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Home run-in nice advantage for Strathspey Thistle, says manager Gordy Nicolson

By Gavin Musgrove


STRATHSPEY Thistle manager Gordy Nicolson is looking forward to finishing the season with four home fixtures.

The Highland League has just released the schedule for the remainder of the campaign.

The Jags’ first game of the run-in is away to Huntly this Saturday, then they must make a Wednesday night visit to Formartine.

Following those trips are home matches on successive Saturdays, against Forres, Keith, Clach and Buckie.

Nicolson said: “We have six games to go and 18 points to play for. The target is to get as many as we can.

“Playing Huntly, Formartine and Forres in a seven-day period will be tough but we have our own goals that we will work towards.

“Playing on a Wednesday at Form-artine will be difficult. Midweek away games are difficult for any team.”

On the four games at home, Nicolson said: “Forres are a good side. I watched them beat Clach last Saturday. That will be a tough one.

“Keith and Clach are around about us in the table and if we want to finish above them, we need to take points from them.

“Clach are on a decent run of form and Keith have picked up some good results recently.”

The Jags final match of the season will be against on Buckie on April 20.

The game has been rescheduled after it was postponed at weekend due to Grantown’s Seafield Park being snowbound.

Nicolson said: “It is a tricky finish to the season. There are no easy games and we need to maintain our focus. We need to apply ourselves properly and we will set-up the team to maximise our chances of getting positive results.

“We’ve had some good results this season, but that is old news.

“We need to kick on and get as many points as we can.”

Meanwhile, Jags defender Graeme Grant has agreed to join Buckie next season as a coach. The former Forres player is set to remain at Seafield Park until the summer when he will make the switch.

Remaining fixtures: Saturday 23rd March Huntly (A); Wednesday 27th March Formartine (A); Saturday 30th March Forres (H); Saturday 6th April Keith (H); Saturday 13th April Clach (H) & Saturday 20th April Buckie (H).

- Aberdeen University 2-1 Spey Valley Utd. Valley suffered late agony in the Granite City last Saturday.

With the University side riding high at the top of the McBookie.com League 2 table, it was always going to be a tough ask for the visitors from Cromdale to take anything from this game.

But things were closer than perhaps both sides expected following a goalless first half.Then on 67 minutes Josh Race put United ahead to shock their hosts.

Sadly this goal sparked Aberdeen into action as they immediately upped their game.

Caleb Ogwuru netted the home side’s equaliser with 11 minutes remaining as the pressure told.

Nduoma Chilaka then edged Aberdeen ahead for the first time in the 81st minute.

It was all too much for United to recover from in the remaining time as they succumbed to the late body blow.

This Saturday gives United a break from League action as they head north to face League 1 side Forres Thistle in the DJW Joinery Elginshire Cup.Kick-off at Logie Park is at 2pm.

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