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David Gill optimistic over Ross Sutherland's chances of success against Aberdeenshire ahead of Caledonia North Two match at Invergordon's Naval Grounds

By Andrew Henderson

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David Gill is happy to give Ross Sutherland every chance of getting a result against Aberdeenshire in Invergordon tomorrow afternoon.

The Stags coach has been limited to the training pitch over the last month with no matches to speak of due to a combination of Covid and the Caledonia North Two’s pre-planned break for the Autumn Internationals.

In recent years Aberdeenshire have been challenging at the top of the table, pushing Highland 2nds all the way last time a full campaign was able to be completed.

Ross Sutherland, meanwhile, were sitting bottom when the 2019/20 season was stopped and eventually ruled null and void, but have fared far better this time around.

Ross Sutherland have fared far better this season than in their last before the pandemic.
Ross Sutherland have fared far better this season than in their last before the pandemic.

Mathematically, it would actually be possible for them to jump above Aberdeenshire with an extremely one-sided win.

So with Gill himself the only injury absence with an ankle issue, he is backing Ross Sutherland to shake off any lingering cobwebs and pick up a positive result.

“Without doubt it’s a chance for us to win,” Gill said.

“We’ve got reason to be confident with what we’re doing and how we’re playing.

“We just need to cut out our own mistakes, and not worry about what the opposition are doing.

“We need to reduce the errors, because there have been times when we have switched off and cost ourselves points and possibly results.

“That has been a big focus for us – keeping switched on and keeping the brains working for the full 80 minutes to make sure that we can reduce our mistakes and make sure that the ball is very much in our hands.

“I think we’ll have a good, supportive crowd down cheering us on which will make a big difference, so we don’t want to be focusing on the opposition at all.”

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