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Greens taking each game as it comes

By Matt Leslie

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With the National League Three season hurtling towards the final sprint, Caithness have six games left to beat the drop.

Three teams are to be relegated. While there is currently a five-team dogfight going on, the Greens unfortunately occupy one of those places.

Third from bottom will not be enough to prevent a return to the Caledonia League after two years away and it goes without saying that Caithness need to rack up the wins.

The Greens entertain promotion-chasing Greenock Wanderers at Millbank on Saturday, with head coach Ewen Boyd insisting they will be taking each game as it comes.

"We're not thinking about relegation, to be honest," he said. "I don't regard the remaining games as 'cup finals' but as separate league fixtures.

"We treat each game as the same, and the thinking behind that is to not put any extra pressure on the players by focusing too much on relegation.

It was good to have a break to allow the boys some rest.

"We know where we are in the table but our primary focus is to go out there on the day and give it our best. Whatever happens after that happens.

"Greenock is our main concern and, while they might have pressures of promotion going into this one, that's for them to sort out.

"As for us, we will be doing the best we can in this fixture and all the others and the club will find out where it is at the end of the season."

The Greens return to action following a three-week break that has allowed them to regroup and take stock.

Boyd added: "It was good to have a break to allow the boys some rest and for those injured to recover.

"As for numbers, we should be at full strength for the Greenock game which will be good for us.

"We've not played at Millbank since the Murrayfield Wanderers game [January 11] and, given the wet weather of late, we'll need to see how the pitch is.

"Millbank has good drainage so the pitch should be okay but we'll wait and see."


National League Three

Saturday, February 15 (all kick-offs 3pm unless stated)

Ardrossan Academicals v Strathmore

Berwick v Hillhead/Jordanhill

Caithness v Greenock Wanderers (2pm)

Carrick v Murrayfield Wanderers

Perthshire v Howe of Fife

West of Scotland v Lasswade

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