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WATCH: Interview with Elgin City manager Allan Hale who sees room for improvement for a new-look Black and Whites and looks ahead to Premier Sports Cup clash with Hibernian

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Elgin City manager Allan Hale says there’s still work to be done with his new-look squad despite four wins out of four in pre-season.

Elgin City manager Allan Hale. Picture: Daniel Forsyth
Elgin City manager Allan Hale. Picture: Daniel Forsyth

Hale returned from holiday to see his men defeat Buckie Thistle 2-0 for Shaun Wood’s testimonial match on Saturday.

Watch post-match interview below.

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Returning striker Dajon Golding

Former Buckie defender Jack Murray

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City also beat Keith 4-2, Inverurie Locos 3-1 and Forres Mechanics 5-2 in their warm-up matches to prepare for the 2024-25 season.

Hale spoke about new signing Dajon Golding’s two-goal performance in the Buckie win, adding to a hat-trick at Forres in midweek.

He spoke about his six new signings so far, and looked ahead to Saturday’s first competitive match when City host Premiership big guns Hibernian in the group stages of the Premier Sports Cup.

City, with former St Mirren and Stranraer defender Kyle Girvan playing as a trialist, didn’t get things all their own way against the Highland League champions.

Buckie had a penalty claim rejected by ref Harry Bruce when Andy MacAskill went down under a Jake Dolzanski challenge, while ex-City man Josh Peters brought the best out of visiting keeper Tom McHale.

Elgin’s first glimpse of goal saw Golding fire against the post, but the ex-Cove striker opened the scoring on 42 minutes when he dribbled through from outside the box and netted from the corner of the six yard box.

Golding slammed in his second, again after good footwork on 50 minutes and was inches away from a second consecutive hat-trick for the Black and Whites when he nodded just wide.

Jack MacIver’s powerful 25-yard blast just over was the closest Buckie came to scoring in the second half.

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