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Invergordon clash will be 'a real test' for Halkirk United squad


By Alan Hendry

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Andy Mackay opens the scoring for Halkirk United from the penalty spot during last month's 6-1 victory over Orkney at Morrison Park. Picture: James Gunn
Andy Mackay opens the scoring for Halkirk United from the penalty spot during last month's 6-1 victory over Orkney at Morrison Park. Picture: James Gunn

Two of the leading three teams in the North Caledonian League will go head to head when Halkirk United take on Invergordon on Saturday – and the Anglers' assistant manager Liam Anderson reckons it could be an entertaining one for any neutrals going along to Morrison Park.

Halkirk were sitting in top spot going into last weekend's round of fixtures after a run of five wins in a row, but they were left kicking their heels when their scheduled game at second-bottom Bonar Bridge was postponed.

Loch Ness and Invergordon took full advantage as they won their respective fixtures against St Duthus and Fort William to send the Anglers back down to third.

Anderson said: "It was very frustrating having Saturday's game postponed as we were hoping to keep the momentum going.

"This week's game against Invergordon will be a real test for the squad to see where we are at, but it’s a test everyone within the club is looking forward to. Both teams have scored a lot of goals so far this season so it could be an entertaining game for any neutrals that will be watching.

"We are losing two boys through holiday and work commitments but we are welcoming back Luke Manson and Sean Munro to the squad this weekend, so we'll be going into the game nearly at full strength as long as everyone comes through training okay."

After being beaten 4-0 at home by Halkirk United the previous week, Fort William lost 3-0 at Invergordon. Ryan McFee, Cameron Mackintosh and Dean Wallace scored for the Easter Ross outfit.

Champions Loch Ness won 4-2 against St Duthus.

Orkney led 3-0 at home to Alness United with an hour played, but the visitors battled back to earn a 3-3 draw.

Golspie suffered their fifth defeat in eight league outings when they were beaten 4-2 by Inverness Athletic at Inverness Royal Academy.

Invergordon were due to play Clachnacuddin “A” in midweek but the match was postponed.

North Caledonian League results: Invergordon 3, Fort William 0; Inverness Athletic 4, Golspie 2; Orkney 3, Alness United 3; Loch Ness 4, St Duthus 2; Thurso 3, Clachnacuddin "A" 3.

North Caledonian League fixtures for Saturday, November 25: Alness United v Thurso (1pm); Bonar Bridge v Inverness Athletic; Clachnacuddin “A” v Loch Ness; Halkirk United v Invergordon (1pm); Orkney v Fort William (Naver, Thurso, 2.15pm); St Duthus v Golspie.


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