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Call-off row smoothed over, says Vikings boss Reid


By Matt Leslie


Thurso boss Stevie Reid says the confusion over last week's cancellation of the Inverness Athletic match has been put to bed. The teams will meet in the North Caledonian Cup on Saturday. Picture: James Gunn
Thurso boss Stevie Reid says the confusion over last week's cancellation of the Inverness Athletic match has been put to bed. The teams will meet in the North Caledonian Cup on Saturday. Picture: James Gunn

Thurso manager Stevie Reid has said the row over last weekend's match with Inverness Athletic being called off has been settled.

Confusion had arisen as to what version of events led to the postponement – but ahead of the rearranged North Caledonian Cup tie the matter is now closed.

A chat between Reid and Inverness Athletic chairman and North Caledonian League secretary Sandy Stephen has cleared the air, leaving both sides to look forward to their encounter at Naver.

Reid said: "I spoke with Sandy and I can see where he was coming from regarding travel costs.

"It costs them £500 to get a bus organised and I know from past experience that refunds might not be given if you cancel your booking on the day the match was due to take place.

"When I played there was a plan B that usually involved getting three or four cars together, but maybe that wasn't an option for them.

"I've found out that Sandy did speak to a member of our committee. If there is a next time, they should maybe speak to me as I'm actively checking to see if the pitch is okay."

There is a desperate need for Thurso to have a grass pitch.

With the all-weather artificial surface still being used by the Vikings, Reid admitted the latest on their eventual return to the Dammies is not good.

"We unfortunately had a bit of vandalism at the Dammies recently," he said.

"One of the windows was kicked in. The police have been informed, but it was one of those things that we could have done without.

"That aside, there are still some drainage issues that still need to be sorted out.

"We've had to use temporary accommodation this season but the summer season is not far off and there will be three teams from Thurso who also use the Dammies monitoring what's going on.

"There is a desperate need for Thurso to have a grass pitch because the Dammies has been overworked with us and the summer teams using it over the years."

Fixtures

Saturday, February 15

North Caledonian Cup

First round

Thurso v Inverness Athletic (1pm)

Second round

Halkirk United v Invergordon (1pm)

Orkney v Golspie Sutherland (12.30pm)

League

Bunillidh Thistle v Bonar Bridge (1.30pm)



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