Thursday 2nd The club has signed 27-year-old Michael MacKenzie from Alness United. The players trained at Inverness.
Monday 6thSnow and sub-zero temperatures returned to Speyside putting Wednesday night’s home game with Huntly in doubt.
Wednesday 7th With tonight forecast to be around minus ten degrees and day-time temperatures of a maximum three degrees, the Huntly game was called off and the visit of Keith FC on Saturday was already in doubt.
Thursday 9thNearly a full squad were able to attend training in Inverness.
Friday 10th With no change in the weather likely over the next forty eight hours Saturday’s home game was called off. Robert was hoping to arrange a friendly game somewhere on Saturday. Preparations now begin for our next game on March 18 at Turriff United.
Wednesday 15th Last night at the Charlestown Centre in Inverness. The Jags played a friendly match with Nairn County reserves. Manager Robert MacCormack was pleased with the 5-1 win and the general performance. Jack Davison scored three goals and the others from Jake Lockett and Jordan Shaw. It was good to see Jordan back playing after what has been a difficult time for him. For Saturday’s trip to Turriff United James McShane returns to the squad and Mike MacKenzie is set for his debut. Liam McDade and Mike Grimes are unavailable due to work commitments.
Saturday 18th Another trip on D & E Coaches to the middle of Aberdeenshire, this time to Turriff. The game had been in doubt last night due to the amount of rain that fallen but an 09.30 inspection passed the pitch as playable. For the opening forty five minutes the team played well, creating a couple of good chances, hitting the post and playing with a good shape and went in at half time having shaded the half. The second period continued in the same vein until the 58th minute when we went one down. In a 23 minute period we just fell apart and four further goals were conceded. It was baffling to those who were there how the game was completely turned around. Lots of work for Robert and his staff to deal with over the upcoming days as minds turn to the forthcoming Wednesday trip to Wick.
Tuesday 21st20 year old forward Jordan Shaw has joined Alness United of the North Caledonian League for a month to get some game time under his belt after suffering quite badly from the effects of Covid.
Wednesday 22ndA long and winding road to Wick on the Jags bus but it turns out to be a well worth it trip. Kicking down the slope to start with ‘The Jags’ soon settled into a good shape watched by new Assistant Manager Mike Rae.
After 33 minutes Daniel Whitehorn scored from close range and it was no more than the team deserved. We wondered which team would turn up for the second forty five minutes but we need not have worried because although Wick equalised midway through the half, heads didn’t drop and it was not long before new signing Mike MacKenzie restored our lead. We could have added a couple more goals but all players were tiring as the muddy pitch took it’s toil.
Mike Rae is an ex-Rangers goalkeeper whose past clubs also include Ross County, Buckie Thistle and Lossiemouth. Jags boss Robert MacCormack is delighted that he has joined the club.
Our last home game was on February 4 when we played Nairn County and since then we have visited Inverurie Locos, Brora, Turriff United and Wick so we are looking forward to returning to Seafield Park on Wednesday March 29 for the visit of Huntly.
Wednesday 29thRobert, Mike and Robbie’s first home game as the new management team at a damp Seafield Park. Another game of two contrasting halves which is again a puzzle to those who were at the game. The Jags started well, carrying on from their Wick performance and enjoyed taking the lead on 22 minutes through newcomer Jake Lockett. A poor defensive tackle on 33 minutes gave Huntly the chance to equalise from the spot which they duly did. We then contrived to miss two golden chances and went in at half-time 1-1. The second half was the complete opposite and on 52 and 54 minutes poor defending saw us concede two sloppy goals. We threatened little going forward and Huntly made it 4-1 on 74 minutes with their second penalty.
We now enter the most important month in our history when it will be decided whether we remain in the Highland League or have to take part in a relegation play-off. The club also celebrates in April our 30th anniversary. Interesting times as they say. Clachnacuddin visit Seafield Park on April 1.