Thistle ready for tough battle with Broch
4-3 triumph at Rothes. Nicolson is well aware of the task ahead but he has done his homework.
He said: “I went through to Aberdeen on Wednesday to watch Fraserburgh in their Aberdeenshire Shield semi-final at Banks o’ Dee.
“Opponents don’t really come much tougher than Fraserburgh, as they beat league leaders Cove Rangers 1-0 last weekend. They’re the only team to take any points off Cove this season.”
Broch boss Mark Cowie said: “Strathspey are one of the form teams at the moment and traditionally we tend to struggle up there. It’s going to be even tougher after beating Cove last week and we will have to raise our game even higher for this one.”
In today’s other league game Lossiemouth host Clachnacuddin in a basement battle with Clach in 16th spot, six points clear of Lossie.
Lossie manager Joe Russell said: “A victory would put us within touching distance of Clach so it’s a match we’re very much looking to win.”
Clach boss Brian MacLeod said: “We have both had a poor first half of the season so it’s an opportunity for us to pick up valuable points.” A spectacular strike from Jack Henry at the start of the second half earned Wick a place in the Semi Finals of the Highland League Cup at the expense of Forres Mechanics at Harmsworth Park.
The visitors threatened first when Robbie Duncanson’s shot brought a fine save from Sean McCarthy in the 11th minute.
Wick responded immediately and Marc Macgregor’s effort was blocked behind for a corner by Stuart Knight in the Forres goal.
Knight then produced two superb saves to firstly push a Ross Allan strike wide of the post, then tip Andy Hardwick’s powerful header over the crossbar from the resultant corner.
The home side continued to press for an opener and just beyond the half hour mark Jack Halliday’s lob came back off the post with Knight beaten and was cleared to safety.
Five minutes from the break Graham Fraser did brilliantly to head a Halliday drive off the line and keep the scores level at half-time.
Four minutes after the restart Wick deservedly took the lead when Jack Henry rifled home a halfvolley from fully 30 yards to open the scoring.
The visitors came close to levelling the scores in the 57 th minute, as Ross MacPherson’s header from a corner crept just wide of McCarthy’s left-hand post. Forres applied some late pressure, but Wick’s resolute defence kept them at bay and the home side held on for a deserved victory and a spot in the last four of the competition.