AWAY MATCH v LOSSIEMOUTH FC
GPH BUILDERS MERCHANTS HIGHLAND LEAGUE CUP – RD1
GRANT PARK, LOSSIEMOUTH, IV31 6JG
SATURDAY 26 AUGUST 2023 KO – 3pm
This week we head to the Moray Coast and to Lossiemouth FC for a first round match in the GPH Builders Merchants Highland League Cup. Both teams will be expecting a good result for them so the prospect of a good, hard fought encounter looks to be on the cards. Manager Rob will be hoping for a bit better luck this Saturday and the flu bug which has been affecting some of our boys has cleared up and everyone is fighting fit!
The Coasters sit one point ahead of us in the league so it should be pretty tight and I know that all of the Jags are looking forward to the game.
This post is being put together on Tuesday so check our social media for up-to-date information on the game.
MEET OUR NEW SPONSOR
Strathspey Thistle Football Club are delighted to welcome PREMIER – GRANTOWN-ON-SPEY as our new shirt sponsor joining McGowan’s and MKM.
Premier owner Arun Palanippan opened in Grantown, his eighth shop, in April and with another in Nethy Bridge opening soon, it is great to have another successful business in the Strath becoming involved with the Club. Arun was introduced to the Club by Charlie Sinclair, who has recently retired and is now helping the Club’s commercial manager Rob Clark in finding sponsors.
LAST SATURDAY’S MATCH v BANKS O’ DEE FC at Seafield Park.
SPONSORED BY FIFE CREAMERY
Firstly, Strathspey Thistle would like to thank Fife Creamery for sponsoring the match.
Unfortunately it wasn’t the greatest of results to our first home start in the Breedon Highland League 2023/2024.
After our very good performance last Wednesday against Brora, Saturday’s result was badly affected by the fact that Manager Rob had 4 call offs that morning with players with a flu bug, so all this plans sort of went out the window – and with another couple of guys unavailable. We had only two outfield players on the bench so we were struggling and being two down after ten minutes didn’t help! Banks O’Dee are a very good team and were four up at the break – we came into it a lot more second half and had a couple of vague chances but another couple of really soft goals made the final score 6-0.
Already one or two people are tipping them for the title.
PS..I was upset that a second half incident culminated in Robert manager being sent off – witnessing the scene personally, it was a very disappointing decision by the assistant referee which sparked the hoopla and to be honest I’m not quite sure why Rob was red-carded …but that’s football……and it can be very annoying sometimes!!
Speaking of the aforementioned Charlie Sinclair, and as reported, recently retired from the match day sponsor Fife Creamery. Thankfully he was very impressed our new look A4 colour team lines leaflet which carries the match’s team line-ups and club and sponsor information – in fact the leaflet received much praise from all quarters and a vast improvement to last year’s efforts – this is thanks to the purchase of a new printer!
In these difficult financial times Strathspey Thistle would like to thank all our sponsors of the Club and of the players and management — we appreciate every penny.
A list of players sponsors will be uploaded very soon.
NEW PHOTOGRAPH ON HOME PAGE
Well done if you noticed our new home page photograph which was taken during last Saturday’s match and is courtesy of our drone guys Raymond MacWilliam and Mike Shand – and excellent it is too. Thanks gents!!
As ever, as we finish this week’s post by asking you to play our online fundraising Lottery game – this week’s jackpot stands at £2100 with a runner-up prize of £100 for four numbers matching if there is no-one with five numbers. To play click here.
All the best to the boys this weekend on the Jags quest for round two……