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Jags make it two wins in a row with victory over Clach

By Gavin Musgrove

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Strathspey Thistle made it two wins on the bounce after going previously going without a win since mid November.

The Jags beat Clachnacuddin 2-1 at Seafield Park on Saturday to cut the gap at the bottom of the table to seven points with six matches left to play this season.

Iain Ross (36th) had given the Grantown side a 1-0 advantage going into the half-time interval.

Jags goalscorer Daniel Whitehorn (no 17) is congratulated by Alan Kerr, Jack Davison, James McShane, Owen Paterson and Ewan Neil.
Jags goalscorer Daniel Whitehorn (no 17) is congratulated by Alan Kerr, Jack Davison, James McShane, Owen Paterson and Ewan Neil.

Connor Bunce converted from the penalty spot to equalise in ther 69th minute but Daniel Whitehorn got the winner for the hosts in the 80th minute.

The victory follows on from a 3-0 away win at Deveronvale the previous Saturday is a real turnaround in fortunes for the Jags under new caretaker boss Mike Rae and assistants Charlie Brown and Robbie Flett.

Elsewhere in the league on Saturday, Nairn County would also have been disappointed with their result in a derby match against Forres, but they at least had something to show for their efforts after a 0-0 stalemate.

While the Wee County were realistically fairly safe in the top half, two dropped points against a side in the bottom four does mean their hopes of catching sides above them in the standings took a hit.

Elsewhere, the title race seems to be firmly in Brechin City’s hands after the latest round of results saw them extend their lead at the top of the table.

Brechin were comfortable 5-1 winners at home against Turriff United, while Buckie surprisingly lost 3-1 to Wick Academy at Harmsworth Park.

Banks O’Dee and Fraserburgh consolidated their chances of a high finish – although a late charge for the title looks out of reach for both sides – beating Formartine United 4-1 and Rothes 5-0 respectively.

A little further behind, Brora Rangers suffered a surprising 1-0 defeat away at Huntly, while Keith got the better of Inverurie Locos 2-1.

Some of the best entertainment of the weekend came at Lossiemouth’s Grant Park, though, albeit they were forced to share the spoils with Deveronvale after evenly splitting six goals between the two teams.

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