Jags Given A Good Workout By Grantown by Easton Thain
In order to keep the match fitness levels up the Jags took on North Junior Division 1 (West) side Grantown on the Astroturf by Victoria Park in a game that took the form of three 30-minute periods. Grantown are the new ‘kids’ on the junior scene and have been impressing many so it was going to be a good test for a mixed Thistle combine which featured some juniors, lads on loan and the odd guest in the closed door encounter. All the players featured in the match and a few caught the eye none more so than Kevin Fraser from Inverness. Darren Wood was impressive in defence whilst Drew Copeland, Craig MacMillan and Robert Scott also stood out. In the opening 30 minute period the Jags found the juniors a real conundrum which they could not crack. The visitors, actually based in Nethybridge near Grantown, posed a lot of problems for Thistle who could not quite get into their rhythm and the play was evenly spread throughout that period. This continued into the second period but the changes made by Graeme Stewart to the team for this began to take affect and the jags began to pose a real threat. Kevin Fraser was unlucky to see an effort cleared off the line and then, after fine play, Robert Scott crashed in a stupendous drive only to see it crash off the woodwork. It was in the final period that Thistle really stamped their authority on proceedings and a deserved lead came when Iain MacRae played a ball through that was worked out to Harry Noble, his shot really became a cross and there was Kevin Fraser to turn it home. After a couple of more chances the lead was doubled in glorious fashion as club skipper Lewis MacKinnon crashed home a stunning free-kick from about 40 yards out. That was the killer goal and the Jags were in control from then on although Grantown were unlucky not to get a penalty. Goal number three was another spectacular effort when Scott Adams stepped up and hit home a wonderful free-kick from 25 yard right into the top corner of the net. The final goal was another of note as Craig MacMillan sent through a superb pass to Robert Scott who homed in on goal before crashing home a thunderous 20-yard strike. A grand workout for the Jags and should the game against Strathspey Thistle fall victim to the weather then they may try and arrange something similar.
The Jags team featured – Aaron Sherman, Shaun Wood, Liam Cheyne, Iain MacRae, Darren Wood, Kyle Gauld, Jay Cheyne, Kevin Fraser, Drew Copeland, Andy Low, Harry Noble, Craig MacMillan and Robert Scott