Forres Thistle's Brandon Hutcheson hopes Forres Thistle can stay in the title race after 4-0 win over New Elgin
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HAT-TRICK hero Brandon Hutcheson hopes his goals can help Forres Thistle stay in the title chase in North Junior Division Two.
Hutcheson, who has been playing right-back, netted three at New Elgin on Saturday, helping the Jags on their way to a convincing 4-0 victory.
Neil Moir grabbed the fourth, with Ross Paterson also missing a penalty.
Thistle are now eight points behind league leaders Rothie Rovers, with a game in hand, and Hutcheson hopes they can keep themselves in the title race over winter.
The 24-year-old said: “It’s a case of every game is more important than the last at the moment.
“We want to keep our place in second and chase down first place before the Christmas holidays. It’s certainly possible. We’ve got a great squad of local boys, we are getting 18 at training and are having to leave some out on match days.”
Hutcheson’s hat-trick on Saturday takes him to nine goals for the season – with six of those being headers.
He added: “We seemed to be getting a lot of joy from crosses on Saturday – I scored two headers from corners in the first half and the second was a cross again, which I hit into the floor and in.
“The past few full seasons I’ve always scored above 10 and hopefully I’ll beat that this year and reach 15.
“At the minute, though, I’m playing right-back and I’m enjoying that. Our defensive record is the best in the league and we’re getting goals as well.”
Forres Thistle are away to Newmachar this weekend, who are a point behind them in third.
Just a couple of weeks ago, the Jags defeated Newmachar 1-0 at Logie Park.
Hutcheson added: "The winner on Saturday will be second so it's a big game.
"Hopefully we can get another one over them."