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Clachnacuddin still looking on up as they prepare for Keith


By Will Clark


SANDY McLeod says he doesn’t look at the Highland League table, but Clachnacuddin could continue to move up it if they win at Keith tomorrow.

Clachnacuddin v Strathspey at Grant Street Park on the 23 November 2019..Shaun Sutherland trying to keep the ball..Picture: James MacKenzie..
Clachnacuddin v Strathspey at Grant Street Park on the 23 November 2019..Shaun Sutherland trying to keep the ball..Picture: James MacKenzie..

The Lilywhites could move to 13th if they can claim their third win of the season at Kynoch Park.

Clachnacuddin moved two places up to 14th when they won their second league game of the season with a 2–1 victory over Strathspey Thistle at Grant Street Park.

McLeod says he is uninterested in where his team currently lie in the table.

But he says it is vital that his team remain focused to ensure their good form continues and they carry on picking up points.

“Keith are probably above us but to be honest, I don’t even look at the table,” he said.

“Keith have had a few wins and it is definitely going to be a game which will be hard for us.

“We have only had two wins but hopefully this is something that we can kick on from now.”

McLeod says Clachnacuddin winning their second match of the season in the Highland League against Strathspey last week was an important moment for the club.

Goals from Martin Callum and Scott Graham gave Clach a 2–1 victory against the Grantown outfit at Merkinch.

McLeod, who also recorded his second league win since taking over as manager in August, said the importance of the win can’t be understated.

“It was a massive result for myself, the boys and for everyone at the club,” he said.

“We badly needed to get a win and the boys did really well.

“I thought we could have been out of sight at half time with the amount of chances that we had.

“We ended up holding on, but the only thing that matters is that we got there in the end.”

Graham, who signed from Buckie Thistle last week, scored the winner against Strathspey in the second half.

John Cameron, who also signed last week, impressed for Clachnacuddin too.

McLeod believes the experience of both players will prove vital as they are about to enter the second half of the campaign.

He said: “It was particularly pleasing for Scott to score.

“He knows he missed a few chances in the first half.

“But like all good strikers he knew that if he kept going the goal would come and got one in the end. It is helping having experience in the team.”



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