All games in title defense now ‘compulsory’ for Brora Rangers, says manager Craig Campbell


BRORA Rangers manager Craig Campbell admitted today’s clash against Buckie Thistle was a must, as were all of their remaining games to defend their Highland League crown.

Buckie Thistle’s Sam Urquhart and Brora Rangers’ Millar Gamble battle for the ball. ..Brora Rangers FC (2) v Buckie Thistle FC (2) – Buckie win 4-3 on penalties – Highland League Cup Semi-Final – Dudgeon Park, Brora 18/10/2020… Photo: Daniel Forsyth.

The Cattachs suffered a blow in their title challenge last weekend when they suffered a 2-0 loss to Brechin City at Dudgeon Park.

The defeat left Brora Rangers in fifth place, nine points behind league leaders Fraserburgh with 14 games remaining this season.

Manager Craig Campbell says there is still plenty of football to be played this season but admits their clash at Victoria Park is one game they cannot afford to fall behind any longer.

“These are all must wins and all we can do is focus on ourselves and see what happens elsewhere,” Campbell admitted.

“It’s important that we bounce back from a poor result on Saturday and I’m waiting for a reaction.

“I hope we can perform better.”

Ewan Loudon proved to be the difference at Dudgeon Park last week as his goals either side of half-time gave Brechin City all three points.

Campbell says it was a poor performance by his team, leaving them to need favors elsewhere to get back into title contention.

“I can’t fault the effort of the boys, the conditions were tough but it was the same for both teams,” he said.

“They handled the conditions better than us and we didn’t create enough chances and didn’t put enough pressure on them when I thought we could have in the second half.

“But it didn’t happen that way.”

Despite being nine points behind with 14 games to go, this is the closest Highland League title chase in years.

Campbell says they will keep fighting until the end of the season and will not give up their defense of the Highland League crown easily.

“There’s still a lot of football to play and football can be unpredictable at times,” he said.

“Fraserburgh are obviously in a strong position, but we will continue to focus on ourselves and see where we end up.”

Brora is still without Millar Gamble and James Wallace who have long-term injuries with a few doubting players as well.

Leaders Fraserburgh will be looking to at least maintain their six-point lead when they host Wick Academy. Brechin City hosts County Nairn, while Inverurie faces Fort William. Rothes hosts Strathspey, while Huntly takes on Formartine, Deveronvale plays Clachnacuddin, Keith takes on Lossiemouth and Turriff takes on Forres.

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