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Mackintosh and Montgomery back in contention as Vikings look to move on from 'nightmare' week

By Alan Hendry

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Thurso's Innes Mackintosh has returned to training after an injury lay-off. Picture: James Gunn
Thurso's Innes Mackintosh has returned to training after an injury lay-off. Picture: James Gunn

Thurso manager Michael Bremner is hoping his team can get on with the task of picking up points in the North Caledonian League on Saturday after a "nightmare" experience last week.

Covid-19 issues, allied to injury problems, left the Vikings with only 10 available players and so their scheduled away fixture against Bonar Bridge was postponed.

“We couldn't get a squad," Bremner said. "We had about seven that were positive and another six or seven isolating.

“By Tuesday or Wednesday we knew we were going to be struggling, and trying to get some trialists in was a nightmare. It was just a bad week all round, really.”

However, Thurso are in better shape as they look ahead to Saturday's rearranged game against St Duthus at the Dammies. The original match between the sides, at Naver in early November, was abandoned because of high winds.

“We had 14 at training on Tuesday night and we've got boys coming back from injury too so this weekend we should be good with numbers,” Bremner said.

He is looking forward to having Innes Mackintosh and Cameron Montgomery available again after they were sidelined by injury. “Both have been training this week and should be pushing for Saturday," the manager said.

St Duthus are sixth in the table, four places above Thurso.

Bremner said: "They're a good team – they've got a few good players there, including Ben Bruce up front."

Fixtures for Saturday: Bonar Bridge v Nairn County "A"; Golspie Sutherland v Loch Ness; Invergordon v Inverness Athletic; Orkney v Halkirk United; Thurso v St Duthus (1pm).

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