Saturday’s 3-1 defeat to Fraserburgh saw winger Neale Davidson make an incredible run of starting appearances for the club.

Davidson (22) initially debuted as a trialist featuring 7 times back in 2010/11 before signing from Lewis United in May 2011. Since the opening day of the 2011/12, the same day he scored his first goal for the club he has started the past 100 competitive matches for the Christie Park club and speaking after Saturday’s game he was proud to achieve such a remarkable feat.

“It’s a good feeling; I knew I was getting close to one hundred straight games having not missed a game since I signed for the club. I’ve been lucky to stay injury free during my time at the club and have always kept myself fit and I’m pleased with the amount of trust that Dave McGinlay and Jim Cheyne have in me to keep playing me every week and I hope I can continue playing every game for as long as I can.

It’s very rare you hear of someone at our level of football in the Highland League so able to be fit and available and not missing due to work or other reasons for a whole season let alone one hundred games.”

Neale has adapted well since stepping up from the juniors two years ago and last season he won the fan’s player and young player of the year award. Having tasted individual glory, the young teacher is pleased with his career so far.

“For the first six months at the club I thought it’d take a while to bed myself in but after playing the same position every week and getting to know the players around me I found I was gaining a lot of experience early on. I’ve been lucky at the same time as there’s not been many natural left footed players competing for a place on the left wing but even early on when I was playing at Lewis United I was getting a regular game in the junior leagues and that helped prepare me for stepping up with Huntly.”

Neale’s father, Ian Davidson is Assistant Manager at Lewis United and the pair even faced each other during a pre-season friendly back in July and was a big help to Neale starting out in the game but since moving to Huntly he has learnt a lot from the club’s Assistant manager Jim Cheyne who played the same position down the left during his time in the Highland League with the likes of Peterhead, Cove Rangers and Lossiemouth and also down south with Peterborough United.

“Jim has been great with me, he provides a lot of advice both on a matchday and in training and having someone experience like him has helped a lot. It’s not only Jim but the other coaches have helped me in my development also, Mark Gray has been tremendous this season, he’s played the game so long and since moving onto the coaching staff his knowledge of the game has helped a number of us including me when I’ve had to play at full back. I have to go a lot of thanks to the coaching staff for the past couple of season for all the help they’ve given me.”

Saturday’s defeat to Fraserburgh now means the black and gold’s have failed to win their last three home league fixtures but Davidson admitted the result gave him mixed feelings following the final whistle.

“It was disappointing not to get a result on the same day I was made this personal milestone. We usually do well against Fraserburgh at home and the timing of the goals were unfortunate and we know ourselves the performance could’ve been better and it wasn’t until the last ten minutes when we started getting the ball down and getting a goal back.”

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