Game: Halkirk United vs St. Duthus (Macleod & MacCallum NCL)
Date: Saturday, September 21st, 2019
Venue: Morrison Park, Halkirk
Weather: Sunny (16°)
Referee: Graham John (Caithness)
Assistant referees: Stephen Tait & Stewart Ross
It's back to league business for St. Duthus, but against familiar opposition, as they play Halkirk United for a second week in a row - this time away from home.
Injuries, work and absence have wreaked havoc with Saints' team selection for this one, which will likely prompt the inclusion of trialists for the game. With several players facing late fitness tests, team selection will likely be a last minute decision.
Having lost their league opener to Thurso a fortnight ago, St. Duthus will be looking at this game as an opportunity to get off the mark by winning their first three points of the season -- and a repeat of last week's win would be the ideal way to do it. Saints had the better of the teams' outing last weekend in the Jock Mackay Cup, winning comfortably by 4 goals to 1 in windy conditions in Tain - but the manager Stuart Ross is very much aware that it'll be an altogether different affair this time around.
Listen to the manager's pre-match thoughts below.
The game kicks off at 2.30pm at Halkirk's Morrison Park.