The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - THE SCORE -

Strath­spey This­tle man­ager Gor­don Ni­col­son praised his play­ers af­ter they came from be­hind to beat Clach 4-1 in Gran­town in a pre­lim­i­nary round of the High­land League Cup.

Michael Fin­nis gave Clach the lead from the penalty spot be­fore Liam Tay­lor re­stored par­ity.

James McShane con­verted from the penalty spot to put the Jags in front be­fore sec­ond­half strikes from Craig Macmil­lan and James Fraser put the re­sult be­yond doubt.

Ni­col­son, whose side will face For­res Me­chan­ics at home in the first round, said: “It was very pleas­ing af­ter the re­sult last week (a 7-1 de­feat at Keith).

“We re­ally needed to bounce back strongly.

“Games against Clach tend to be pretty close af­fairs.

“This was com­pet­i­tive but it was good to get back to win­ning ways.

“We have lost a few games re­cently by nar­row mar­gins and we had played well.

“But that made the game against Keith even tougher to take as the play­ers have been fan­tas­tic.

“The boys showed their char­ac­ter be­cause we went a goal down.

“I thought af­ter the first 25 min­utes, we were pretty con­vinc­ing.

“The whole team played great.

“I was re­ally pleased for young Liam Tay­lor as he worked re­ally hard and got his re­ward with the equaliser.

“From the goal­keeper right through it was a pretty ac­com­plished per­for­mance.

“We wanted to make it through to the next round so it was pleas­ing to achieve that.

“We face For­res in the next round which we know will be tough but it is a game to look for­ward to.”

Be­fore then, Ni­col­son’s side make the jour­ney to Harmsworth Park on Wed­nes­day night to face a Wick Academy side that will be in con­fi­dent mood af­ter their 1-0 suc­cess at In­verurie Locos on Satur­day.

The Strath­spey man­ager added: “Wick are a good side.”

Gor­don Ni­col­son

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