Published: 16/07/2017 12:00 - Updated: 12/07/2017 11:25

Caley Thistle trials will do Clach youngsters the world of good

Written byJamie Durent

Clach striker Liam Shewan (right) in action as a trialist for Caley Thistle. Picture: Gair Fraser.
Clach striker Liam Shewan (right) in action as a trialist for Caley Thistle. Picture: Gair Fraser.

CLACH boss Iain Polworth believes five of his squad playing for Caley Thistle will do them the world of good.

Chiedu Ikeme, Liam Shewan, Liam Ross, Eddie Barton and Rorie Macleod played as trialists for the Caley Jags against Nairn County last Friday, when the Championships side were short on bodies.

Shewan (below) opened the scoring for John Robertson’s side and set up another, as the visitors emerged 4-1 winners.

Polworth praised Robertson’s quick-thinking to give Clach a call and request players, saying it had done wonders for their confidence.

In return, Caley Thistle had offered to play Clach in a friendly on Tuesday night at Grant Street Park. However, with Inverness struggling for numbers ahead of their Betfred Cup opener against Brechin, Robertson made the decision to pull his side out.

Both sides hope to reschedule the fixture, potentially before the start of the Highland League season, but the relationship between the neighbouring clubs has certainly been strengthened.

“It was a great bit of thinking from John – no-one had really though about doing that,” said Polworth. “The boys who went along certainly enjoyed it.

“Liam and Chiedu certainly didn’t look out of place and they took a big boost from it. It’s a really encouraging sign that they turned round and asked for them.

Chiedu Ikeme tries to win the ball from Nairn's Ryan Macdonald.
Chiedu Ikeme tries to win the ball from Nairn's Ryan Macdonald.

 

“It was disappointing (to postpone the game) because everyone wants to pit themselves against Caley Thistle and Ross County. But I totally understand where John is coming from.

“We’ve pencilled in a game against Inverness City on July 22 and we might get Inverness in a week before the start of the season. I’m sure they will help us out – these games are great for us financially.”

The Lilywhites do not have a game until Tuesday, when they play Ross County’s Development squad in Dingwall. In the meantime, Polworth is still working on strengthening his squad.

He has been boosted by the news that Martin Callum, who was expected to be out until next year with a cruciate ligament injury, will not require an operation.

Clach's Martin Callum does not need surgery on his cruciate ligament injury.
Clach's Martin Callum does not need surgery on his cruciate ligament injury.

 

“It’s massive for the boy and has quality of life,” added Polworth, who has ex-Nairn defender Martin MacDonald in training. “It’s too early to set a date for playing again. We’re not going to put pressure on him.”

Clach were drawn away to Brora Rangers in the North of Scotland Cup first round.

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