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Brora Rangers player-assistant manager Josh Meekings says Cattachs want three wins out of three to leave fans full of festive cheer

By Alasdair Fraser

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Josh Meekings says Brora Rangers’ Christmas wish-list includes a hat-trick of wins in front of their home supporters.

Prior to the December 25 festivities, the Cattachs face Nairn County tomorrow then two more league matches at Dudgeon Park against Rothes and defending champions Brechin City.

Currently playing catch-up on their rivals, with just 11 games played compared to the 13 to 16 fulfilled by their top four rivals, the Brora squad and management have set the target of nine points from nine to re-ignite their title challenge.

Brora Rangers player-assistant Josh Meekings has revealed that the squad are looking to snap up nine points from nine at home before Christmas. Picture: Callum Mackay
Brora Rangers player-assistant Josh Meekings has revealed that the squad are looking to snap up nine points from nine at home before Christmas. Picture: Callum Mackay

Meekings is confident form is coming together powerfully at the perfect time in the season.

“I think we’ve been playing some very good football,” the former Caley Thistle defender said.

“We’ve had a lot of attacking threat and we’re seeing the hard work put in during training come good out there on the pitch now.

“The boys seem to be buying into what’s being asked of them and results have been good, apart from the 3-0 defeat to Ross County in the North of Scotland Cup which was actually quite tough on us.

“It has been a good few months and we haven’t lost in the league since the game down at Brechin back in August.

“We’ve had a couple of draws where it felt like two points dropped but, by and large, we can’t fault the lads.

“It is a big run-up into Christmas now.

“Our home record this season has been very good. We have scored a lot of goals in the cups and we’d like to do that a bit more in the league.

“We have discussed it. We’re not sure why that has been the case but hopefully the more we play and settle into what we do best, the more the goals will come.

“It is difficult for momentum sometimes, coming out of a cup game into a league game, but we have three in-a-row now at home – and we’re looking to pick up nine points.

“It’s important we pick up a lot of points and win every game into Christmas if we can. That’s the aim, and that’s what has been set out for the lads.

“It is not going to be an easy task, but it is one we are well and truly up for.”

With superb progress in the Scottish Cup and a Highland League Cup final against Fraserburgh still to be rearranged in the New Year, gaining momentum in the league has been tricky.

None of their rivals look immune to setbacks this season, though, and games in hand and a run of wins could propel Brora right back into the mix.

“It is back to league business, and that’s the biggest thing for us,” the 31-year-old said.

“We’re lagging behind on games played, but hopefully that’s when we draw on the strength in depth in our squad, hopefully to full effect.

“The biggest thing we’ve said this season is that we just need to concentrate on ourselves. We can’t affect what everyone else is doing, other than the team we’re playing on the day.

“If we’re doing the business on the pitch, we’ll start to see real progress in the league.

“Ally (MacDonald, manager) has been big on taking it game-by-game and making sure we’re doing things right, and we are – we’re starting to see that out on the pitch.”

Meekings, himself, is back in full training after injury and hopeful of an imminent return to first team action.

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