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Caithness will take nothing for granted against bottom side Glenrothes

By Iain Grant

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Evan Sutherland tries to force his way through during the Greens' recent 34-10 win against Aberdeen Wanderers at Millbank. Picture: James Gunn
Evan Sutherland tries to force his way through during the Greens' recent 34-10 win against Aberdeen Wanderers at Millbank. Picture: James Gunn

The Greens head south on Saturday in their latest bid to notch up a first away victory in Caley League Division 1.

Their three missions so far have ended in disappointment, with narrow losses at the hands of Ellon, Orkney and Blairgowrie.

The Caithness faithful will be hoping they can break their duck when they face off against the league's bottom side Glenrothes.

The Fife outfit are still searching for their first win, having shipped 251 points in six defeats.

Head coach Ewen Boyd, however, is too seasoned a campaigner to allow any hint of complacency to creep into the preparations.

"The last time we travelled, we played Blairgowrie who were then sitting on no points and we got beaten," he recalled.

"We will certainly not be taking anything for granted. We have the factor of travelling down on the same day to contend with, as well as the usual problems of several guys being unavailable and a few injuries."

Boyd and his coaching team have noticed a lowering in the energy levels of the squad in away outings and are keen to find ways of addressing this.

Their away record is in contrast to their Millbank form where four barnstorming wins have seen them rise to joint second, a point behind leaders Orkney.

Among tomorrow's absentees will be prop/hooker Hamish Coghill, who has work commitments.

Scott Webster, who missed the 34-10 win over Aberdeen Wanderers, is fit to return to the squad, though a recurrent shoulder complaint again places a doubt over the involvement of his brother Douglas.

Lock Kevin Brims is also doubtful with a rib injury he sustained in the Wanderers match.

The return to fitness of prop Mark Nicolson is a big boost and he is set for his first start of the season.

The last time the sides met at Carleton Park, the Greens edged a 26-25 victory in their 2017/18 Caley 1 title winning season. But since then, both camps have seen wholesale changes.

Boyd said: "We have no real idea what we'll be coming up against but we're travelling with a decent squad.

"I'm looking for us to generate some momentum in the away matches in Glenrothes and Hillfoots to take into our home game against Orkney [on December 11]."

The club's resources will be stretched this weekend with Caithness Seconds also heading down the A9.

They take on Craig Dunain in Inverness as they bid for a third straight win in Caley North 4.

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