Published: 13/11/2012 07:00 - Updated: 12/11/2012 16:55

Nairn County star eager for focus to switch to league

Conor Gethins (yellow shirt) in action for Nairn County against Forfar Athletic.
Conor Gethins (yellow shirt) in action for Nairn County against Forfar Athletic.

NAIRN County are capable of winning the Highland League for the first time in a generation, according to star striker Conor Gethins.

Despite being 10th in the table, the Irish hitman is optimistic the Wee County are capable of claiming the club’s first title since their only ever championship season on 1975/76.

The former Ross County frontman insists the team can take positives from their near history making Scottish Cup run, which ended with a 3-2 home defeat to Forfar in a third round replay on Saturday.

Gethins scored a spectacular goal to trigger what would have been another miraculous comeback against the Second Division visitors, who took a three-goal lead once again. But he knows their efforts proved fruitless and focus must return to the league.

“This season is probably our best chance of going all the way,” Gethins said.

“The togetherness in the changing room is really good and the boys are throwing everything on the line to get results.

“Our performances in the last two games against Forfar and in the previous round against Clyde have given us belief and we have a chance now to go on and win the league.

“It’s not going to be easy because there are really tough teams this season, the likes of Wick, Cove, Forres and Brora are all coming into it, but I think we can be there or thereabouts.”

He hopes the majority of the 578 spectators at the cup replay will return for County’s home league game against Turriff United this Saturday.

“The cup has gone now and a lot of teams crumble after a good cup run but we have a lot of experience in our team and will not let that happen,” Gethins vowed.

“We have Turriff next and need to get on a winning streak because we have four games in hand, but we are not that far behind.

“We know we can beat any team in the league on our day and I can guarantee we will always give 100 per cent and fight every match to the end.”

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