CLIVE’S NEWSLETTER-SEPTEMBER 2022

3rdToday a visit from the current league leaders Brechin City with the Jags including their new signing from Elgin City, 17-year-old forward Aiden Cruickshank, on the bench. A goal down in five minutes didn’t help Strathspey and it was an uphill battle from there. Half time was 2-0 to Brechin and in the end they ran out worthy winners 5-0. Team boss Charlie Brown had no complaints after the game.

8th  After a long wait for International clearance the club can announce that 20 year old midfielder Connor Austin has joined the club until the end of the season. He arrives from FC Linkoping City, Sweden.

9thTomorrow’s visit to play Nairn County has been postponed by the SHFL due to the death of Queen Elizabeth II. Next Saturday’s Scottish Cup tie at Seafield Park is also in doubt as we await further instructions from the Scottish Government.

13thThe Scottish Government announced that all games on September could go ahead for what is usually an exciting day of cup football.

17thBefore the game we signed goalkeeping cover in the form of James Duncan from Tomatin United. We welcomed Camelon Juniors to Seafield Park, their first visit to Grantown for what turned out to an eventful afternoon. The Jags started well and created three good scoring chances in the opening fifteen minutes before conceding a soft penalty on 31 minutes for The Mariners to go in at half-time a goal to the good. Two goals in seven minutes knocked the wind out of Strathspey midway through the second half and in a disappointing end further goals were conceded on 90 and 92 minutes. A poor finish to a day that had dawned with such high hopes. Camelon were worthy winners and have been rewarded for their success with a trip to Borough Briggs, Elgin to take on the City in round 2. All the best to them.

24thHistory was made today at Seafield Park when the Jags secured their first ever point from Inverurie Locos. In an end to end game we came from a goal down at half-time to equalise through Jack Davison, with a  superb left-foot drive, and then took the lead with a tap in from Liam Taylor 73 minutes. Hoping for our first win of the season wasn’t to be when the Locos equalised on 85 minutes. A much better performance all round and a credit to everyone. We have to build on today.

26thOur game with Nairn County, postponed on September 9th, has been re-arranged for Saturday October 22, kick off at 15:00.

27thSome good news for the club was the return to training of striker Ben Cullen after his nasty facial injury. Welcome back.

30th  As the club prepare for the visit to Christie Park, Huntly tomorrow I have decided to wait until that game is played and will then send out the newsletter. It is a busy week with Brora Rangers visiting on Wednesday and then we are on the road again for a Saturday visit to Keith.

October 1 An important game in the context of the season but a disappointing afternoon visit to Aberdeenshire was the 2-0 defeat by Huntly. The Jags didn’t create anything clearcut until the final minute when they hit the bar straight after a decent shout for a penalty, but were well in the game until a bizarre decision by referee Lee Robertson over a back pass gave the initiative to the home side. The free kick was cleared for a corner which resulted in their opening goal. It was a good headed goal. Not long after it was two when a shot from the edge of the penalty area through a crowd of players resulted in an own goal. It was a quiet journey home.

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