Record-breaker Cammy Keith is targeting more goals when Keith host Deveronvale at Kynoch Park tonight.
Keith broke Derek Nicol’s all-time club scoring record at Buckie last weekend with a brilliantly taken hat-trick and he’s looking to add to those 203 strikes against the Vale.
The 30-year-old might have scored four but for the second week in a row he missed a penalty kick, but his third strike was also the Maroons’ 500th Highland League Cup goal, making him Keith’s top scorer, with 18 goals, in that competition as well.
Keith said: “I’m delighted to have beaten the record, and to have done it with a hat-trick against the reigning league champions away from home made it sweeter. But more importantly, it was a really good team performance from the lads all across the park and was a massive victory for us at a very difficult venue.
“I know that I’ve never been the most popular at Victoria Park and I came in for stick on Saturday with some banter back and forth.
“However I do want to mention all those Buckie Thistle fans, players and club officials who came up to me in the social club after the game to shake my hand and congratulate me on the hat-trick and achieving that goal record – I thought that was a really nice touch and a gesture I very much appreciated.
“Hopefully I can kick on from here as I’m in a decent bit of form with six goals in my last three games, it would be good to add to that on Wednesday.
“The lads played so well on Saturday, a result like that does wonders for everyone’s confidence so hopefully we can have a strong end to the season.”
Keith may have claimed his 12th hat-trick for the Maroons but he was frustrated not to score four.
He said: “I hadn’t missed a penalty kick since 2013 and I’ve scored many since then, so to have missed two in a row has been a bit of a shock to the system to say the least.
“I am pretty strong mentally to recover from these situations but I was so annoyed at missing again last Saturday that two minutes later I picked up the ball out wide and went on a solo run before firing home.
“I really wanted to make up for my penalty miss very quickly and thankfully I did but I definitely need to get back practising my penalties on the training ground again, and hopefully the next one might just go in.”
Deveronvale will be without striker Chris Blackhall and centre half Liam Forbes, both of whom have work commitments.