Invergordon to rotate ahead of Halkirk after Ross derby defeat
INVERGORDON manager Gary Campbell felt his side deserved something from the 2–1 defeat against St Duthus in the group stages of the Football Times Cup at the Recreation Grounds.
The Invergordon boss was disappointed with the outcome after a hard-fought Ross derby.
“It was pretty even,” said Campbell.
“Although we maybe didn’t deserve to win, we definitely didn’t deserve to lose it. Their first goal was a good goal from their point of view but we didn’t defend it well enough.
“We should have done better with their second one, we had a couple of chances to clear but it was a great strike from the edge of the area.
“We are not going to panic, but we might shuffle the pack against Halkirk on Saturday. It will give other boys a chance to see what they can do.
“Although we beat Halkirk 8–0 last month they have improved a lot and we are expecting a tough match.”
Kyle MacDonald is expected to make a return for Invergordon for tomorrow.
In the derby, Liam Rostock finished off a well-worked move in the 18th minute to fire St Duthus ahead.
Saints’ skipper Cammy Mackintosh doubled the lead in the 67th minute, and although forward Jordan Knight got one back for the home side Saints managed to hold out for the win.
Saints’ manager Stuart Ross welcomes back top scorer Ben Bruce for his side’s league clash with Invergordon Athletic at Grant Park.
Also back in contention are goalkeeper Jonny Allan, Robbie Murray and Scott MacLean. However, Scott Miller and Finlay MacLeod are unavailable.
In Saturday’s other cup ties, Golspie Sutherland defeated Thurso 1–0 and Halkirk thumped Bonar Bridge 9–3.
NMM Sam’s remain in pole position in the Community Cup despite being held to a 1–1 draw by leaders HRL at the Highland Football Academy on Sunday.
Sam’s, who are a point behind HRL with a game in hand, need to win their last three matches to win the title. Ali MacKinnon was once again the goal hero for Invergordon Social Club with a second hat trick of the month in a 7–2 romp against Tomatin United at the HFA.