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Strathspey Thistle aiming to end albatross in Scottish Cup

By Staff Reporter

The Jags' Cameron Lisle (left) was the goalscorer in the 1-1 draw in the Highland League with Huntly.
The Jags' Cameron Lisle (left) was the goalscorer in the 1-1 draw in the Highland League with Huntly.

JAGS manager Gordy Nicolson is out to make more history with the club on Saturday.

Last season, he led his players to their best-ever finish in the Highland League, as they earned 33 points to claim 14th spot.

This weekend Nicolson aims to steer Thistle to their first win in the Scottish Cup, when they face Lossiemouth at Seafield Park in Grantown.

He said: "We will forget about the league this weekend and concentrate 100 per cent on the cup.

"The club has never got into the next round. It was something we targeted when I was assistant to previous manager Ally Munro and it's the same now I'm manager.

"Two years ago we were close against Civil Service Strollers in a game we felt we could have won.

"Last season we faced Coldstream in another game we felt we could win, but we didn't.

"This time we have opposition that we know well in Lossiemouth. We played them recently in the league and won.

"This will be an interesting game. It will be no easy task though. They'll look to get one over us after the last game. In the cup you always want a home draw and we have got that. At our level, I'm not sure how much the crowd comes into it.

"But our park is fantastic. The club have done great work to produce a lovely surface and that suits us.

"We will work had this week, prepare right and are looking forward to what I am expecting to be a good game."

The Jags go into the Scottish Cup first round clash on the back of a free weekend.

Thistle were last in action last Wednesday when they drew 1-1 at home to Huntly.

The Jags threatened early on with efforts from Liam Taylor and Scott Morrison that failed to break the deadlock.

However, the hosts took the lead in the 37th minute through a low drive from Cameron Lisle.

Disappointingly for Strathspey, their advantage did not last for long. Huntly quickly got back on level terms as Paul Esslemont latched on to a through-ball from Kai Ross to score.

Strathspey were frustrated to see three claims for a penalty turned down during the match. But the draw was enough to ensure the Grantown side remain unbeaten at home in the league this season.

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