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Alness United hope to make it second time lucky away at Thurso in North Caledonian Cup

By Andrew Henderson

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Alness United will finally try to get their North Caledonian Cup first round tie against Thurso played after the first attempt to fulfil the fixture was called-off.

Adverse weather conditions meant that Alness never made the trip north, but they are due to try again tomorrow.

In a season as strange as this one, Alness manager Robert MacCormack would much rather have been playing than have a weekend off.

“We wanted to try and put things right after the Saturday before, where we dropped a couple of points,” he explained.

“Obviously it was a cup game, so we were really looking forward to going up and testing ourselves against a really good Thurso team.

Mark Lamont in action for Alness United. Picture: Callum Mackay
Mark Lamont in action for Alness United. Picture: Callum Mackay

“With the weather, it was probably the best call – we made the decision early doors before we left Alness to travel up.

“Thurso were in touch and they said that the safe bet was just to call it off.”

Alness have had a bright start to the season, when they have managed to get on the pitch.

While every other side in Division Two has played five league matches, as well as some taking part in the cup last weekend, United only have three games on their record so far.

In the league, they have won two and drawn one.

Although Thurso are in Division One, MacCormack is not reading anything into being a tier below.

He has no concerns over making the trip north either, saying it is something most teams in the North Caledonian Football Association are used to.

“We got put into Division Two after having a year out, we were put in with the new teams and the teams who finished near the bottom of the league last year,” MacCormack reasoned.

“We don’t really look at that, we just go and do what we can against the opposition we’ve been put up against in every game.

“Every game we go out looking to win. If we play the way I know we can, we’ve got a good chance against anyone.

“The guys are used to the travel, but when you go up north, it’s always a hard game, so you just have to be ready for it.”

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