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Ross-shire football clubs return to North West Sutherland League action after extended break

By Will Clark

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Ross-shire football clubs are set to start their campaign in the North West Sutherland League tomorrow as the competition returns after a two-year break.

Ullapool outfit Lochbroom, who reformed this year after an eight-year abeyance, will travel to meet Lairg Rovers.

While Inver play host to Melvich at Osprey Park for a first time meeting between the teams.

The North West Sutherland Amateur League begins again in earnest this weekend.
The North West Sutherland Amateur League begins again in earnest this weekend.

Elsewhere Lochinver will welcome returning Dornoch to Culag Park and an east Sutherland derby sees Helmsdale United and Golspie Stafford lock horns at Couper Park.

Helmsdale United and Lairg Rovers took part in the only game of the weekend at Couper Park last Saturday, with the latter securing a place in the Stafford Cup final thanks to a 3–2 win.

The game was closely contested throughout. Adam Mackay opened the scoring for Rovers with a header midway through the first half, but a Billy Cairns goal brought the hosts back into it before the break.

Michael Newlands netted soon after the restart to restore Lairg’s lead but once again Helmsdale were able to bring themselves back into it, this time through Kevin Cairns.

With a quarter hour left, Miller Mackay grabbed the all important winner to send Lairg into the final of the competition.

The first round match between Melvich and Golspie Stafford was postponed again due to Golspie holding a golf day.

A new date for the first round cup fixture has yet to be rearranged.

The winners will face Lochbroom in the semi final after they defeated Inver in the first round.

North West Sutherland League fixtures


Helmsdale United v Golspie Stafford (3pm)

Inver v Melvich (3pm)

Lairg Rovers v Lochbroom (4pm)

Lochinver v Dornoch (4pm)

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