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Ross Sutherland look for home comfort as they aim for first win in Invergordon


By Will Clark

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ROSS Sutherland are looking to pick up their first home win of the season tomorrow after turning their season around on the road.

Ross Sutherland's captain for the 2021/22 season Tom Bannerman gets in the thick of the action against Highland 2nds in their Caledonia North Two opener. Picture: Peter Carson
Ross Sutherland's captain for the 2021/22 season Tom Bannerman gets in the thick of the action against Highland 2nds in their Caledonia North Two opener. Picture: Peter Carson

The Stags take on Mackie at the Naval Grounds in Invergordon on the back of two wins away from home against Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen Grammar 2nd XV.

It has put them back in the hunt for promotion after the top two, Highland 2nd XV and Moray drew 20–20 in Elgin last week.

Ross Sutherland are in third place on 11 points, 10 points behind league leaders Highland 2nd’s and nine points behind Moray but crucially have a game in hand on both teams.

Head coach John Mann says with the number of teams reduced in the league to just seven, with only 12 games for the entire season, every result matters, regardless of stage of the campaign.

“This season, with the number of teams in the league, it is definitely a sprint and not a marathon,” said Mann.

“All points are good points at the moment.

“It means there is no attitude of we can make up for later time.

“We have to perform week in and week out if we want to be in the mix for promotion.”

Mann says he was surprised Highland 2nd’s were held to a draw by Moray as he expected them to win comfortably.

But he says that has opened the door for his team to get back in the promotion hunt.

“We want to win every single game that we play,” he said.

“You want to jump up the league and with such a young team with players between 21 and 23, they have ambitions of jumping up.

“Saturday is a big one as we only have six home games this season and we have lost two of those already.

“We need to make the next four count.”

Kenzie Innes could be set to return after picking up an ankle injury during pre-season.


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