Match Preview: St Duthus v Orkney

Game: St Duthus FC vs Orkney FC (Macleod & MacCallum North Caledonian League)
Saturday, September 29th, 2018
The Links Playing Fields, Tain
John Nicolson
Assistant referees:

THE Saints are back at the Links for a second successive weekend as they welcome reigning league champions Orkney tomorrow.

The tough games just keep coming but St Duthus will be looking towards this game as a chance to turn the corner and put their recent form behind them. First and foremost, they will be looking to bounce back from last weekend's 3-0 loss to Inverness, and while the prospect of taking on the current Macleod & MacCallum North Caledonian League champions is a daunting one - a lookback at recent seasons will offer plenty of reminders that teams always have a chance of taking points in these types of games, whether they are the favourite or the underdog.

Despite the team's results so far this season, Saints manager Stuart Ross has remained in positive mood all week, and has confidence in his side's chances tomorrow.

"Last weekend didn’t go the way we had wanted it to but we must look to today’s game as our first step in terms of learning from the mistakes made in our games thus far. For the first time this campaign, we can go into a game saying we have a good sized squad available, albeit with some absences still to contend with due to injury and work. Training was very well attended during the week, and on the back of that we welcome Buddha (Barry Kenny) into the squad for the first time this campaign. We’re pleased to have Rory Patience back in contention also, along with Robbie Murray, and it is of course a big boost to have our captain Cammy Mackintosh available once again. Past games between ourselves and Orkney have always been very close and fiercely contested, and while we expect the same again tomorrow, they are champions for a reason so we'll need to be at our best to get a result."

Orkney have been without star player Thorfinn Stout so far this season and in their first few games have rotated a number of players. Having played just one game in the league so far, they have only one point on the board which came as a result of a 2-2 draw with Thurso - and the same side accounted for them by 5 goals to 2 in the Football Times Cup last weekend. By their own standards, they have yet to hit their stride.

Tomorrow's game kicks off at the earlier time of 12.45pm to allow for the visiting team's travel time. Tea, coffee, hot food and pies (made by Sweet Celebrations) will be on sale along with our match programme.

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