Rothes make quick work of Thistle

Rothes manager Steven MacDonald

Rothes romped to an emphatic victory thanks to two goals in the first seven minutes against Strathspey Thistle.

The victory ensured that Rothes retained 10th place in the table but more importantly the three points took the Mackessack Park club to 27 points, surpassing last term’s tally of 26, just halfway through this season.

Rothes manager Steven MacDonald was understandably delighted with a polished performance and a clean sheet, when he said: “It was a good win and the goals were shared around which is equally pleasing, as was keeping a clean sheet at the other end.

“It was slightly different game for us as in recent weeks we’ve been playing a lot of the teams up at the top of the table, but we knew that against Strathspey Thistle we were going to have more of the ball and we told the players before the game that we had to have the right attitude.

“With Darren McConnachie unavailable Robbie Donaldson came into goal against his old club and he did well. The two early goals helped us to kill the game right at the start and that made it a lot easier for us.”

In the fifth minute Jags’ Richard Finnis sliced a Daniel Moore cross into his own net to give Rothes the lead and two minutes later Jaime Wilson added another from a Dale Gillespie feed. Moore’s 18-yarder gave Rothes a 3-0 interval lead and Scot Davidson added to that from the penalty spot just after the break when Stephen Rennie was upended in the box before Rennie completed the scoring.