shoot but referee David Fearn waved away strong appeals by players.

The result was perhaps harsh on Farmington who looked good enough to have taken something away from the game, however they will rue failing to capitalise on chances.

Forfar Farmington: McNicoll, Cattanach, Paterson, McGinley, Smith, Davidson, Bruce (Hassett 83), Kilcoyne (Brough 73), Cowper, McPherson, Trialist (Shillitto 46)

Subs not used; White, Weber, Deubel, Williamson

Rangers: Nicolson, Muir, Watson, Napier, Gallon, Brown (Honeyman 88), Robertson (Inglis 82), Gemmell, Boyce (McQuillan 62), McCartney, Coakley

Subs not used: Donnelly, Baillie

Club Represented at U14 National Camp

Farmington U15s, Charlotte Taylor, Vivian Kerr (representing East Region) & Brodie Greenwood (representing North Region) all attended the SFA U14s National Camp at the Oriam, Edinburgh on Monday.

Playing 2 games, East region, losing one and winning one and North region drawing both games.

Huge well done to Charlotte who was awarded East regions player of the day pictured receiving her football award, and to Brodie who was awarded player of the match in her first game, pictured receiving her Scotland top award.

It’s fantastic to see representation from our club. Well done girls ⚽️

SBSSWPL1 | Motherwell 2 Forfar Farmington 0

Forfar Farmington fell to a disappointing 2-0 defeat away to Motherwell in the Scottish Building Society Scottish Women’s Premier League on Sunday.

Goals in either half from Katie Rice and Chelsea McEachran gave the hosts all three points at Ravenscraig as Farmington fell seven points behind Motherwell in the league.

Stevie Baxter made two changes from last week’s 4-3 loss to Celtic as Erin Cattanach and Alana Bruce replaced Donna Paterson and Katie Hassett.

Motherwell came close in the first 60 seconds as a speculative effort from Lori Gardner hit the crossbar before Fiona McNicoll gathered the loose effort.

Beth MacLeod fired wide from the edge of the box before she had another effort saved with the follow up by Gardner cleared off the line by Alana Bruce.

The hosts took the lead in the 19th minute when a corner wasn’t cleared and Katie Rice took the opportunity to head home.

Farmington attacker Danni McGinley saw a header held by Anna Vincenti after connecting with Nicola Davidson’s corner two minutes after going behind.

At the other end Rice was looking for her and Motherwell’s second but was denied by McNicoll as the keeper pushed her effort wide.

Davidson curled a free kick wide of the mark in the 23rd minute before Cheryl Kilcoyne looked to replicate her strike against Celtic as she saw her 30 yard strike saved by Vincenti.

Farmington started to carve out more chances towards the end of the first half when Erin Cattanach set up McGinley but her effort was at Vincenti while Davidson’s half volley from distance flew inches past the post.

The hosts had the early chances in the second half as Rice, Claire Adams and Chelsea McEachran came close.

McGinley was given a free kick 25 yards out just after the hour mark but her strike failed to beat the wall while Cattanach blazed wide as a corner was cleared as far as her.

Cassie Cowper sent a fierce volley across the face of goal with fifteen minutes remaining and Robyn Smith came even closer a minute later as she collected a McGinley pass before her strike was palmed over the bar by Vincenti.

Davidson saw another free kick saved by the keeper shortly after but it was Motherwell who grabbed the next goal in the 81st minute; McEachran sent clear and slotted past McNicoll to seal all three points.

The result means Farmington stay seventh in the table and are out of action this weekend due to the SWPL Cup final.

Motherwell: Vincenti, Knox, Rafferty, Rice, Crilly (Callaghan 37), Montgomery, Gardner (B Trialist 55), McEachran, Roberts, MacLeod (A Trialist 85), Adams

Forfar Farmington: McNicoll, Cattanach, McGinley, Davidson, Bruce, Kilcoyne, Cowper, Robb, McPherson, Brough (Hassett 88), Trialist (Smith 52)

Subs not used: Weber, Stewart, Deubel, Mowatt (gk)

SBSSWPL1 | Forfar Farmington 3 Celtic 4

Forfar Farmington lost out to the odd goal in seven in a thrilling game that saw Celtic take all three points from Station Park on Sunday.

Cheryl Kilcoyne’s phenomenal strike along with goals from Danni McGinley and Beth Shillitto were not enough as Stevie Baxter’s side were harshly denied anything from the game.

With injuries and unavailability ruling a number of players out, four changes were made to the starting XI; Megan Robb, Beth McPherson, Kayleigh Brough and Rebecca Dempster replacing Leah White, Robyn Smith, Alana Bruce and Hannah Stewart.

They got off to the worst possible start just 79 seconds after kick off when Keeva Keenan forced her way into the box allowing Celtic trialist Suzanne Mulvey to fire home.

This didn’t deter Farmington however and they settled into the game quickly; Megan Robb sent a lob over Megan Cunningham but it was cleared by a defender.

Sarah Ewens blasted over for the visitors in the fifth minute and two minutes later at the other end Beth McPherson was inches away from connecting with Cassie Cowper’s cross, this wasn’t cleared and Rebecca Dempster sent her shot into the arms of the keeper.

Emma Black failed to find the target from the edge of the box as Celtic looked to extend their lead, however in the 23rd minute Farmington were back on level terms with what could be the goal of the season.

A botched Celtic clearance spun up into the air and Dempster nodded the ball to Kilcoyne who took a touch before sending a fantastic strike into the top corner from 30 yards.

Rachael O’Neill and Kelly Clark had opportunities for the visitors following this but they weren’t to be denied in the 29th minute as Ewens powerfully volleyed into the roof of the net.

Farmington weren’t to let their heads drop after going behind for the second time and had chances of their own as Donna Paterson headed wide from Nicola Davidson’s free kick.

Danni McGinley saw her shot deflected wide in the 35th minute but the final chance of the half fell to Celtic as McNicoll saved a Josephine Giard shot before Chloe Craig headed wide from the corner.

It was Farmington’s turn to score shortly after kick off as three minutes into the second half Cowper played the ball to McGinley and she rolled her marker before stroking past Cunningham.

Sarah Ewens was involved heavily for Celtic as they looked to take the lead for the third time; setting up Natalie Ross who fired over before being denied by Fiona McNicoll on three occasions.

Celtic sub Claire Crosbie and Farmington’s Erin Cattanach both sent efforts over the bar in quick succession but after 68 minutes the visitors regained the lead when Forfar failed to clear their lines as Sarah Ewens stabbed home her second of the afternoon.

Paterson saw her long range free kick held by Cunningham before McPherson came inches away from connecting with a Cowper cross as a deflection took it away from her and out for a corner.

The lead was extended with ten minutes remaining as Giard capitalised on some fortunate rebounding of the ball to slot past McNicoll.

Farmington reduced the deficit to one goal again two minutes later; Davidson’s free kick into the box causing problems for Celtic and sub Beth Shillitto rifled through a pack of players.

They were unable to find a fourth goal to take a deserved point from the game but the side and Stevie Baxter can be pleased with the reaction given following the previous week’s heavy defeat.

Forfar Farmington: McNicoll, Paterson, McGinley, Davidson, Kilcoyne (Shillitto 76), Cowper, Hassett (Cattanach 17), Robb, McPherson, Brough, Dempster (Smith 46)

Subs not used: White, Weber, Noble, Deubel

Celtic: Cunningham, Keenan, Ross, Craig, Giard, Ewens, Clark, Black (Crosbie 63), Hay, O’Neill (McLaughlin 61), Mulvey

Subs not used: Cairney, Hare, Donaldson, Hodges, Farrell (gk)