No wild celebrations if Clachnacuddin win Highlands and Islands League
Bobby Beckwith says Clachnacuddin’s celebrations will be muted on Sunday if they clinch the inaugural Highlands and Islands League title.
The Clach ladies’ head coach knows his team is already a near certainty to claim the trophy after the enforced withdrawal of previous leaders Lewis and Harris.
But a victory over Nairn at Grant Street Park would officially seal the deal for the Lilywhites.
Beckwith, though, after a season of great progress and improvement, wants to keep the team focused all the way to the last fixture.
Last Sunday’s 13-0 beating of Buckie showed Clach had easily shaken off the disappointment of their League Cup final defeat to the islanders.
“We win the league if we win on Sunday,” Beckwith said.
“Technically, we’ve won it already because we would have to lose our last three games and Caithness would have to win theirs, scoring more than 40 goals.
“But I’ve said to the girls, we want to finish the way we started. We won’t think about celebrating until the last game of the season.
“The girls might know in their hearts they already have it, but we want to go through the season the same attitude and, possibly, with a 100 per cent record.”
Opponents Nairn have taken heavy beatings but Beckwith is impressed by their improvement.
“They are young and at the start of the season they didn’t have a coach.
“Now they have, they’ve settled down. They’re a bit like our girls were two years ago.
“It is a development league and Nairn are getting it together.”