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Conor Gethins confident Clachnacuddin's goalscoring form is a sign Highland League side's form will turn imminently

By Alasdair Fraser

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Conor Gethins believes one victory could help Clach turn the corner as they work to add defensive stability to their goal threat.

The Lilywhites remain without a win in the league all season and face a resurgent Inverurie Locos at Grant Street Park tomorrow.

Zach Machpee (Clach) and Greig Morrison (Rothes). Picture: Callum Mackay
Zach Machpee (Clach) and Greig Morrison (Rothes). Picture: Callum Mackay

Clach ran high-flying Nairn County close at home, losing 1-0 a week past Wednesday, but shipped nine goals in two narrow defeats to Strathspey Thistle and Lossiemouth either side of it.

“The half-time scorelines are a real negative, but the real positive is we’re scoring goals,” Gethins stressed.

“If we were conceding, but not scoring I’d be worried, but over two second half performances in the last three games we’ve scored seven goals.

“We’ve got the firepower, we just need to tweak it at the back on the defensive side, with the midfielders helping out – and not panic, as such, which we have done in certain games.

“I think some of it is just bad luck – bad luck and bad game management.

“The boys know they’re good enough. We’ve shown it in second half performances and we showed it against Nairn County last week.

“There wasn’t a huge gulf or difference at all. We could have had something from the game if our decision-making was better in the final third.

“I just think we need a win. They’re young kids learning.

“There’s a few old guys in there trying to help them on, but those older heads can only help them so far, then they have to look after themselves.

“We’ll see how we go on Saturday.

“We have beaten Inverurie Locos already, in the Scottish Cup – our only win – so the boys know they can beat them.

“Now Dean Donaldson is in charge, Locos will have a completely different mindset. They’ve had a few good results recently, so it will be a tough game.”

Locos’ experience, suddenly winning three games after a difficult start, is evidence of how quickly fortunes can change.

“There’s not a huge difference in points at the bottom, but we’ve a big five weeks coming up,” Gethins said.

“We’ve a tough five games, but there are a few games we can potentially go and do something in. We just need to manage this one on Saturday and then the Buckie game takes care of itself.”

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