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Strathspey Thistle squad hit by Covid outbreak

By Gavin Musgrove

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Jags boss Charlie Brown (right) has been left frustrated by the lack of competitive football.
Jags boss Charlie Brown (right) has been left frustrated by the lack of competitive football.

Strathspey Thistle are looking at yet another blank weekend with a Covid outbreak in the Seafield Park camp, and the wintry weather, meaning the fixture at home to Turriff United is already unlikely to go-ahead.

Monday’s fixture away to Lossiemouth was called off because of an outbreak of the virus within the Moray team’s squad.

Heavy snow arriving on top of an already frozen pitch means that Saturday’s kick-off is doubtful.

Furthermore, Thistle are down on numbers with five players involved in the first-team set-up currently having Covid, and three of them ruled out for the weekend.

Boss Charlie Brown said: “It has been a frustrating time. The lads have been turning up for training only for the games to be postponed due to the weather and situation with Covid. These things cannot be helped just now.”

Brown and his players got the call while training on Thursday night informing them that a Covid outbreak for Lossiemouth had put paid to their latest fixture.

It means that the Grantown club has not kicked a football in competitive action in nearly a month.

Brown said: “We are hoping that there will be no more snow but I think the forecast is for the cold spell to continue. Along with the pitch already being frozen before the snow arrived, I think the game must be in doubt.”

Added to that is Covid catching up with the Jags – as it has done with many other Highland League clubs.

Brown said: “We have got five Covid cases and so the league would consider another postponement.

"We think three of the players would definitely miss this Saturday with two others due to come out of self-isolation on Friday and Saturday morning itself.”

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