IN THE NEWS | Craig thrilled by Highland League win at Nairn County

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DEVERONVALE picked up an invaluable three points after a hard-fought 2-0 win against Nairn County at Station Park on Saturday.

Dane Ballard’s first competitive goal since 2018 was added to by a superb effort from Robert Scott to seal the victory – which is the first of manager Craig Stewart’s reign.

Stewart was delighted to get off the mark, especially with a tricky-looking run of fixtures in the next couple of weeks.

“It was a big three points and big performance,” he said. “I thought we worked really hard and thoroughly deserved to win.

“The lads at the back defended well when we needed to and we were a threat going forward.

“The Brora performance wasn’t bad, but we kept the ball a lot better and created a lot more chances on Saturday.

“There were a few doubters before the match, but we had a go at it and it paid off.

“It was fine to get my first three points on the board as manager, but it was important for the group of players, with the start we have got, to get something on Saturday.

“We hope this can be a confidence builder.”

Dane Ballard’s opening goal marked his return to scoring after a long injury lay-off was followed up by a coronavirus-enforced break in Highland League action.

Stewart always had full faith in the ability of his striker.