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Greens 'cheesed off' as RAF Lossiemouth fixture is cancelled again

By Iain Grant

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Head coach Cameron Boyd: 'It's so frustrating for the guys.' Picture: James Gunn
Head coach Cameron Boyd: 'It's so frustrating for the guys.' Picture: James Gunn

The Greens suffered yet another call-off on Saturday in what is turning into a season memorable for all the wrong reasons.

Their twice-rearranged home Caledonia Region 1 North Conference fixture against RAF Lossiemouth was scratched for a third time when the service outfit pulled out on Thursday evening.

Unlike the two previous occasions, when they cited operational reasons related to their day job, they indicated they could not raise a XV.

"They said they had just seven players available and 40 unavailable," Caithness head coach Cameron Boyd said.

"All the cancellations have made life very difficult for us. We prepare during the week in training for a match and then it's called off.

"It's so frustrating for the guys and they are right to be annoyed and cheesed off about it."

This is the ninth time a league match at Millbank has been spiked for one reason or another. The Greens have fulfilled all their scheduled away matches.

Another cancellation was flagged up this week when it was revealed Ellon have scratched from the National Shield.

Boyd said the north-east side had wanted to play the second-round tie on February 17 as a double header with their rescheduled league match.

"We knocked that back and they have obviously thrown their toys out of the pram and pulled out of the cup competition," he said.

"It's disappointing but at least it gets us into round three of the competition."

With this Saturday being a blank week, it means the Greens will be out of action until their rescheduled home league match with North Conference champions Moray on March 9.

Lossiemouth have meanwhile been docked three points and the fixture has been rescheduled again for April 20.

Caithness 2nd XV are due to play Skye away this Saturday in the Highlands and Islands Conference of Caledonia North Region 2, followed by a rescheduled away match against Highland 3rd XV on February 17.

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