5th First bus ride of the new season with a visit to Harlaw Park, Pitmedden to take on Formartine United. A lovely ground with an excellent pitch. Formartine joined the Highland League the same time as we did in 2009. It is always a tough ground to get a result on and this was no different. First 33 minutes saw us keep a good shape but then conceded a sloppy goal but went in one down at half-time pleased with how the team were playing. The second forty-five was a repeat of last week’s game at Forres which was disappointing. Further goals on 58, 63 and 90 minutes made it a long journey home. Shots on goal 3, shots off 5 and 2 corners. Bookings for James McShane and Owen Paterson.
Our first home game scheduled for August 12 has been postponed as Huntly have to play a preliminary round game in the GPH Builders Merchants Highland League Cup.
16thAfter an eleven day break it was another away game at Dudgeon Park, Brora. A beautiful summer evening greeted our arrival for what was Brora’s first home game after they had had their pitch re-laid. It was a really positive performance by The Jags and they created a number of decent chances. A sloppy opening goal on 30 minutes for the home side was followed nine minutes later by a second for the Rangers.
We took the game to the home side and it was no surprise when Owen Loveland made it 2-1 on 71 minutes which really opened up the game with The Strathy Jags having ten minutes of pressure which so nearly became 2-2. Brora scored again on 82 minutes but that was not a fair reflection of the game. So many positives to take for the journey home on what was an excellent team performance. If only we can cut out the defensive errors.
Team: Steven Martin (GK); Owen Patterson, Taylor Sutherland, James McShane (c), William Urquhart, Alan Kerr, Joe Cuthbert, Jack Mackay, Jack Davison, Ross Logan, Michael McKenzie – Subs used: Iain Ross, Cairn Giles, Owen Loveland.
19thThe positive vibes at the club soon changed when four of the first team developed flu symptoms during Friday and Saturday morning and the club could only field 13 players for the league visit of Banks O’ Dee to Seafield Park.
Missing were Michael Mackenzie, Jack Davison, Taylor Sutherland and Seamus McGonaghy.
(A recent aerial view of Seafield Park)
Two of the starting eleven were not feeling a hundred percent when ‘The Strathy Jags’ took to the pitch and it didn’t help matters to concede a very poor goal in under a minute and a second on ten minutes. Half time was reached four down but there was an improvement in the second half with the final score 6-0.
Team: Steven Martin (GK); Owen Patterson, Jack Gilliland, William Urquhart, Alan Kerr, Joe Cuthbert, Jack Mackay, Ian Ross, Ross Logan, Owen Loveland – Subs used; Liam Grant, Caelen Mutch.
Details above of a fundraising social event coming up soon
26thCup football today and a visit to Lossiemouth for the Highland League Cup.
A sunny and warm afternoon greeted both teams and in a close game ‘The Strathy Jags’ recorded their first win of the season through a penalty converted by Owen Paterson in the 87th minute. This was the best 90 minute performance from the team so far this season and let us hope that this a sign of progress for the games ahead.
Team: Steve Martin (GK); Owen Patterson, Caelen Mutch, James McShane, Alan Kerr, Joe Cuthbert, Jack Mackay, Jack Davison, Ross Logan, Iain Ross, Michael MacKenzie – Subs used; Seamus McGonaghy, Owen Loveland, William Urquhart.
30th More knockout football and, in difficult conditions, the Jags were beaten 4-0 by Forres Mechanics in the North of Scotland Cup at Mosset Park, Forres.
A tight first-half saw the home side take the lead shortly before half-time and a second goal soon after the break put them in command although two further strikes put an unfair gloss on the final scoreline.
Team: Ruaridhri Nicol (GK); Owen Patterson, Liam Grant, Allan Kerr, Owen Loveland, James McShane (c), Jack Davison, Jack McKay, Seamus McConachy, Joe Cuthbert, Michael McKenzie – Subs used; Caelan Mutch, Iain Ross, Ross Logan, Daniel Whitehorn
September Home Games
Saturday 9th : Fraserburgh (Highland League Cup)
Saturday 30th : Wick Academy