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Clachnacuddin prepared to tackle title contenders Banks O'Dee in Inverness on Saturday

By Will Clark

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Clachnacuddin v Wick Academy Grant Street Park. Picture: Callum Mackay..
Clachnacuddin v Wick Academy Grant Street Park. Picture: Callum Mackay..

CLACHNACUDDIN manager Conor Gethins says his team will be prepared to face a Banks O’Dee side who think they are capable of winning the Highland League title.

The Lilywhites will return to Grant Street Park tomorrow to take on the Aberdeen outfit who are just one point behind league leaders Brechin City.

However, Clachnacuddin have proven to be a bogey side for Banks O’Dee since they arrived in the Highland League last season.

Earlier in the campaign, Clachnacuddin held Banks O’Dee to a 2-2 draw at Spain Park.

Last season, Clachnacuddin also picked up a stunning 3-1 win at Merkinch.

Despite their recent good performances against Banks O’Dee, Gethins says his players know that they will face a tough encounter and can’t afford to make mistakes if they are to get a positive result tomorrow afternoon.

“Banks O’Dee are sitting in second place for a reason and they are very well organised,” said Gethins.

“They know how they want to play and work as a team.

“But they also have that individual quality throughout the team. They have the likes of Lachie Macleod and Garry Wood up front along with Ethan Cairns starting to score.

“They are a team that are going for the league and are looking to continue their good run.

“We will have to deal with what they come at us with and see what we can do.”

Clachnacuddin were out of action last Saturday as their clash with Brora Rangers was postponed.

Gethins, says it has allowed his team more time to improve in training and figure out how to get out of their poor run of form.

Clachnacuddin have failed to win their last five games and looking for their first victory in 2024. Despite scoring goals, Gethins says it is defensive mistakes costing his team points.

“We have suffered from preventable mistakes in recent games and we will be looking for a spell of consistency throughout the team,” he said.

“We are a dangerous team, but we are leaking goals and that is something we have to try and stop.”

Clachnacuddin confirmed yesterday that they have signed midfielder Calum MacLeod from Inverness Caledonian Thistle on loan for the remainder of the season.

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