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McLeod warns of long road ahead as Clachnacuddin kids progress

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SANDY McLeod is urging patience as beleaguered Clachnacuddin try to weather the storm amid a tough run of matches.

Shaun Sutherland (left) in action for Clachnacuddin on Wednesday night.
Shaun Sutherland (left) in action for Clachnacuddin on Wednesday night.

The Lilywhites manager knows there are no easy answers for the Merkinch club as it places faith in youth against strong and seasoned rivals with much bigger budgets.

The former title-winning Clach skipper’s hero status doesn’t shield him from criticism from the terraces and on social media despite the harsh realities and scale of task in revitalising a club with scant spending power.

Promising results against the likes of Nairn County and Buckie Thistle have given way a string of setbacks including a 7-0 Scottish Cup thumping from Brora Rangers and last Saturday’s 4-1 beating by Strathspey Thistle.

Ahead of last night’s rematch with Brora, McLeod said: “There is no easy game where we are at the moment.

“Mistakes are crucifying us. At the weekend, we looked fine for 20 minutes, went 1-0 up and then it goes pear-shaped.

It is very frustrating. The top teams in this league have very few weak links.

It is hard with so many young boys in the squad.

They have real potential.

“But in the Highland League you’ve got to take care of yourself and be really strong.

“It is a learning curve.

“We know it is going to be a long haul. What is really important is we all stick together and eventually we will turn the corner.

“We have a mix of very young lads and much older players, with nothing really in terms of players at their prime. Everyone has their opinions and you try not to read or listen to too many comments.

“I have been trying to get players in but that’s difficult. Given where we’re at right now, boys don’t want to come.”

Hosts Inverurie, under new manager Andy Low, look capable of remaining part of the title-chasing pack.

McLeod is braced for another torrid 90 minutes, adding: “If we can get anything at all away to Locos it will be a bonus, but what we want is fewer mistakes and be much harder to break down.”

McLeod has loanee Steven Ross available and hopes centre half Martin MacDonald will be back.

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