Game: St Duthus FC v Orkney FC (Macleod & MacCallum North Caledonian League)
Date: Saturday, December 2nd, 2017
Venue: The Links Playing Fields, Tain
Referee: Chris MacLeod
Assistant referees: TBC
ORKNEY make the trip south via the Pentland Firth to visit Tain for what will be the Saints' final home match of 2017. It will be the first time the sides have met since the Jock Mackay Cup Final at Invergordon in April.
The St Duthus squad were undeterred by the punishing temperatures on Wednesday night as they trained in good numbers at the Tain Royal Academy Community Complex. The manager was pleased to see Jon Campbell back at training following his ankle injury, although the midfielder remains a doubt for tomorrow. Adam MacDonald and Ewan Ross also remaining on the sidelines, while Martyn Farquhar misses out due to suspension.
Despite their recent run of defeats, St Duthus manager Stuart Ross is optimistic that the side's overall performances are improving.
The manner in which we went about our business against Invergordon was pleasing. The lads stuck to the gameplan and applied themselves really well, and I think overall we were really unlucky not to take anything from the game.
Orkney will be a similar prospect to Invergordon as they are also making a real challenge for the league title. We'll have to be at our best to take something, but I've every confidence we can.
Charlie Alway's Orkney side will be looking to get back into the top three with a win in Tain. The Orcadians have overcome their usual inconsistent traveling form this season by winning every game on the road thus far, most recently beating Inverness at Muir of Ord by 4 goals to nil.
A midday pitch inspection today highlighted no problems with the Links pitch, and it is expected that Orkney will make the crossing with Pentland Ferries without any issue tomorrow morning. The game kicks off at the earlier time of 12.45pm and supporters can be assured of a warm welcome as well as hot food and drinks served from tea hut from kick off.