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Clachnacuddin Women speak about objectives for Highlands and Islands League season

By Will Clark

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Rebecca Smith. Picture: James Mackenzie.
Rebecca Smith. Picture: James Mackenzie.

CLACHNACUDDIN Women manager Liam Paterson says his team are looking to make a big impression in the Highlands and Islands League as he is at the start of a rebuilding job with the squad.

After an impressive start to the campaign with a 4-1 win over Nairn St Ninian, they lost 4-1 to Caithness at Grant Street Park on Sunday.

Donna Majilton put Caithness 2-0 up after 18 minutes with Sophie Kinghorn and Carly Erridge putting the visitors 4-0 up in the second half.

Mhairi Stewart pulled one back for Clachnacuddin with seven minutes remaining.

Samantha Macintyre. Picture: James Mackenzie.
Samantha Macintyre. Picture: James Mackenzie.

Despite the defeat, Paterson says there are a lot of positives to take into the rest of the season.

“Our target this season is to get the girls playing football,” he said.

“Obviously we want to challenge for titles, as we won the first league in 2019.

“We want to get back to that, but these things take time. Some of the girls here are new and our main objective is to just enjoy playing football. The players are getting used to my style of play and we are building on things.

“This season is the start of a new beginning and we are looking to build on our results. This season is a learning curve for us.”

Kayla Mairi. Picture: James Mackenzie.
Kayla Mairi. Picture: James Mackenzie.

Nairn St Ninian held Ross County Development to a 3-3 draw.

Saints took the lead in the 61st minute through Kat Buckle.

But Ross County stormed into a 3-1 lead through goals from Laura MacIver, Rachel Blackhurst and Beth Macdonald.

But Nairn St Ninian fought back to level the game with goals from Isla Campbell and Emma McCarthy making it 3-3.

In the other match on Sunday, Sutherland defeated Ross and Cromarty 6-1 in North Kessock.

Bethany Sutherland scored a hat-trick with Rhiann Sutherland, Franci Hutchison and Elysia Rattue-Young scoring. Jayne Morrison grabbed a consolation for Ross and Cromarty.

Donna Majilton. Picture: James Mackenzie.
Donna Majilton. Picture: James Mackenzie.

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