Published: 06/07/2017 09:30 - Updated: 06/07/2017 08:03

Amateurs can cut it at Clach - boss Iain Polworth

Written byPaul Chalk

 

Clach trialist keeper Paul MacLennan, who replaced John Campbell against St Mirren, comes out to save this chance from Cammy Smith.
Clach trialist keeper Paul MacLennan, who replaced John Campbell against St Mirren, comes out to save this chance from Cammy Smith.
CLACH boss Iain Polworth says his club will not be paying over the odds for Highland League players when there is plenty of local talent in the amateur ranks.


The Lilywhites recruited for Nairn County defender Sean Webb from Huntly this summer and are set to add Fort William keeper and Merkincher Dougie MacLennan just days after number one John Campbell suffered a groin injury in the 5-0 friendly loss against Championship visitors St Mirren on Friday.

MacLennan’s move was on the cards before the Campbell’s clearance resulted in a groin pull which puts him on the sidelines.

However, Polworth explained that he’s running the rule over several trialists who are plying their trade at amateur level.

He said: "I’m still not happy with the balance of the squad right now. We have players to come in defensively like Matty Grant, who is away on holiday, maybe Bobo (Martin Macdonald) might come in and Ryan Mackintosh was away last week, so we have these guys to come in.

"We are lacking something up top though and in the wide areas, where we need a bit of pace to offer us something different. We need to bide our time because we won’t be playing the inflated prices for players in the Highland League. We’d rather go to the amateur ranks and give boys chances."

The 5-0 win for Jack Ross’s impressive Buddies on Friday was harsh on Clach who put a lot into the game and it was only 1-0 at the break.

Tonight (Thursday), Paul Sheerin’s Aberdeen Development team come to Grant Street and Polworth said: "It doesn’t get any easier with Aberdeen under-20s, but we want that, a lot of hard games. We want to test ourselves and get up to speed. The St Mirren game was all about that and they passed and move the ball well and we have to try and match that.

"The St Mirren match was a really good test in the first half especially. We kept a bit of shape and limited their opportunities. Obviously, being a full-time out fit they are fitter than us and they took on a full new team just a couple of days after us having a game against Caley Thistle. We were asking the same boys to go again, but I thought we gave a good account of ourselves."

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