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Bremner aiming to get Thurso higher up table as they take on North Caledonian League champions

By Alan Hendry

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Thurso's Cameron Montgomery watches his shot go narrowly wide in a home game against Golspie in October last year. Picture: James Gunn
Thurso's Cameron Montgomery watches his shot go narrowly wide in a home game against Golspie in October last year. Picture: James Gunn

Thurso will get a taste of Friday night football as they go down the A9 to take on North Caledonian League champions Golspie.

It will be the Vikings' first outing since they lifted the Football Times Cup last month and manager Michael Bremner says the focus is on improving their league position.

Tomorrow's match will allow Golspie to test the floodlights they have installed at King George V Park

“As far as I know, they've not had a competitive game under them yet," Bremner said. "I think they've asked quite a few teams. It didn't really affect us either way so we were quite happy to go with it.

“Golspie are always strong. Even when I was playing when I was 15 they were always a strong team. In recent years they have always been up near the top of the league and they won it last season.

"In cup competitions too, Golspie are always there or thereabouts. It's going to be a tough one."

Thurso will have a few players missing and Bremner is likely to call in some reinforcements.

“We're missing quite a few people so I think we're going to have to pull in a couple of boys," the manager said.

“But we'll be confident enough with what we've got and it should be a good game.

“We want to pick up a few points in this league and start getting higher up the table.”

Last weekend's scheduled derby against Halkirk United was postponed, with the Dammies unplayable after Storm Arwen and with the Naver all-weather pitch unavailable.

Leaders Loch Ness will be looking to extend the gap between themselves and the chasing pack when the North Caledonian League resumes after all fixtures were wiped out last weekend.

Storm Arwen brought a series of postponements, while Inverness Athletic's scheduled fixture against Golspie was called off because of Covid-19 issues.

The Easter Ross derby between Invergordon and Alness United did start, but was abandoned early on because of snow. Second-placed Invergordon have no fixture this Saturday.

Loch Ness manager Shane Carling is targeting three home wins out of three in the run-up to the Christmas break, starting with Nairn County “A” before they take on Inverness Athletic and Halkirk United.

Carling said: “If we can get past the halfway point at the top of the league it could be really good for us.”

Alness United boss Rob MacCormack is looking for his side to put together back-to-back wins. They beat St Duthus 4-3 last time out and have a trip to second-bottom Bonar Bridge this weekend.

MacCormack said: “I fancy us against any team if we play well. If we play as well as we can, on our day we’re a match for anybody in the league."

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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