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Clachnacuddin are in it to win it in Highland League Cup


By Will Clark

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MANAGER Jordan MacDonald says Clachnacuddin will be taking the Highland League Cup seriously saying it is a competition that they can win.

Clachnacuddin v Brechin City, Grant Street Park, Inverness...Clach midfielder Robbie Thompson...Picture: Callum Mackay..
Clachnacuddin v Brechin City, Grant Street Park, Inverness...Clach midfielder Robbie Thompson...Picture: Callum Mackay..

The Lilywhites will begin their campaign when they face Strathspey Thistle in the first round at Grant Street Park tomorrow afternoon.

The Lilywhites will be looking to clear the first hurdle of the competition against a team who knocked them out of the North of Scotland Cup earlier this season.

Clachnacuddin suffered a 4–0 defeat to Strathspey in the North of Scotland Cup quarter final in August in what was described as their poorest performance of the season.

However, Clachnacuddin have defeated Strathspey Thistle 4–1 in the Highland League earlier in the campaign.

The Merkinch outfit have had a decent campaign in the Highland League as they are in ninth place as they look to finish a league season in the top half for the first time since 2013.

MacDonald says doing well in the League Cup is a high priority for the club and says he is looking for a good performance tomorrow to progress to the quarter finals.

He believes as long as they remain in the competition, they have a chance of winning it.

“This is the cup and it is a competition that we can win,” he said.

“We are going to go out there and do the same thing we always do and try and get the ball down and play football.”

Clachnacuddin will be looking to bounce back from a narrow 1–0 defeat in the Highland League to title challengers Brechin City last week.

Regardless of opposition, MacDonald says their keep the ball on the ground mentality is something they try to take into every game.

He thinks it is a system which is working well for his team and will hopefully lead to more positive results.

“That is the way we do it and we are not going to change, no matter who we play.

“Whether we play Inverurie Locos, Brechin City or Formartine United, we can’t change.

“Telling our players to do one thing and then do another is not how we work.

“We are going to continue playing the way we have been and it is not everyone’s cup of tea.

“But it is the way that we think is right and we are going to continue playing that way.”


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