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Lossiemouth go from top to bottom of Highland League by hosting Strathspey Thistle after Brechin City defeat

By Jonathan Clark

LOSSIEMOUTH will go from the top to the bottom of the Highland League in a week when they host Strathspey Thistle on Saturday.

The bottom-boys are the visitors to Grant Park on Saturday, as Lossiemouth aim to pick up three points after a 2-0 defeat at league leaders Brechin City on Saturday.

The Coasters competed well in that defeat against the leaders, getting to half-time at 0-0 before goals from Jamie Richardson and Danny Handling gave the hosts all three points.

Coach Ian Campbell praised his side's performance. He said: "We shouldn't be pleased with a defeat but with the quality of the squad they have, we frustrated them.

Lossiemouth's Ian Campbell. Picture: Daniel Forsyth
Lossiemouth's Ian Campbell. Picture: Daniel Forsyth

"We wanted to keep it tight for the first 10 or 15 minutes of the second half but they scored straight off the kick-off.

"The avalanche of goals didn't come as they would have expected. The boys worked their socks off and put in a brilliant shift.

"If you listen to Gavin Price (Brechin manager)'s interview they knew they were in a game."

Not only did Lossie compete valiantly, they also gave youth a chance – with just five substitutes having travelled to Glebe Park.

Cameron Leil, aged just 16 and two months, made his Coasters debut, while fellow youngster Noah Murray was also given minutes off the bench.

Lossie will have Elgin City loanees Aidan Cruickshank and Dylan Lawrence back for Saturday's match against Strathspey, along with Ryan Farquhar.

Campbell added: "It was great to give those boys some minutes – we are still very much youth focused.

"The boys on loan from Elgin are bright, good young lads and have fitted in really well and are enjoying it.

"That's two games now – one up and one down – so hopefully it will be another up this weekend.

"Every game is tough and we can't afford to be complacent. The boys are looking forward to it and will be up for the game.

"Strathspey have some good players and will be looking at it as three points they can gain. We'll be looking for the same work rate agaim."

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