AWAY MATCH v FORRES MECHANICS FC
NORTH OF SCOTLAND CUP
MOSSET PARK, FORRES IV36 1AU
WEDNESDAY 30 AUGUST 2023 – KO 8pm
AWAY MATCH v NAIRN COUNTY FC
BREEDON HIGHLAND LEAGUE
STATION PARK, NAIRN, IV12 5NQ
SATURDAY 2 SEPTEMBER 2023 – KO 3pm
Another two away matches sports fans – one cup and one league.
Firstly we travel to Forres for a floodlight encounter with Forres Mechanics. This is our second visit to Mosset Park, in a month as we started our league campaign there on the 29th July, and for Jags fans it was memorable as we scored probably our quickest ever goal within 3 minutes! Forres equalised soon after and scored a deserved winner in the second half after a fair bit of pressure – but we were happy with the first half performance. Since then Forres have lost to only Buckie Thistle in the league and had an impressive win over Banks O’Dee in the GPBuilders Merchants Cup last Saturday.
So we will obviously be expecting a very tough match and if we can play like we did in the first half last time it should be a pretty close game.
And then on to Saturday and our second visit to the seaside in a week. We cross the Dava Moor to the the stylish town of Nairn and a Breedon Highland League match against Nairn County FC at Station Park.
Nairn have had a choppy start to the season and at the moment sit beside us in the league table failing to put any points on the board after four games. so there will be all to play for as both teams try to get our first points of the season. Last week they bowed out of the GPBuilders Merchants Cup last Saturday with a 3-2 loss away to Keith. So manager Steven Mackay will be hoping for better things.
MATCH LAST SATURDAY v LOSSIEMOUTH FC
GPBuilders Merchants Cup first round.
On a very pleasant afternoon weather wise Lossie started the game very sprightly and had Jags keeper Steve Martin busy early on, and for the first half hour were the better team. However, the Jags had a couple of good chances before half-time and went in at half-time looking more and more stronger. This continued for most of the second half missing some good chances but, eventually, late on ex-Jags keeper Ollie Kelly felled Owen Loveland in the box and Owen Paterson converted the resulting penalty kick. A couple of good clearances kept Lossie out when the final whistle sounded the Jags were the team in the next round where they will have a home tie against Fraserburgh on 9 September.
Everyone at Strathspey Thistle was absolutely delighted with the result and we hope that this bodes well for this weeks games.
CHANGE OF FIXTURE
OUR NEXT HOME GAME IS ON 9 SEPTEMBER 2023 – THE DATE IS THE SAME BUT OUR OPPOSITION HAS CHANGED. AFTER BEATING LOSSIEMOUTH IN THE GP BUILDERS MERCHANTS CUP LAST SATURDAY, WE NOW PLAY FRASERBURGH FC IN THE SECOND ROUND INSTEAD OF A LEAGUE GAME AGAINST ROTHES FC
It was all action at Seafield Park on Monday night during training and manager Rob, Mike and the rest of the guys welcomed back Jude Fraser after breaking his ankle during our pre-season friendly against Nairn St Ninians – however all was not good and after an awkward turn his ankle injury flared up again – hopefully he’ll be back soon and the injury is not as bad as he feared – he is “desperate to get back – I’ve never been away from football for so long “.
We also wish defender Will Urquhart all the best as he heads to university in St Andrews – he is hopeful he may get back sporadically over the season and perhaps for a few weeks over the Christmas and Easter holiday periods.
Our photographer went a-roving down to Seafield Park capturing some sponsor driven activity.
Murray the blacksmith was grappling with perspex in fixing the away dugout in preparation for MKM branding and in the other corner Frankie and John were constructing the Gleaner Oils board for behind the goals at the golf course end.
The word on the street is if you want to boogie on down to the K and The Pupils dance in The Legion on 30 September get your tickets SOON as we cannot be held responsible if you are too late…….tickets available at The Legion here in Grantown at £10 each – cash only please….
As always we close with giving you a chance of winning the Club’s weekly lottery jackpot – this week £2200 – click here to play
I’LL BE BACK NEXT WEEK HENCE THE DOUBLE MATCH POST
…….SEE YOU THEN JAGS FANS