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Jags boss hails 'feel good factor' ahead of Fraserburgh test

By Niall Harkiss

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Jags boss Charlie Brown hopes his side can resume their 'feel good factor' this weekend.
Jags boss Charlie Brown hopes his side can resume their 'feel good factor' this weekend.

Jags boss Charlie Brown hopes his side can pick up where they left off when they welcome league leaders Fraserburgh on Saturday.

Thistle had been due to travel to Rothes, looking to capitalise on a hard earned point against Deveronvale a fortnight ago.

But all nine Highland League matches scheduled for January 29 were postponed due to high winds.

The decision was taken by the league committee to call off the full fixture calendar after winds of at least 50 miles per hour had been forecast throughout the afternoon.

The free week will have been frustrating for Brown who watched his side put an end to their long losing streak in the Highland League a fortnight ago.

A late Kris Duncan goal salvaged a point for Thistle against visitors Deveronvale, ending a run of winless form stretching back to early October.

Jags manager Charlie Brown was more delighted with the performance than the point.

He said: "The point was a welcome one, but the performance was a lot more pleasing. We changed the shape a bit and that set us more on the front foot.

"We then had a good week of training, but of course the game against Rothes was called off."

Brown's side now prepare for the visit of Highland League table toppers Fraserburgh.

Fraserburgh, who sit top of the league with six points between them and second placed Buckie Thistle, are currently on a run of five consecutive wins having suffered their only league defeat at home to Rothes in November.

The Bellslea Park side won the reverse fixture against Thistle 7–0 back in September, and the Jags boss is under no illusions about the enormity of the task ahead this time around.

Brown said: "We know we are not expected to take anything from the game, but it's important we go into it as a squad believing that if we stay in the game as long as we can without letting Fraserburgh overpower us, then we have a chance of sneaking something.

"Hopefully we we can resume the feel good factor at training again this week and carry it into Saturday."

Jake Thomson, returning for a second spell on loan from Elgin City, is expected to be available for selection after a long spell on the sidelines with an ankle injury.

The Grantown side will, however, be without Andrew Maclean, who has gone on loan to North Caledonian League side Alness United.

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