Nairn Beach at sunset.

“Smell the sea and feel the sky” croons Van Morrison: “let your soul and spirit fly into the mystic.”

This Saturday sees us on the road again – this time to see our friends at Station Park in Nairn to face a Nairn County team, who, as I write this sit one place above us in the League. The Wee County have had an unfortunate start to this years league with a compendium of setbacks, but as they have two points more than us and three games in hand, it’s a must win on Saturday for The Jags – so that we would leave the seaside with all three points and heading into the mystic.
Last week I stated that our captain James McShane would be back – unfortunately I got it wrong and he was still on shifts as a firefighter in Inverness…maybe this week…

Remember the Nairn game should have been played last month and as we are both not partaking, now, in the Scottish Cup, Saturday’s is a rearranged league game – and next week we are in Inverness for the SHFL League Cup Preliminary Round match against Clachnacuddin – so our next home game is the first Highland League visit of Banks O’Dee FC on Saturday November 5.

Owen Loveland Jags only scorer last week against Turriff.

Last Saturday’s game v Turriff United FC was another defeat for the boys with Owen Lovelands scoring our only goal on thirty-one minutes – just before scoring he suffered what looked like sore injury and unfortunately had to leave the field shortly after the goal – hopefully the injury is not too serious. 
Thanks must go to some of our home support for creating a loud atmosphere during the game.

Now a message from Jags Head of Football Development, Brian Ritchie.

“Hello everyone… 

Having established the “Strathspey Thistle Community Football Team” for players from the local Welfare League and beyond who want to continue their summer football over the winter months, we would now like to investigate the possibility of putting in place a team for the 16-18/19 year olds within the local area who require a pathway from youth to adult football. 

The ideal scenario is that our local youngsters progress through Strathspey Rovers or any other local established club catering for school age children, then on reaching 16 years old we have a system in place for them to continue their development into adult football should they wish to do so…. This idea is going to take a wee bit of thought, discussion and planning but at this stage I would like to invite any interested parents, volunteers or coaches to a formal sit down, round the table blether, and see if there is scope to progress further. 

Please feel free to contact me by call or text on 07711330969 if this is something which you would like to be involved in

… many thanks, Brian Ritchie, Strathspey Thistle In The Community”

Thanks must go to Brian in organising STITC .

This is exceptionally beneficial as already there have been a few players from the welfare league playing for the Jags this season, and two are now under contract until next summer and playing very well.

You can keep up to date with the team on their FaceBook page here and with
Strathspey Rovers here

Speaking of Strathspey Rovers – short notice I know but what a fun way to spend Saturday night if you’re in Grantown…..

The usual finish…..£1600 is up for grabs in this weeks Club Lottery drawn on Sunday – play online here

See you next week JagsFans…..

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