Strathspey Thistle manager Brian Grant believes a win for his side against Huntly at Seafield Park today could be the springboard to eventually overhaul the Christie Park men.
The Grantown club has four games in hand on the Black and Golds and Grant said: “It is a massive game for both clubs. Huntly are six points and two places ahead of us in the table in 15th, so if we are to have any chance of overhauling them a win is a must. Our goalkeeper, Stevie Dunn, watched Huntly’s 1-1 home draw against Keith on Wednesday and we went through one or two things at training last night.”
Strathspey midfielder Martin Groat, defender Jordan Wardrope and attacker Adam MacLeod, who will have a knee operation on April 9, have signed 12-month contract extensions.
Huntly manager, Gregg Carrol, said: “We scraped a draw against Keith on Wednesday night and hopefully we can go one better against Strathspey. We have Craig Dorrat suspended but midfielder, Murray McCulloch, comes back into the squad.”
Formartine United will try to build on the excellent 3-2 midweek win at Inverurie Locos when they head to Clach Park.
United centre forward, Cammy Keith, said: “It has been very much a transition season but it has been a little bit of a shambles over the last couple of weeks, but the players have stuck together. Our midfielder Stuart Anderson is doing a good job of holding the fort and it was good to get the midweek win at Locos.”
Fort William lost 3-2 to Clach in midweek and manager Calum MacLean is looking for an improved defensive performance against Fraserburgh at Claggan Park this afternoon.