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Focus switches to league action

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Caberfeidh have a free day as they take part in celebrations to mark the 125th anniversary of the club.

In the only other match, Lochcarron and Lochaber face each other at the New Battery Park with the home side buoyed by a recent win over Caberfeidh.

The injury is thought to be an extremely serious one and this is a crushing blow for the 25-year-old, who was enjoying one of his best-ever seasons at the club.

The Green and Whites have received a massive blow, however, with the news that their dynamic striker Sean Stewart broke his ankle in a recent football match.

Beauly for their part are keen to stay in second place in the league ahead of the chasing pack of Lochaber, Lochcarron and Caberfeidh.

In the Marine Harvest area leagues, newly-crowned North Division One champions Kinlochshiel travel to Braeview intent of maintaining their 100 per cent league record.

MacRitchie, who recently lived in Paisley, was the brother of current first-team coach John MacRitchie and played for the club at all levels before moving away from the area. His family have strong connections with Lovat with his brother Cameron also playing for the Balgate club while his aunt, Mary-Anne Henton is a long-serving club official and is the current treasurer. The club’s Division Two match at Glengarry has also been cancelled as a mark of respect.

Meanwhile, Lovat’s crucial match at Glenorchy has been postponed as the Kiltarlity club mourn the sudden death of former player George MacRitchie.

Tomorrow’s home match against Kingussie is a must-win affair for the Royal Burgh side and victory would see them move up the table above their two rivals.

Inveraray are locked in a three-way relegation battle along with Oban Camanachd and Lovat. They showed against Newtonmore in their Camanachd Cup semi-final that they are a top side, but injury and team selection problems has resulted in them becoming embroiled at the wrong end of the table.

MacArthur’s main aim this season is the Camanachd Cup, but the retention of the league title is also an ambition as it will bestow special status on his team as the only club outside Kingussie to win the title in successive years.

This will be a real test for Norman MacArthur’s side as they need to banish any negative thoughts after their crushing last minute defeat by Kyles in last Saturday’s Artemis MacAulay Cup final.

The match of the day is at the Eilan where reigning champions Newtonmore face a dangerous Fort William side, who continue to harbour ambitions of snatching the title in the final weeks of the season.

Season long pacesetters Kyles Athletic put their unbeaten record on the line against an inconsistent Kilmallie side at Canal Parks. Maximum points for the Tighnabruaich side are essential, but they will be wary of Kilmallie, who are the masters of producing the unexpected.

WITH recent action in the Camanachd and MacAulay Cups diverting attention, the focus is firmly back on the Scottish Hydro Premier Division tomorrow and the pressure ratchets up on the top three in the league as the final run-in begins in earnest.

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