We start off with a match at King George V Park in Golspie to mark the new floodlights at Golspie's ground and Thuro were the visitors for this Friday night match. Vikings had several changes to the squad who lifted the Football Times cup and were brought down to earth with a bump. In for The Vikings were trialists Craig Trueman, Alan Larnach, Martin Banks, David Hale, Murray Mackintosh and Charlie Fraser. Dropping out were Luke Manson, Rob McLean, Cameron Montgomery, James Murray, Marc MacGregor, Aaron Wilson, and Ben Sinclair.
The game started off at a fast pace and it was top scorer Liam Bremner who scored after 10 minutes. Seven minutes later Alan Larnach levelled for Vikings but two minutes later Danny Coghill netted for Golspie to give them a 2-1 half-time lead.
Half-time score - Golspie Sutherland 2 v Thurso 1
The second half was only four minutes old when Golspie took a firm grip on the match and it was the league's top scorer Liam Bremner again to give the home side a 3-1 lead. After 65 minutes the roof fell in for Vikings as they conceded another four goals from Robbie Murray (65), Liam Bremner (68) to complete his hattrick, Shaun Urquhart (71) and Miller Mackay (79) to lead 7-1 and Vikings did get a consolation goal in the last minute from Grant Aitkenhead.
Full-time score - Golspie Sutherland 7 v Thurso 2
On to the Saturday matches and it was Inverness Athletic who made the long trek up north and across the sea to Kirkwall to take on Orkney at the KGS 3G pitch in the 12.45 p.m kick-off.
Half-time score - Orkney 1 v Inverness Athletic 1
Full-time score - Orkney 5 v Inverness Athletic 3
from St.Duthus website - https://www.stduthusfc.co.uk/
Saturday, December 4th, 2021
HALKIRK UNITED 3 ST DUTHUS 4
Saints turned on the style to secure all three points in the second half of todayâ€™s Macleod & MacCallum North Caledonian League match away to Halkirk United.
It finished a goal apiece in the first half after Finn As-Chainey cancelled out a Grant Macnab goal for the home team. The Saints man found the net with a neatly timed glancing header on the end of a Gary Millard set piece. A red card late in the first period then reduced Halkirk to ten men when goalkeeper Kieron McLeod was dismissed for high knee on striker Ben Bruce just outside the box, prompting Halkirk to introduce substitute goalkeeper Mackensie Jackson from the bench.
Half-time score - Halkirk United 1 v St.Duthus 1
Halkirk though had the wind in their favour in the second half, and they took a 2-1 lead scoring a goal straight from a corner via Jonah Martens. Jackson was proving a capable deputy in the early going of the second period, thwarting Bruce on a couple of occasions, and gathering quickly after being beaten by the same player with a shot that trundled off the upright and along the goal line.It wasnâ€™t long before Jake Lockett levelled the scores though, forcing the ball over the line on the rebound after As-Chainey had hit the bar with a shot using the outside of his foot. Saints kicked into another gear and went 3-2 ahead on 70 minutes with a nice lob from Ben Bruce to catch Jackson off his line, and on 83 minutes Lockett grabbed his second and his tenth goal of the season to make it 4-2, breaking clear before rounding the keeper to slot into the empty net. Halkirk notched a late consolation goal through Macnab with four minutes left, and they pushed hard for an equaliser in the closing moments -- but in the end they were unable to stage any sort of meaningful comeback, and Saints deservedly saw out the win.
Team: J Allan, S Ross, Millard (Trialist), JW Skinner, Davidson, J Skinner, Lockett, Mackay, Bruce, Gair, As-Chainey. Subs not used: Geegan, Voigt
Full-time score - Halkirk United 3 v St.Duthus 4
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NEXT WEEKEND IN THE NORTH CALEDONIAN LEAGUE - 11.12.21 (SPONSORED BY MACLEOD & MACCALLUM)
Alness Utd v Orkney (12.45)
St.Duthus v Bonar Bridge
Nairn County ''A V Halkirk Utd
Invergordon v Golspie
Loch Ness v Inverness Ath
All 1 p.m kick-offs unless stated