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Jags bidding to reach first cup final as Highland League club

By Gavin Musgrove

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Jags boss Charlie Brown gives instructions from the dug-out during Saturday's 2-0 defeat to Keith.
Jags boss Charlie Brown gives instructions from the dug-out during Saturday's 2-0 defeat to Keith.

Jags manager Charlie Brown is hoping that his side can upset the form book and beat Rothes to reach their first ever senior cup final.

Strathspey Thistle are hosting the visitors from Moray this evening at Seafield Park in their semi-final game in the North of Scotland Cup.

Rothes arrive unbeaten so far this season with three wins and three draws in the Highland League.

Brown told the Strathy: "The boys were in good spirits at our light training session on Monday evening and they are really looking forward to the cup game. They had a good stretch of their legs and a good laugh and got the defeat on Saturday to Keith out of their system.

"It was a chance to re-group after a tough few games. We have spoken about a few things."

"Rothes are a top team and have some good midfielders and strikers. They will be a tough nut to crack but we are confident that we can put in a performance and hopefully get a win."

Brown has a full squad to call upon.

The boss is hoping that there will be a good crowd at the Grantown club's home ground to cheer on the side. Spectators can just turn up at the gate.

Brown said: "We have been getting quite a few supporters at our games this season and it would be good if that continued tonight."

The North of Scotland semi-final kicks off at 8pm and the game will be decided on the night going to extra time and penalties if required.

The winners will have to wait to find out their opponents in the final.

Home side Brora have reported a Covid-19 outbreak in their squad and an unknown number of players are currently self-isolating.

The semi-final tie at Dudgeon Park against Lossiemouth will now be rescheduled for another date.

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