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MacDonald wants to see Clachnacuddin bounce back from Scottish Cup disappointment

By Alasdair Fraser

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Jordan MacDonald is this week seeking to lift his Clach players’ spirits for a difficult away test at Rothes after the bitter disappointment of Saturday’s Scottish Cup exit.

Clach’s 2–1 defeat to Dunipace – an East of Scotland First Division Conference side two league tiers below the Lilywhites –continued a pattern of poor home performances this season.

On the road, manager MacDonald has been mostly thrilled by displays, with two draws and two wins from four away days since losing heavily at Inverurie Locos’ Harlaw Park.

This weekend’s league tie pits the promising Clach side against a team who have taken huge strides in recent years. They currently sit third in the table with a game in hand on second top Locos.

Clach’s Shaun Sutherland digs in during defeat to unfancied Dunipace. Picture: Callum Mackay
Clach’s Shaun Sutherland digs in during defeat to unfancied Dunipace. Picture: Callum Mackay

The Rothes game ushers in a tough spell for Clach, with subsequent clashes with Fraserburgh, Formartine, Fort William and Brora.

“Rothes is all we’re concentrating on,” manager MacDonald stressed. “We’re looking to get a positive result and we firmly believe we can do that. We’ve beaten better teams than Dunipace this season already and we just didn’t get it right.

“We looked nervous and we didn’t pass the ball well or move it quickly enough.

“We won’t use any excuses. All over the park, we just simply weren’t good enough. But we go again. The players have been excellent this season and we need to lift them after Saturday because it was a sore one.

“We’re under no illusions as to how tough it is going to be at Rothes but, if we can get back to what we were doing before these last couple of games against Deveronvale and Dunipace, I’ve said before we’ll cause any team problems.

“Rothes have done well and improved year upon year, but it is about us. We’ll go down there with our game plan and try to impose it on them. We’re looking for a positive result to get us going again.”

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