AWAY MATCH v NEW ELGIN
Assistant manager Mike Rae takes the Jags to the Nicol-Togneri Park for a meeting with New Elgin Juniors FC.
This will be our last friendly before the League season starts on the 29th and our visit to Forres.
Manager Robert has been topping up the tan in Spain and having a well earned rest after all the hoopla since joining us in February, especially recently preparing the team for next season and negotiating the contracts for new players for those who are extending theirs so we hope he’s had a relaxing time and is already for an interesting start to the season with only one home game in our opening seven games – five league games and two cup ties…..
Our only home game is on the 19 August with a visit from Banks O’Dee FC, but we are hoping to re-arrange our postponed annual match with a select from the Strathspey & Badenoch Welfare League at Seafield Park on the Saturday 12th of August.
We are working on this and perhaps making it a bit of a gala day, plans are afoot, so hopefully everything will fall into place …..
MATCHES AT SEAFIELD PARK AGAINST JEANFIELD SWIFTS AND INVERNESS CALEDONIAN THISTLE U-18S
Two matches in Grantown in the past week have again shown much encouragement for the season ahead.
Although we went down 4-3 to Perth side Jeanfield Swifts on Saturday afternoon the performance was good. We were two down after twenty-one minutes recovering to lead 3-2 after fifty-nine minutes only to lose a two more goals in a seven minute patch in the latter stages of the game.
So, taking all into account and with three preventable defensive mistakes it was a reasonable afternoon run out and another step on the road to Forres. Two of our goals were scored by a trialist and the third was scored by our captain James McShane. We were playing in our dark away strips and the contrast between the two strips could not have been more – see the photo, James (on ground) is hidden by one of the Swift’s defenders.
We then welcomed a very talented Inverness Caledonian Thistle U-18 team to Grantown on Wednesday night and again it was a very close but enjoyable game. We lost a goal in the first half and although we had chances the game was pretty even up until about seventy minutes when we seemed to up a gear and had a very positive end – scoring two goals both very good, one from defender Owen Paterson, his second goal this season, and the other from forward Ross Logan. All in all another excellent work out and we look forward to Saturday and New Elgin.
MORE GOOD NEWS
Another player extension… Daniel Whitehorn has agreed a new deal until 2024!
We are delighted to tie down Daniel on another 12 month deal, he is a player that really came into his own towards the tail end of last season with some exceptional individual performances. We are very happy that he has chosen to extend his stay in Grantown.
As ever we end this week’s post with an invitation for you to play our fundraising lottery game with this weeks jackpot standing at £1600 – click here to go to the online page ……