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Vikings hoping weather will let them play

By Matt Leslie

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Thurso boss Stevie Reid hopes the weather will allow his team to play again soon. Picture: James Gunn
Thurso boss Stevie Reid hopes the weather will allow his team to play again soon. Picture: James Gunn

Thurso boss Stevie Reid is praying the weather gods don't rain on his team's parade as they head down the A9 on Saturday for their North Caledonian League clash at Inverness Athletic.

The Vikings made a flying start to their league campaign and remain the only side to have a 100 per cent record.

Four wins out of four is a fine start but pitch troubles at their Dammies home and last week's foul conditions have ensured that they've not had a game for close to three weeks.

The bad weather is still hanging over the north and Reid is hoping it all clears up in order for his team to pick up where they left off.

He said: "It will be nice to actually play a game. I'm hoping for a nice day in Inverness because we need to get some games under our belt again.

"The boys have been excellent in training these past few weeks but all that has been for nothing as we've not had any matches to play lately.

"We were hoping to have one last week but myself and the referee went out at Naver to see if the pitch was playable.

"The all-weather pitch was fine but the winds were so strong that there was no way you could get a game to last the full 90 minutes.

"As soon as the ref dropped the ball on the ground it rolled back. I tried kicking it but the wind immediately blew the ball back at us. So the referee had no choice but to call it off.

"Assuming we do get the go-ahead on Saturday to play Inverness Athletic, we will not be taking them for granted given they lost their manager [Shane Carling] last week.

"When a manager goes it can go either way for the next team who plays that side. Either they'll still be licking their wounds or they'll feel they have a point to prove and be determined to show they're a better side than their results suggest.

"We're prepared for the latter scenario. If that's not the case with them then something is wrong if Inverness don't come out looking to get back on track. Hopefully we can play as well as we can and get another win."


Saturday, November 9

North Caledonian League

(All kick-offs 1.30pm unless otherwise stated)

Golspie Sutherland v Bonar Bridge

Halkirk United v Bunillidh Thistle

Inverness Athletic v Thurso

Jock Mackay Cup final

St Duthus v Orkney (1pm)

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