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Head coach Dave Carson readies Highland for big push for points in rest of league campaign


By Alasdair Fraser


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DAVE Carson is priming Highland’s players for a big push for points in the remainder of the National League One campaign.

Highland v Cartha Queens Park, Canal Park, Inverness...Steven Rutledge...Picture: Callum Mackay. Image No..
Highland v Cartha Queens Park, Canal Park, Inverness...Steven Rutledge...Picture: Callum Mackay. Image No..

The head coach wants four home wins from four, starting with victory at Canal Park against Cartha Queen’s Park on Saturday.

Highland will return to friendly turf for the first time this year having endured a run of matches on the road before Covid cases in their camp forced postponement of their trip to Biggar last weekend.

Carson’s squad should be at, or close to, full strength this weekend and he is demanding far better endeavour than he witnessed when Cartha triumphed 24-20 in late October.

“That defeat was probably one of the biggest disappointments of the season,” the head coach admitted.

“We were on a great run going down there and it was totally about mindset. We just thought, having beaten Heriot’s and Melrose and with Cartha were sitting third bottom, it would be straightforward

“It just doesn’t work like that. If you don’t turn up, any team in this league will beat you.

“You need 15 guys working really hard. With only 10 or 12, that’s nowhere enough.

“It will be good to get home. It has been a hard shift for the boys on the road.

“We need to regroup. It has been a bit disjointed with Covid and the Six Nations internationals disrupting the flow. We’ve put in two big training sessions this week and we need five points at home.

“From each of the four home games we have left, we need five points out of each so that we can try to get a fourth or a third place in the league.”

Meanwhile, Highland’s 2nd and 3rd teams sit on the brink of title success.

The thirds go to Fraserburgh on Saturday knowing a five-point victory will secure promotion and the North region Division Four crown. The seconds need two wins from two to play to win the north region division two title.


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