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Strathspey Thistle hoping to play first Highland League game for a month

By Gavin Musgrove

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Keeper Robbie Donaldson and team-mates training on the sand dunes at Nairn.
Keeper Robbie Donaldson and team-mates training on the sand dunes at Nairn.

Strathspey Thistle are hoping to play their first Highland League match in a month when they travel to Keith at the weekend.

A combination of the freezing cold weather and Covid has left the Jags players kicking their heels in frustration.

But boss Charlie Brown freshened things up on Saturday – when their home game to Huntly United had been due to be played – by taking the players for a trip to the seaside.

Brown said: “It has been a long while since we had a game. We were at the beach at Nairn on Saturday and had a good training session on Tuesday night at Inverness Royal Academy.

“We had them running up the sand dunes at Nairn.

“The players enjoyed it – I didn’t!

“It was something different for the players and they were saying at training on Tuesday how much they had enjoyed it. It might be something that we do again.”

Brown said that there were no longer any Covid cases in the squad after five or six players had tested positive around the start of the New Year.

“Hopefully we can steer clear of it from now on,” Brown said. “And there are no cases at the Keith club at present.”

Attention now turns to Saturday and hopefully a chance for points at Kynoch Park.

Brown commented: “Keith are one of the teams around about us in league.

“No disrespect to them but we hope we can go there and pick up some points if we play to the best of our ability.

“I know their manager Craig Ewen and he will have them up for it so it will be a difficult game.”

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