Game: St Duthus FC v Halkirk United FC (North Caledonian League)
Date: Saturday, September 9th, 2017
Venue: The Links Playing Fields, Tain
Referee: John Nicolson
Assistant referees: Malcolm Macleod and Neil Grant
WEEK TWO of the Macleod & MacCallum North Caledonian League season will provide no easier an afternoon for the Saints as they welcome multi-time league winners Halkirk United to the Links in league action tomorrow.
Last week's perfect start to the season left manager Stuart Ross with plenty to be excited about ahead of tomorrow's match.
"I was absolutely delighted that we were able to secure three points against a very good Inverness side. We controlled the match in large spells, had numerous chances and I was really happy with the chances we created over and above the 2-1 scoreline. Really encouraging for the coming weeks."
St Duthus are still without the Lairg Rovers contingent as they chase the North West Sutherland title, and it is expected that St Duthus will have to rely on the use of a couple of trialists once again. Some good news however, is that they will welcome back Adam MacDonald and Cameron Mackintosh who returned to training on Wednesday.
Things didn't get off to that great a start for Halkirk in their home opener against Orkney, losing 5-1. Under new management following the departure of Michael Bremner during the summer, Halkirk are now being steered by former Wick Academy man Gordon MacDonald. A summer of change has seen a few come and go at Morrison Park, but one thing that can be assured is that the 'Anglers' will provide a stiff test for Stuart Ross and his men tomorrow, and he wont be taking any encouragement from the poor start of the Caithness side.
"It’s another home game for us, and one we’ll be approaching the same way we approach every game, with our full focus on the team facing us. Halkirk we know have undergone some changes during pre-season, but we know as ever that we’ll have to be at our best to achieve what we set out to do today and win. We expect Halkirk to be a decent side and one we’ll have to be at our best to beat."
Action from last season's St Duthus v Halkirk match at the Links, which ended 3-0 to the Saints.