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Alness United on course to win league title

By Will Clark

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ALNESS United manager Robert MacCormack has praised his team’s return to football, describing their performance so far this season as “absolutely tremendous”.

North Caledonian League Div 2..Alness v Inverness Athletic..Alness midfielder Gordon Finlayson..Picture: Callum Mackay..
North Caledonian League Div 2..Alness v Inverness Athletic..Alness midfielder Gordon Finlayson..Picture: Callum Mackay..

United recently returned to the North Caledonian Football Association after being in abeyance for 12 months.

They are undefeated with five wins out of six and are one point behind leaders Inverness Athletic with four games in hand.

MacCormack, who was appointed manager after success with Evanton amateur outfit Black Rock Rovers, is pleased so far.

“It has been an excellent season for us,” he said.

“The only disappointment we have had was being knocked out of the North Caledonian Cup at Thurso as we didn’t do ourselves justice in that match.

“But that has been the only disappointment, the boys have been absolutely tremendous.

“Hopefully after the break we can go and finish what we wanted to do.”

MacCormack says establishing a squad for a team which did not play at all last season was a major challenge.

But he says the quality they have in the squad makes him confident it will be a successful campaign for his team.

“We set ourselves goals at the start of the season about what we wanted to do,” he said.

“But the main thing for us was getting a squad back again and getting boys enjoying football.

“We have managed to do that as we have a great squad and all the training sessions have been excellent.

“I knew with the guys that we brought in if we managed to play well, that we would have a good season.

“The boys have been fantastic so far in the campaign with their commitment and effort and full credit has to be given to them.”

Alness United do not return to action until Saturday, January 9 when they face Inverness Athletic at Pavilion Park in Muir of Ord in a top-of-the-table clash.

Victory for Alness would put them top of Division Two and only Nairn County A could stop them lifting the Ness Cup, which will be awarded to the league champions this season.

MacCormack says his team will take some rest over the festive period.

But he added the squad would be looking to spring into action after the break to make their final charge towards the title.

“We are going to take a couple of weeks off and with the new tier four regulations, we are still waiting to hear when we are able to come back,” he said.

“The boys are dying to get things wrapped up once we start playing again.”

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