Former Clachnacuddin manager Iain Polworth helps out at Loch Ness ahead of North Caledonian Cup match with St Duthus
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LOCH Ness have enlisted the help of former Clachnacuddin manager Iain Polworth ahead of their North Caledonian Cup match against St Duthus.
Polworth, who was Lilywhites manager for more than a decade, is working alongside the coaching team at the NCL Division Two club. Manager Shane Carling says it has been great to work alongside Polworth, who has years of coaching experience at Highland League level.
“Iain has been down to the club at recent training sessions to help advise the boys,” he said.
“To get that experience from a man like Iain has been great to have around at the club.
“He has come to watch our games in the past and I know him well.
“The boys really benefited from him taking part in the training sessions and hopefully it will serve us well in games.”
Loch Ness take on St Duthus in the North Caledonian Cup first round tomorrow at Canal Park.
Loch Ness are making their debut in the North Caledonian League this season and are in third place in Division Two.
But Carling says the club also want to make an impact in the cup competitions as they look to lift silverware this season.
“Getting to a cup final is a big thing for us this season and it is something that we have talked about with the squad,” he said.
“But St Duthus are going to be a tough challenge to start off with.
“Their manager Stuart Ross has built up a good team, they are well organised and have played together for years.
“They take in one or two players every year and stick to the same squad most of the time.
“But this is a game where we feel if we turn up with a full squad I don’t see why we can’t get a result.
“We will work on improving from the game last weekend to make sure things are better this weekend.”
Loch Ness were held to a 1–1 draw against Alness United in the North Caledonian League Division Two clash last week.
They played for an hour with just 10 men at Dalmore Park after Mark Kennedy was sent off after picking up two yellow cards in the first half hour.
Loch Ness managed to take the lead in the 73rd minute through Ryan Macleod.
But Gordon Finlayson levelled the score seven minutes later when he scored a wondergoal from 30 yards which beat Loch Ness goalkeeper Michael Miele.