Today was the beginning of a new era for Fife amateur football. The two associations in Fife finally reunited to form the new Kingdom of Fife Amateur Football Association. To mark the occasion I took advantage of the fact that I did not have a fixture booked with Pro Sports Images and went along to watch Leven United take on Rosyth.

I love getting along to these amateur matches. They provide a great training environment for photographers where there is little pressure. I am under no obligation to wire pictures from the side of the pitch which buys me extra time. That extra time is a real bonus because I can use it to experiment with new ideas or sharpen skills that I feel have been lacking recently.

Today my main aim was to improve drastically on my last PSI outing at Newcastle vs Tottenham. A few things didn’t go to plan that day so today was an opportunity to correct those issues. Noticing that it was sunny outside I also figured it was a good chance to experiment with shooting into the sun. I came up against that issue at Dundee the other week and I wanted to look for quick methods to produce solid images under those conditions. King George V Park has the sun from behind one end for majority of the game on a good day so it is an ideal training ground.

Going into the match I knew Rosyth were probably going to struggle a bit. Leven United are one of the stronger teams and Rosyth had being placed in the Premier League after being promoted from the FAFA second tier last season. That little bit of research before the game helped massively as I knew to sit at the end Leven were attacking during both halves. They scored seven goals and the ball was rarely out of the Rosyth half of the pitch. It was the opposite of last weekend at Newcastle and meant I was taking plenty of pictures throughout the game.

The only downside is that as per usual majority of the goal celebrations saw the players head back into the middle of the pitch. I did get a nice solo shot of the new lad celebrating but I’m still waiting on Aaron giving me something to work with. I’m planning to cover three of the next four games so hopefully I’ll snap something shortly.