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Clachnacuddin boss happy to get off the mark with first win in Highland League against Huntly

By Andrew Henderson

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MANAGER Jordan Macdonald was pleased to see Clachnacuddin register their first win of the Highland League season early in the campaign.

Connor Bunce. Picture: James Mackenzie.
Connor Bunce. Picture: James Mackenzie.

After an opening day defeat to Inverurie Locos, the Lilywhites saw off Huntly 1–0 thanks to Connor Bunce’s strike – and Martin Mackinnon’s penalty save.

It got Clach on the board without too much of a delay, and for Macdonald that means the first hurdle in the 2022/23 season has already been passed.

“It was nice to get the first win out of the way,” Macdonald explained.

“We’re not quite at our best yet, we’re not there yet, but we played some really good stuff.

“It was an aerial bombardment from Huntly in the second half, but we dealt with that really well.

“This time last year I don’t know if we would have won that game with the pressure that we faced, but at the end of the day we won the game.

“It took us a lot longer last season to get off the mark, so it was pleasing and we got a great reaction from the boys.

“They know we didn’t really get going against Locos. We played some good stuff, but we huffed and puffed a wee bit, and on Saturday I was delighted with every single one of them.”

Macdonald, though, also highlighted some areas where he believes Clach can do better going forward.

“Our ball retention could be better, there were times in the second half where we rushed things and we didn’t need to,” he reasoned.

“That’s something we pride ourselves on, keeping the ball and doing things quickly.

“That comes with games, that’s not a criticism of the boys. They know themselves that that’s something we need to improve on in the weeks ahead, and we will.

“When we did it in the first half against Huntly, we cut through them with no problems. It’s just about doing it consistently, because when we do we’re very hard to deal with.”

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