Game: St Duthus FC v Invergordon FC (League)
Date: Saturday, January 14th, 2017
Venue: The Links Playing Fields, Tain
Referee: John Nicolson
Assistants: Andrew Bannerman & Callum McCruden
SEVENTY SEVEN days have passed since the Saints last played on the Links. Tomorrow, they will welcome the league leaders and their nearest rivals Invergordon FC to a wintery setting at the Links.
Saints manager Stuart Ross is pleased to report an injury free squad for the game, although missing out now for the long term will be Alan Davis and Liam Rostock, both travelling abroad, while Lewis Ross remains offshore due to work commitments. Stuart has every reason to be optimistic though, following the Saints great "on the road" form which brought an end to 2016.
We’ve tried to keep things moving over the holiday period with a couple of bounce games and training sessions, and the whole squad is looking good and raring to go. There is a renewed determination about them and they are taking a great deal in pride in their approach to games. This has been no more evident than during November and December, when we went on a four match winning streak away from home.
They have shown great application and are battling for each other on the park. The ambition this club has shown in its first year back is showing on the pitch and can be seen in the way the boys play, by displaying willingness and character to go to difficult venues and win. We hope now that this will translate here in Tain, back on our own turf, beginning on Saturday.
For Invergordon, they will be looking to start their campaign again having last played competitively over a month ago, beating Thurso 4-1 at the Dammies. They sit at the top of the North Caledonian League with 22 points from 8 games, having dropped just two points along the way - against the Saints on the opening day of the season. In fact, St Duthus remain the only team to hold Invergordon this season, in any fixture.
Weather wise, the snow has certainly been falling but the resilient surface at the Links and it's location by the sea has ensured that only a light covering of slush remains following last night's showers. The fingers will remain crossed that Jack Frost stays away overnight and that the pitch remains playable.
A pitch inspection will be carried out at 9.30am tomorrow.