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Inverness Athletic face long wait to wrap up North Caledonian League season after pulling out of cup

By John MacLeod

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Inverness Athletic have a five-week wait until their final North Caledonian League fixture of the season after they surprisingly withdrew from the North Caledonian Cup.

Athletic’s North Caledonian Cup first round tie at Thurso, scheduled for tomorrow, was called off earlier this week when the Inverness club notified the league of their decision to pull out of the competition.

Inverness Athletic manager Jason Golabek.
Inverness Athletic manager Jason Golabek.

Athletic manager Jason Golabek said the club did not come to the decision lightly, but they were left were no choice.

“It is obviously disappointing to withdraw from the cup,” he said.

“But for various reasons, the club felt it was best to withdraw from the competition.

Looking ahead, he said: “We have one more game to play – at home to Orkney on April 4.

“We will prepare for that when the time comes and bring the season to a close.”

The Athletic boss has struggled to field a regular starting 11 this term.

He was forced to use up to five trialists in the 6–1 defeat against leaders Invergordon last Saturday as they lie in seventh position in the division.

It is believed a number of players were unavailable for the trip to Thurso on Saturday, leaving the club with no option but to drop out.

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