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Clachnacuddin aim upset over Highland League champions Brora Rangers

By Will Clark

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CLACHNACUDDIN will look to cause a major upset when they welcome Highland League champions Brora Rangers to Grant Street Park tomorrow.

Clachnacuddin v Fort William.Lewis Nicolson drives up the pitch.Picture Gary Anthony.
Clachnacuddin v Fort William.Lewis Nicolson drives up the pitch.Picture Gary Anthony.

The Lilywhites ended a four-game losing streak in the Highland League last weekend when they came from 3–1 down to defeat Fort William 4–3 in a seven-goal thriller in Merkinch.

Three of their four defeats were against teams in the top seven.

After a poor 3–2 home defeat to Deveronvale, Clachnacuddin then lost 4–1 at Rothes, suffered a 2–1 injury time defeat to Fraserburgh and lost 4–2 at Formartine United, despite coming from behind to level 2–2 after 60 minutes.

MacDonald admits it will be a tough ask to take anything from the champions, but he says performances against the top teams in the league already this season gives him confidence it can be done.

“It is a big test, but nothing changes for us, we will go to look and win the game,” said MacDonald.

“That is what we have done all season and nothing changes for us, we know we have a hurdle we have to get over.

“We have felt hard done by, but we have not been able to take points from games and we need to try and get something this weekend.”
Brora Rangers, who have been the dominant team in the Highland League in recent seasons, are playing catch up as they are 13 points behind Fraserburgh.

But MacDonald says it would be foolish to write the Cattachs out of the title running.

“You can never write Brora Rangers off, you look at their result against Rothes on Wednesday when they were the first team to beat them this season.

“They are still the top team in the league and it is going to be tough.”
Calum Black is suspended for tomorrow’s clash but everyone else is currently available for selection to face Brora Rangers.

MacDonald is asking his players to leave everything on the pitch.

He said it would be a big statement if they could take something from the match.

“It would show how far we have come and the progress we have made that we are competing with these teams.

“But we want to take that next step of being able to take something out of these games instead of coming away with the unlucky tag.”

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