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Manager Jordan Macdonald says Clachnacuddin are desperate to get back into action after month without Highland League action

By Andrew Henderson

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Clachnacuddin boss Jordan Macdonald says his players are champing at the bit to get back on the pitch.

The last time the Lilywhites were in action was December 18 in a 3–2 loss to Wick Academy, with every scheduled match since then called off because of unplayable pitches or Covid-19.

Due to return this Saturday away at Turriff United, Macdonald knows just how badly the squad wants to get back to playing matches, and he is hoping that desire is enough to offset any rustiness.

“I’m not really concerned, because I try and slip back the other way – we should be desperate to play,” he said.

“I’m hoping that’s the way it goes, but listen, there will always be a bit of rustiness when you haven’t played in so long.

Robbie Thompson celebrates scoring in Clach’s last game against Wick Academy. Picture: Callum Mackay
Robbie Thompson celebrates scoring in Clach’s last game against Wick Academy. Picture: Callum Mackay

“Training isn’t the same, but to be fair to the boys they have worked really hard over Christmas and New Year, into the start of January.

“It is what it is, there’s not much we can do. We’ve been training and working away, and it’s just out of our hands.

“We’re just desperate to be playing, and hopefully Saturday goes ahead and we get a game.”

The unplanned break from matches has only meant Clach have been stewing over that last defeat against Wick, but Macdonald insists it has not got anyone down.

“Our boys are getting better all the time, and they haven’t dropped their heads,” he stressed.

“They know they let themselves down against Wick, being 2–0 up, we should have had more, and the boys have responded to that in training.

“There has been an appetite, the numbers have been there and the work rate has been there.

“I know work rate is meant to be there anyway, but you can let your head drop after something like that.

“The enthusiasm and the drive at training might not be quite the same, but we haven’t seen that, so it has been good.”

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