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Anglers looking to stay in touch in title race as they take on St Duthus for third time this season


By Alan Hendry

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Halkirk United's Korbyn Cameron attempts an overhead kick during a match against St Duthus in November last year when the Tain side won 2-0. Picture: James Gunn
Halkirk United's Korbyn Cameron attempts an overhead kick during a match against St Duthus in November last year when the Tain side won 2-0. Picture: James Gunn

Halkirk United will be looking to stay in touch in the North Caledonian League title race when they host St Duthus on Saturday.

Top scorer Jonah Martens is available again after his suspension as the Anglers return to action for the first time since their Football Times Cup shoot-out loss.

Last Saturday's scheduled game at Thurso fell victim to Storm Arwen.

Manager Ewan McElroy acknowledged that Halkirk United don't have a great home record against the Tain side.

The teams have met twice already this season, both at Grant Park. Their first league fixture in August ended in a 4-4 draw, and the Anglers won 4-0 in a Football Times Cup first-round tie the following month.

"I think everyone is hoping for some better weather and getting back out playing this Saturday," McElroy said.

A couple of injury concerns will be assessed ahead of the game.

"I don’t think we will see Hasheem Bremner or Graham MacNab back before the new year," McElroy said. "However, we do have Ryan Sutherland junior back in the fold until January.

"Jonah Martens will return from suspension, and John Budge coming back a couple of weeks ago is another big boost to the squad."

Three points for Halkirk would keep them in third place behind Loch Ness and Invergordon.

"It’s always difficult to predict our games versus St Duthus," McElroy said. "They are a good outfit and have shown on their day they are a match for any team in the league.

"I don’t think we have beaten St Duthus at home for a number of years now and we are under no illusions Saturday is going to be a difficult game.

"The pitch is in surprisingly good condition despite the recent rain and I think the whole squad will be looking forward to getting back out on Morrison Park."

North Caledonian League fixtures – Friday: Golspie Sutherland v Thurso (8pm). Saturday: Bonar Bridge v Alness United; Halkirk United v St Duthus (1pm); Loch Ness v Nairn County “A”; Orkney v Inverness Athletic.


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