Game: Inverness Athletic FC v St Duthus FC (League)
Date: Saturday, December 3rd, 2016
Kick-off: 12pm (noon)
Venue: Pavilion Park, Muir of Ord
THE SAINTS will aim to carry forward the momentum gained following their impressive comeback away to Lossiemouth on Wednesday night, as they visit Pavilion Park at Muir of Ord to play Inverness Athletic for what will be their ninth league match of the season.
St Duthus will hope to welcome back to the squad messrs Will Ross (recovering from illness), Garry Macleod (back from suspension) and Graham Noble, who each missed the midweek trip to Grant Park. The manager will look forward to having a near full squad to pick from for the game, with only a small absentee list to deal with mostly due to work commitments. Looking ahead to the match, Stuart is acutely aware of the task at hand.
"The second half performance against Lossiemouth is what we shall look to build upon. In Inverness, we expect a different proposition to what we faced last time around in Tain, and I'm sure Tommy Wilson and his boys will be looking at the table and seeing this as an opportunity to starting climbing it. We are looking to maintain the good work that was put in at a tricky location at Grant Park in Lossie. The response from the boys after going 0-2 down at half time was tremendous and if we can show that same spirit again, we will do well."
The first few months of the season have been frought with revolution at Inverness. Now a team with a different manager, a different ground and a different group of a players, they will bear little resemblance to the side who lost 4-2 to the Saints at the Links in September. The new man in charge, Tommy Wilson, is a Muir of Ord native and has already made his mark with a 1-1 draw against Thurso on the artificial surface at Dingwall a fortnight ago.
For the Saints, it is chance to open up some daylight between themselves and the bottom of the league as we move into the second half of the season. A proverbial "six pointer", a win for either side could change the complexion of their league standings considerably.