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Invergordon’s North Caledonian Cup defence continues at Halkirk United

By Staff Reporter

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INVERGORDON will be aiming to keep a firm grip on the North Caledonian Cup when they go on the road to face quarter-final opponents Halkirk United at Morrison Park tomorrow afternoon.

Darren Goller scored twice for Invergordon against Thurso.
Darren Goller scored twice for Invergordon against Thurso.

The Easter Ross club, who are the current holders of the trophy, will be clear favourites to dump the Anglers out of the tournament and progress to the semi-finals.

But Invergordon manager Gary Campbell is taking nothing for granted despite a five-match winning run which has seen his side hit a rich vein of form.

They have also yet to concede a goal to Halkirk after consecutive 8–0 and 4–0 wins.

He said: “Halkirk have improved a lot this season and although we beat them 4–0 at their place earlier in the season they made it tough for us for large parts of that game.

“We will need to be at our best to make sure we reach the semi final.”

Invergordon will be forced to make a couple of changes to the side which defeated Thurso 4–1 in their last outing.

The Invergordon boss welcomes back Jack Hudson from holiday.

But Ian Penwright – who put in an impressive showing last time out in a 4–1 victory over Thurso – is unavailable, while Kyle MacDonald and Joe Sutherland are both also still sidelined.

Invergordon’s scheduled North Caledonian League match against Bunillidh Thistle was called off last Saturday due to the threat of Storm Ciara.

St Duthus eye-catching clash against Golspie Sutherland at Grant Park also fell victim to the weather, while the games between Orkney and Bonar Bridge and the cup tie between Thurso and Inverness Athletic were all called off early enough to avoid any teams setting out on their travels.

St Duthus have a free week this weekend.

However, there is an intriguing North Caledonian Cup quarter final tie in Orkney where the home side play Golspie Sutherland in Kirkwall.

There is also a single first round match due to be played in the competition, as Inverness Athletic will again try to make the trip to Thurso.

In the only league match on the agenda for the day, Bunillidh Thistle host Bonar Bridge at Couper Park.

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