Well it was back to earth with a big bump on Saturday afternoon as Huntly, after winning 1-0 against Buckie Thistle the previous week, suffered a heavy 8-0 defeat at the hands of Highland League Champions Brora Rangers – who really are a class above the rest in the Highland League.
I believe, should they win the league and the subsequent Playoff Final match at the end of this season, they will be able to hold their own against the other teams after leaving the Highland League.
I found myself at Celtic Park on Friday night to see Scotland beat Republic of Ireland 1-0 In a Euro 2016 Qualifier thanks to a wonder goal by Shaun Maloney, could this be the time we qualify for a major tournament since 1998?
We are certainly on the way to achieving this !! I’m back down on Tuesday to see Scotland take on Auld Enemy at Celtic Park again in a “friendly”, if you can call it that.
It would be brilliant if we could get another win under our belt ! Gordon Strachan has certainly installed belief into the team and the famous tartan army.
The first ever Scotland match I attended was last year and that was the England match at Wembley Stadium, London. Even though we lost that the night 3-2, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of being in amongst the Tartan Army in the famous setting of Trafalgar Square.
With banter aplenty between the Scots and the English, the atmosphere was all good natured and no signs of crowd trouble anywhere. We even had the time to put fairy liquid in the fountains.
Now back to Huntly, this match against Brora Rangers was subject to an 8am inspection due to the heavy rain the previous 24hrs and it was game ON, perhaps it would have been best in hindsight if it was cancelled.
We did create a number of chances but In the end the superior talent and depth of experience the Brora Rangers team has shone through and in the end it was a comfortable win for the Cattachs who I predict, as will many pundits, retain their Highland League crown at the end of the 2014/15 season.
Up next for the Black & Gold’s is a visit of Fraserburgh on Wednesday night in an Aberdeenshire Shield tie in what I imagine will be a tough and bruising encounter then it’s off to the coast on Saturday to Lossiemouth in League business.
All I can say is’ roll on the end of the season’ – its been disastrous for us in terms of our current league position and results, without a shadow of a doubt changes will need to be made before we start our Highland League 2015/16 campaign.