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Alness United aim to bring pride and respect back after disappointing season

By Will Clark

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MANAGER Robert MacCormack is challenging his players to bring the pride back to Alness United after saying his team have not been good enough in the North Caledonian League so far.

North Caledonian League - Alness United v Invergordon, Dalmore Park, Alness...Ryan McFee (Alness)...Picture: Callum Mackay..
North Caledonian League - Alness United v Invergordon, Dalmore Park, Alness...Ryan McFee (Alness)...Picture: Callum Mackay..

After impressing last season by winning the one-off second division before the league merged back to one division, Alness have struggled so far.

They find themselves in ninth place, with only Thurso and Inverness Athletic below them in the table.

Victory against St Duthus at Dalmore Park in the Ross derby tomorrow would see Alness move up to seventh place in the table and MacCormack says he wants a good result to take into the second half of the campaign.

“The incentive for us is to get where when we know we are at it, we know how good we can be,” said MacCormack.

“I don’t think we have been anywhere near that level this season, it has been a difficult and disappointing start to our campaign to be honest.

“We are looking to put that right and get some respect and pride back in ourselves.

“Hopefully that starts on Saturday, but i’ll admit we have not been anywhere near good enough this season.

“I know that, players know that, so will work hard to put that right.”
Alness United will be missing a number of players for tomrrow’s clash with St Duthus.

Jack Gilliand, Ryan McFee, Dean Allison and Ryan Stewart will all be unavailable for the clash.

But MacCormack believes he still has personnel available of achieving a positive result.

“Hopefully the players who have been patient will get their chance and take it,” he said.

St Duthus suffered a heavy 6–1 defeat to Invergordon last weekend in Tain.

But MacCormack isn’t fooled by the scoreline, knowing how hard tomorrow’s clash will be.

“It is another tough game this week as they are a good side,” he said.

“In this league anyone can beat anyone.

“They have beaten decent teams this year and we will have to be at our best to win this match.

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