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All or nothing as Greens battle to avoid the drop


By Matt Leslie

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Evan Sutherland admits it has been a frustrating season for the Greens. Picture: James Gunn
Evan Sutherland admits it has been a frustrating season for the Greens. Picture: James Gunn

Caithness number eight Evan Sutherland admits it's all or nothing as the National League Division Three campaign enters the final straight.

The Greens have five games left in their battle to beat the drop back to the Caledonia League.

Five wins might not even be enough as fellow strugglers Murrayfield Wanderers have two games in hand on them and are six points clear of the Millbank side in the table.

Caithness welcome Glasgow side Hillhead/Jordanhill to Thurso this weekend and, if they are to put the pressure on Murrayfield to win those games in hand, they have to take care of business.

Sutherland said: "It kind of feels like we are in a win-or-bust situation, especially with our home games.

"We failed to beat Greenock last time and we find ourselves needing to win to give ourselves a chance of avoiding relegation.

"It has been a frustrating season as we've had injuries aplenty – including myself – and the young players have had to learn very quickly.

"Those young players have really improved over the year and if we were able to rewind the season back to the start, with the young lads having the skills they have now, I feel we would be higher up the table.

"Some of us older heads who have been injured for much of the season might have been able to help had we been fit.

"As it is, we are where we are. Hillhead/Jordanhill have been blowing hot and cold all season.

"They are in mid-table and have nothing to play for so they might have their eye off the ball.

"But that will not be much use to us if we ourselves don't have our eye on the ball."

The weather ensured only two fixtures in the division went ahead last weekend.

Caithness's opponents this Saturday warmed up for their trip north with a 12-10 Glasgow derby win against West of Scotland.

Murrayfield Wanderers fell to a 31-10 defeat at home to Howe of Fife.

Fixtures

Saturday, March 7 (all kick-offs 3pm unless otherwise stated)

National League Division Three

Ardrossan Academicals v Lasswade

Caithness v Hillhead/Jordanhill (2pm)

Carrick v Greenock Wanderers

Howe of Fife v Strathmore

Perthshire v Murrayfield Wanderers

West of Scotland v Berwick


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