Week 24 Preview

Posted on Friday, February 22nd, 2019



Macleod and MacCallum North Caledonian League - Week 24 Preview

There is a full league card this weekend with some fascinating fixtures to look forward to. The top of the table clash between Golspie Sutherland and leaders Invergordon at King George V Park promises to be the pick of the bunch.


Golspie Sutherland v Invergordon
King George V Park, Golspie
1.30pm


Invergordon's Darran Goller, seen here in action against Alness United, will be hoping to add to his impressive 21 goals so far this season on Saturday.
Picture Credit - Scott MacDonald
 
This is a match neither team can afford to lose. Invergordon are in pole position. They are four points clear of Golspie but have played two more games. However, a win for Invergordon in their final two fixtures would be enough to clinch the title. But Golspie are sure to be up for this one having already beaten Invergordon earlier in the season.

Golspie will be without holiday makers Robbie Murray and Shaun Urquhart, while Joe Sutherland is unavailable for Invergordon.


Orkney v Halkirk United
Kirkwall Grammar School 3G
12.30pm

Orkney are still very much in contention and have games in hand on their rivals. They will be hoping to make home advantage count when they face Halkirk United. The Anglers suffered their first defeat in five matches last week at Golspie, but will, nevertheless, be looking to get something from the game.

Orkney welcome back skipper Owen Rendall from suspension, while the Anglers are expected to be at full strength.


Thurso v St Duthus
Sir George's Park, Thurso
1.30pm


Will Ross netting for St Duthus during last weekends meeting between the sides, which St Duthus won 3-1

Picture Credit - GJW Sports

Thurso will be on a revenge mission when they line-up against St Duthus for the second week running. Saints won the Jock MacKay Cup quarter-final tie 3-1 last week in Tain, but the Vikings will fancy their chances on home soil.

Thurso manager Steve Reid has been boosted by the return of goalkeeper James More and captain Michael Petrie. Saints have six players unavailable, but five others are set to return, including Sam Beeston and Paul Beaton.


Alness United v Bunillidh Thistle
Highland Football Academy, Dingwall
3.30pm

Alness United and Bunillidh Thistle also meet for the second week running. Bunillidh triumphed in a penalty shoot-out last week against Alness after their Jock MacKay Cup quarter-final tie ended 3-3. Alness will be hoping to end their winless run when they get Bunillidh back to Dingwall , while Thistle manager, Dean Cowie expects to field an unchanged side.


 PLDWDLGDPTS
Invergordon141013+2431
Golspie12831+2227
Inverness13715+1022
Alness12624+420
St Duthus14626+220
Orkney10532+618
Thurso13256-611
Halkirk Utd13319-2410
Bunillidh131012-383