Match Preview: Thurso v St Duthus

Game: Thurso FC v St Duthus FC (North Caledonian League)
Saturday, February 23rd, 2019
Sir George's Park, Thurso
Weather: Cloudy (10°)
Referee: Graham John
Assistant referees:
Graham Elder and Paul Reid

GETTING back to league business, St Duthus travel North tomorrow to meet Thurso in a match that is now on its third scheduled date, following two previous postponements due to unsuitable weather.

The game presents Saints with the opportunity to increase their points accumulated for the season in the North Caledonian League and to surpass the club’s best tally since 2002. St Duthus will also be hoping they can overcome the Vikings for a second week in succession to keep hold of the head to head bragging rights between the sides for 2018-19.

The task will be no easy one with several key players missing. Captain Cammy Mackintosh, defenders Will Ross and Charlie MacDonald and midfield man Ross Tokely are just some of the names on a lengthy absentee list. The game will however present Stuart Ross with the opportunity to involve a handful of worthy graduates from this season’s Highland League U17 squad.

Speaking today the manager said,

“It’s always good to travel up to Thurso as they look after us so well and it’s one we look forward to. As far as the football goes, we have to be looking to repeat what worked for us last week in Tain. Pressing the game, high intensity and moving the ball quickly.”

“We are thin on the ground and there are a lot of bodies missing, but I am delighted that we have the opportunity today to take some of the club’s U17 players who have trained with us lately up for the experience, the first graduates of many in the future. It was always our aim to create a pathway for youngsters to play their way through the age groups and eventually advance into the first team and it’s great to see signs already that this is coming to fruition.”

The teams last met just one week ago in the Quarter Final of the Jock Mackay Memorial Cup and on that day the Saints won 3-1 on the day. With several changes in the team though, we can expect an all together different game in Thurso as the Vikings look to make the most of their home advantage.

The game kicks off at “The Dammies” tomorrow (Saturday) at 1.30pm.

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