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Invergordon aim for winning start in North Caledonian League


By Will Clark

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INVERGORDON manager Gary Campbell says it is important to get their North Caledonian League title challenge off to a positive start against St Duthus.

St Duthus and Invergordon went head to head in the Jock MacKay Cup semi final. Picture: Graeme Webster
St Duthus and Invergordon went head to head in the Jock MacKay Cup semi final. Picture: Graeme Webster

The two teams kick off their season tomorrow in the Ross derby at Recreation Park in a different looking campaign for all teams.

Due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, the North Caledonian League has split into two divisions for one season only.

The two Ross teams play against Golspie Sutherland, Halkirk United, Orkney and Thurso in Division One.

All six teams finished in the top six positions last season before the league was declared null and void.

Campbell says every game will count if they are to be successful in challenging for the Division One title.

But he believes they have what it takes to become champions if they play to their full potential.

“There is never any easy games,” he said.

“But this season they will all be tough games.

“I think any of the six teams will have a chance of winning the league and I imagine that this season will be really tight.”

Invergordon were beaten 5­-0 by Highland League heavyweights Rothes in their final pre-season game.

But they have played well in warm-up matches including an impressive 5­-2 win against Clachancuddin in Inverness.

Campbell has been pleased with how his players have performed warming up for the new North Caledonian League season.

“We did get beat last weekend, but we have had good results too and it has been a good pre-season for us,” he said.

“We have also managed to strengthen the squad by bringing in Niall Docherty and we have managed to keep most of our players.

“We also have Alan Duff coming back into the squad which is good news.

“He is coming back to full fitness after being out for a long time.”

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