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Ross Sutherland ready for run in for Caledonia North Two

By Andrew Henderson

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Ross Sutherland’s season continued to be a fractured one as their scheduled Caledonia North Two match against Mackie was called off last weekend.

Jacob Andrew tries to break clear for Ross Sutherland against Moray. Picture: Peter Carson
Jacob Andrew tries to break clear for Ross Sutherland against Moray. Picture: Peter Carson

Various different reasons mean the Stags have only played two matches since the end of October, essentially putting their campaign on pause halfway through because of a mix of Covid, bad weather and international and winter breaks.

They will be desperately hoping luck improves in Invergordon and allows them to play out the rest of their season in the next four weeks, starting with Banff at the Naval Grounds this Saturday.

Every point will be crucial for Ross Sutherland if they are to break into the top three in the table, with Moray the side most likely to be within reach over Aberdeenshire and Highland despite an 18-point deficit, because the Stags have three games in hand over the current second placed side.

Even if they fall slightly short, club captain Tom Bannerman would happily settle for fourth if there is a marked improvement in performances compared to the start of the season.

“It would be good is if we can compare the last games to the first and see improvement,” he said.

“Obviously at the start of the season we wanted to achieve a couple of things, so if we can look back and say we’ve achieved those things – maybe we’ve increased out numbers over the season, we’re playing a better level of rugby – I think that’s what we will be looking for rather than where we finish in the league.

“We have four games left to be played. I don’t think anyone is getting relegated this season because North Police dropped out, but it would be good to finish in the top three.

“To be honest, even if we just finish with a smile on our face, I think that’s what we’ll be looking for. Then we can go into next season with a better mentality than this season.”

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