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Manager looking for Loch Ness to beat leaders Invergordon and move top of North Caledonian League

By Will Clark

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Jacob Kerr. Picture: James Mackenzie.
Jacob Kerr. Picture: James Mackenzie.

Defending North Caledonian League champions Loch Ness face leaders Invergordon in a top of the table clash in Fortrose on Saturday.

Loch Ness are three points behind Invergordon in the league with a game in hand and victory will move them top due to a vastly superior goal difference.

Loch Ness manager Shane Carling said his team are under no illusion what is at stake for Saturday's clash at 1pm.

But he says his team are still undefeated this season and is confident they can be at the top of the table after full time on Saturday.
“We know that Saturday is a massive game for us,” said Carling.

“I said to the boys that the match against Inverness Athletic last weekend, and Invergordon this weekend, were two crucial games for our season. However, every game is important for us and we know that we can’t afford to lose any games.

“If you want to win the league, you have to win all your games, it is as simple as that.

Loch Ness have kept the chase on Invergordon with impressive results against fellow title challengers in January, including a 3-0 win over Halkirk United and a 5-2 hammering of Fort William at Claggan Park.

They also saw off Inverness Athletic last weekend with a 2-0 win.

Carling says he will be missing players for tomorrow’s clash, but they are strong enough to get a victory.

“We beat Invergordon twice in the league last season, and earlier this season we were 4-2 up at Invergordon before it ended 4-4.

“We know each other pretty well, it is just a question of who wants it more and who is prepared to battle more.”

Elsewhere in the North Caledonian League on Saturday, Inverness Athletic travel to bottom of the table Thurso.

Golspie Sutherland are set to host Fort William while Bonar Bridge take on Halkirk United and St Duthus are set to take on Orkney in Tain.

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