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Friday, June 22
Evening Times Article: Sunshine On Beith

FRANK LYNCH has stuck unfashionable Beith firmly on the Junior football map - and is adamant they won't get lost among the top flight.

The former Arthurlie gaffer managed the unthinkable in his first season in charge at Bellsdale by handing the Cabes their first crack at the Super Premier. (Editor comment - unthinkable is a bit of an exaggeration for a team with three 4th and one 5th place finish in  the league.)

But the hard work starts now and Lynch believes the good folk of West Ayrshire are in for something of a culture shock - but one they will enjoy.

He said: "We had an awful start to last season and managed just six points from our first seven games, but a breathtaking run of just one defeat in 17 - culminating in a 2-0 win over Girvan - saw us clinch promotion as runners-up to Irvine Meadow.

"But while we're in with the big boys now, I've no doubts that the squad is well-equipped to handle the tough games that lie ahead."

Lynch added: "I would have preferred to have taken a break when I left Arthurlie in acrimonious circumstances at the tail end of 2005/06, but you just know when something is right. I had a good feeling from the start and I'm glad I followed my instincts."

Lynch could feel the buzz of anticipation the moment the club clinched promotion.

He said: "There is excitement, but I don't think it's all about glamour. Beith fans genuinely appreciate good football and they will be looking forward to watching the top players plying their trade at Bellsdale each week."

Fans will have to familiarise themselves with a string of new faces as Lynch & Co have brought FIVE new players on board, to supplement the bulk of last season's squad, who are set to stick around as the club embark on a trophy-hunting campaign.

Lynch has snapped up East Stirling goalkeeper Robert Tiropolous and striker Stephen Dymock, Andy Reid from Troon plus hit-man Kenny McLean and James Cannon (Canning), a midfielder from Neilston.

The talented coach said: "It's only two-and-a-half years since Andy was at Blackburn Rovers so he'll be a smashing signing. Kenny has three years experience with Morton but has started his own business and was looking to go part-time.

"All of these guys have something to offer. They have experience of Senior football and, quite importantly, can handle themselves if it all gets a bit physical. We have some tough fixtures ahead and we must be ready.

"I've managed to retain the bulk of last year's squad, with one exception. We signed Brian McKeown about three months ago, and I was under the impression we had a verbal agreement for this season as well.

"However, Pollok came sniffing around and he's decided to up sticks and join them. I'm disappointed but it's not the end of the world. I'll have a good quality squad of around 22 players and that will see us through.

"Most folk at the club are delighted we were promoted in my first season and will just be happy if we consolidate in the Premier. Not the management team though, we want to win the title, although we naturally have to temper these ambitions with a touch of realism.

"There isn't really anyone we fear. We're not going up to finish third bottom; we're going up there to have a go - and entertain the good people of Beith."

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