A CHALLENGING return to competitive action for Rhu Amateurs continued this week as two strong opponents had too much in their lockers for the local side.

Rhu knew before their William Turner Challenge Cup group fixtures kicked off two weeks ago that they were in for a tough time against three top-drawer amateur sides – and back-to-back 4-0 defeats away from home, against Dumbarton Accies last Wednesday and Thorn Athletic on Saturday, left the DCF Park side still looking for their first point in the competition.

Following Saturday’s loss away to Thorn, in a game in which Rhu finished with nine men because of injuries to Stuart Dunsmure and Lewis Campbell, a spokesman said on the club’s Facebook page: “We are so proud of every single member of the squad for their attitude and effort today.

“Another day of missed chances, “what ifs” and “if onlys”, and some superb performances from people who haven’t played or trained that much.

“We know we’re not that far off it and can’t wait to get everyone back and fit for pre-season.”

Rhu hosted St Joseph’s FP on Wednesday night and round off their campaign at home to Dumbarton Academy FP this Saturday, June 5.

Helensburgh FC, meanwhile, after a heavy defeat to Oban Saints in their most recent match, complete their group fixtures in the Greater Glasgow Premier AFL’s Spring Cup competition when they host South Lochaber Thistle in a rearranged fixture at Hermitage Academy this Saturday.

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