3rd After many days of snow, ice and minus temperatures today has been when the thaw began so keep our fingers crossed that the game at Mosset Park Forres will be played.
4th It was confirmed today that the contract of striker Ben Cullen had been cancelled. He is an aircraft engineer based at RAF Lossiemouth and he has been posted to England. We didn’t see the best of Ben after he suffered a bad facial injury in our home game with Deveronvale in August. We wish him well.
5th Confirmation today of the signing until the end of the season of 21-year-old midfielder Cairn Giles. He has had experience with Boat of Garten Ospreys, Cromdale and Spey Valley United.
6th Forres confirm Saturday’s game is on.
7th First game in charge for Brian Ritchie and what a baptism. Again conceding the early goal made life difficult but the team held their own until the break when they went in 2-1 down. Our goal was a shot come cross from Owen Loveland which the Forres keeper turned into his net. This was one of the own goals in the game. The second half saw ‘The Jags’ blown away by the men from Mosset Park. Not the kind of second half showing that Brian expected. Final score 8-1. Brush ourselves down again and prepare for the visit next Saturday of Lossiemouth FC.
14th Home match v Lossiemouth – An exciting game and much improved performance left all Jags fans gutted at the final whistle. Making his debut we welcomed Nathaniel Valente as goalkeeping cover and he was soon in action with a penalty save just five minutes in which gave everyone a massive boost. The first 45 minutes were pretty even with both sides missing chances but it was good to go in at half time with a clean sheet.
The second half was also exciting and despite going a goal down on 55 minutes, Jags heads did not drop and instead they took the game to Lossie. Man of the Match Alan Kerr equalised on 75 minutes and the game became end to end. Two quick goals on 89 and 90 gave Lossiemouth a victory but a draw would have been fair. A much improved team performance was also very welcome.
20thA week of very cold days and nights together with some heavy snowfalls in the Grantown area made you wonder if we would make the 135 mile journey northwards to Wick on the A9 tomorrow. The answer was given to us this afternoon after a pitch inspection that there was no prospect of the park being playable. Attention now turns to our visit on the 28th to Glebe Park to face title favourites Brechin City.
26th 18 year old Cameron Breen has joined the club until the end of the season. He is a midfielder. Born and raised in South Africa he has now moved to the UK.
28th One of our longest trips of the season to current league leaders and SHFL title favourites was as daunting a task as it turned out. On the way we stopped at Kellockbank Garden Centre for breakfast. Lovely welcome and good food was a positive way to start the day.
Arriving at Glebe Park for a 2pm kick off and our Team Manager had selected Cairn Giles for his debut and he and the other players were soon under the cosh. We conceded our normal very early goal but for the next 35 minutes we competed well but went in at half time down by 2-0. Another very early goal within a minute of the restart knocked the players confidence and Brechin then dominated the rest of the game and ran out winners by 6-0. Now for the long journey home.
30th The club have made further additions to the playing staff with the registrations of Robert Breen Jnr. and Rory Mackinnon. Robert is a midfielder and has joined his brother Cameron on the staff. Rory is a forward who has played local welfare football with Aviemore Thistle and Nairn St. Ninian.
31st Another addition to the squad is 31 year old Goalkeeper James Kendall. He has played for Nairn County and Nairn St. Ninian.
Saturday 4th Nairn County (H, 2pm)
Saturday 11th Inverurie Locos (A, 2pm)
Saturday 18th Huntly (H)
Saturday 25th Brora (A)
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