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Nairn St Ninian kick off new season in regionalised League Cup competition


By Will Clark

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Nairn St Ninian manager Keith Mason is looking for his team to progress from the group stages of the North Junior League Cup.

Loch Ness v Nairn St Ninian at Canal Park Inverness 10 October 2020...Picture: James Mackenzie..
Loch Ness v Nairn St Ninian at Canal Park Inverness 10 October 2020...Picture: James Mackenzie..

The only junior team in the Highland region will kick off their campaign against Dufftown at Nairn Showfield tomorrow.

This season, the North Junior Super League has been cancelled due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

In its place, a regionalised league cup competition, designed to minimise travelling distance while there is no access to changing facilities will be played during the 2020/21 campaign.

The competition will see clubs play each other twice in the sections, with the winners progressing to the knockout stages planned to take place in the spring.

Nairn St Ninian are in the west section with Burghead Thistle, Dufftown and Islavale.

Mason says while they are disappointed the Super League can’t go ahead as normal, he believes the right decision was made to replace it with a regionalised competition.

He is looking for his team to at least win the group and progress to the knock-out stages.

“I don’t know much about Dufftown, I just worry about ourselves, if we perform well we have got no worries about other teams. I expect us to be up there and competing in every game, we are looking for progression and looking to get as close to the end as we can.

“We have a squad of 21 boys this season. There are some injuries, but we have enough cover where we should be able to manage all right on Saturday.”



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