Happy New Year to everybody. I think most of us will agree that 2015 was not a good year on the pitch for Huntly Football Club but a New Year brings a new challenge and it is one which has already begun. I know for a fact that all of the players are determined to improve upon our results and performances over the last year and the early signs of progress under the new management team are positive.

Having played with our most recent signing Matthew McDonald previously, I think that he will provide the extra fire power which we have been missing. I hope that he enjoys his time at the club and settles well into the team. Today will be a big day for him facing up against his former club!

As is well documented in the press, the festive period is a difficult time for us 'athletes'. What is even more frustrating in the Highland League is all of the games which are postponed and training sessions which have to be re-scheduled or changed at the last minute. We have been unfortunate to have had games called off in recent weeks but we have been training hard and hopefully today will give us a good chance to get the New Year underway with 3 points.

Last time round against Keith was possibly one of our best performances of the season. All too often we have dominated large parts of matches but been unable to capitalise and finish teams off but at Kynoch Park we were clinical and proved to be worthy winners. I expect that today will be a completely different game as Keith appear to be a much improved team under their new manager Alan Hale.

I expect that it will be a physical match, most derbies are, but the pitch conditions are likely to prove difficult and I anticipate that it will not be a game of free flowing goals but one of limiting errors. Hopefully we are the team that makes fewer errors and starts the New Year in the way we wish to continue, with three points.

Enjoy the game

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Things are definitely on the up and we are going into today's game with confidence after a run of decent performances.…

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This is my first column since being appointed captain and I’m happy with Gregg’s decision, my team mates have been good with me and I like to get them going before a game and speak on and off the pitch. I’m proud to be named captain of Huntly as they are a big club.…

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The result against Turriff United last week was very disappointing following the huge improvement in performance the week before against Deveronvale. The first Turriff goal was a screamer and took the wind out of us when we had started the game well. We also had a good spell following Thoirs’ sending off but were hit twice on the break when we were outnumbered. We had decided to keep attacking when we went down to ten men and risk a heavier defeat. Unfortunately that's the way the match went and Turriff showed the importance of being ruthless when chances come along.


We are continuing to work hard in an attempt to turn the corner and that begins against Rothes. It would be great to perform at the same level as our last home match and carry some momentum into the semi-final at Inverurie on Wednesday night.

It is an uncertain time at the club at present but as players, we will continue to be professional and hopefully help build some positivity around the club for whoever gets the management position long term.

Enjoy the match,

Wicker

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It’s another game to look forward to at Christie Park with another of the title contenders coming to visit. We acquitted ourselves well last weekend but shot ourselves in the foot on a couple of occasions and we are all aware that if we are to push on as a team this is the area that we must improve upon.

It was great to have Russell Guild come back in to the team last week. I felt that for the first fifteen minutes that he came on and we reshuffled with myself going back to right back we were well on top and I think everyone in the ground was confident that we would go on to secure a result. It will be a real boost to the team to see Guildy get minutes under his belt and start dictating games for us again.…

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