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Leaders Lovat face selection crisis ahead of Kyles Athletic clash


By Will Clark


PREMIERSHIP leaders Lovat have been hit by a huge call-off list which means almost half of their first-choice players will be unavailable for tomorrow’s match at Kyles Athletic.

Kyles’ Roddy Macdonald tries to block the swing from Marc MacLachlan (Lovat).Lovat v Kyles Athletic in the MOWI Premiership, played at Balgate, Kiltarlity.
Kyles’ Roddy Macdonald tries to block the swing from Marc MacLachlan (Lovat).Lovat v Kyles Athletic in the MOWI Premiership, played at Balgate, Kiltarlity.

Team manager Fraser Gallacher was left counting his missing stars and preparing to recruit a raft of youngsters from the club’s reserve team.

He said: “It is very disappointing but we just have to get on with it and fulfil the fixture the best we can.

“I was hoping we could finish the season by winning our remaining three matches - that is still our target but facing Kyles at anything less than full strength is far from ideal”.

He added “Pitching young lads in against such an experienced side as Kyles is a risk so I will be naming myself among the substitutes and I may well decide to put myself on right from the throw-up”.

Among the absentee list is striker Marc MacLachlan and midfielders, Fraser Heath , Martin Mainland and Calum MacAulay.

A number of fringe players are also unavailable.

Meanwhile Kingussie, trailing Lovat in second place only on goal difference do not have a game tomorrow after their match against Kilmallie at Canal Parks was postponed following a bereavement affecting the Kilmallie club.

Beauly’s North Division Two match also set for Canal Parks earlier in the day has also been postponed.

If Lovat drop points, Newtonmore can take over at the top but they will not be taking anything for granted as they prepare for the visit of second from bottom Inveraray

Caberfeidh look to be safe for another season but will be targeting both points from the visit of Oban Camanachd to Castle Leod.

Only one match in the National Division but it is an important one for Strathglass who face Oban Celtic at Cannich.

Both teams area scrapping for the points after a series of narrow defeats which has left them in relegation danger.



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