CLIVE’S NEWSLETTER – AUGUST 2021

August 3….A friendly bounce game this evening at Seafield Park against an under 20 side from Inverness Caley Thistle. The team gave a good account of themselves before going down 4-3. Our goals were from Kieran Chalmers, Jordan Wardrope and trialist Chris Innes. The only downside was that a couple of injuries were picked up.

August 7    On a warm and sunny afternoon in Forres the Jags went down 4-2 which was a disappointing defeat. A lead on six minutes through Kieran Chalmers gave us a decent start and we continued to create clear chances although Kieran came off due to injury mid way through the first half. Half time it was 1-1 but the second half went to Forres who ran out winners by 4-2. Our second goal came from Kris Duncan.

August 9    Surprising news from the Highland League came with the resignation of Steven Mckay of Brora Rangers after their 6-2 defeat at Fraserburgh after being 2-0 up at Bellsea. The 10-0 defeat of Keith at Buckie Thistle resulted in joint managers Andy Roddie and Tommy Wilson standing down. Ethan Cairns, a forward with Inverness Caley Thistle, would be joining us on loan until January 2 2022. 

August 13    Friday night football returned to Grant Street Park, Inverness when we visited Clachnacuddin. A warm summer evening produced a game of two halves. The Jags played well in the first 45 minutes and deservedly led at half-time through a very good goal from Kris Duncan which was created by Jake Thomson. Little did we expect what would happen in the second half but Clach put four passed us and it was a shell-shocked set of players, management and supporters who made their way home. The team have to pick themselves up as we return to Clachnacuddin on Wednesday August 18 in the North of Scotland Cup.

Ethan Cairns, James Fraser and Chris Innes.

August 18   The club confirmed the signing until June 30 2022 of midfielder James Fraser and defender Chris Innes. Tonight a visit again to Clachnacuddin this time in the North of Scotland Cup for a place in the semi final and what an outcome. With the best performance of the season so far we celebrated a 4-0 win thanks to first half goals from Cameron Lisle, Kris Duncan and James McShane and in the second half a late penalty from Andrew Skinner. Rothes FC at home await us for a place in the final. It was a really good night for everyone connected with the Jags.

Goalmouth action featuring Kris Duncan v Lossiemouth

August 21   The team form continues to impress with another good home performance against Lossiemouth on what was the Press and Journal’s selection as their weekly ‘Big Match’. We were deserved winners by 3-1 with goals from Jake Thomson and a brace from Craig MacKenzie. It was our first league win of the season and took us up to tenth place after five games.

Craig’s second goal, The Jag’s third v Lossiemouth.

August 25    A long mid-week journey to Turriff saw the team 3-0 up with twenty minutes to go in damp and rainy conditions only to be pegged back by a Turriff fightback. The Jags goals came via two penalties converted by Andrew Skinner and James McShane. 

August 28    A fine sunny and warm day at Seafield Park greeted both teams before a decent attendance in what was a keenly fought contest. Keith ran out 2-0 winners with goals in each half. It was a disappointing end to a difficult week. We are all looking forward to the North of Scotland Cup semi-final on Wednesday at home to Rothes. The winners will play either Brora Rangers or Lossiemouth in the final.

August 30   News story from our main sponsors McGowans featuring the Jags home and away shirts used by their team in the weekend’s Loch Ness Beast Race

Stop Press…The result of Wednesday evening’s semi-final was a 4-1 defeat. It wasn’t our night……….

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