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Chasing pack look to close in on Premiership leaders


By Staff Reporter


With Premiership front-runners Lovat and Kingussie both idle tomorrow, Newtonmore meet Kinlochshiel looking to close in on the leaders.

Finlay Macrae (Kinlochshiel) and Daniel Grieve (Lovat). Lovat v Kinlochshiel in the first round of the cottages.com MacTavish Cup, played at Balgate, Kiltarlity.
Finlay Macrae (Kinlochshiel) and Daniel Grieve (Lovat). Lovat v Kinlochshiel in the first round of the cottages.com MacTavish Cup, played at Balgate, Kiltarlity.

Both sides are recovering from slow starts to the new season, but Newtonmore have put six wins on the board since their last defeat while ‘Shiel are beginning show glimpses of the form which took them to the title in 2017.

Newtonmore manager PJ MacKintosh hopes to name a full strength side while Kinlochshiel striker Jordan Fraser returns after he missed last Saturday’s 8-2 mauling of Lochaber. Scotland captain Finlay MacRae remains sidelined as he recovers from a broken arm.

The only other match in the Premiership is a relegation clash between third from bottom Lochaber and second from bottom Caberfeidh. A win for the Cabers would see them leapfrog both Lochaber and Kilmallie.

In the National Division Beauly travel to face Oban Celtic at noon.

The Braeview side hope to welcome back Conor Ross and captain Sean Stewart who both missed the Camanachd Cup win over Inverness. The teams are level on points, with Beauly ahead on goal difference.

Elsewhere, league leaders Fort William are aiming to make it six wins from six with the visit of Bute. A win for the Fort would see them open up a five point lead over Glenurquhart in second place.

It is derby day in North Division One where two points separate the top six teams. In Drumnadrochit, Glenurquhart reserves face Inverness’ senior side who have David Campbell out as he serves the second game of his four-match ban.

The match of the day should be at Castle Leod where table-topping Caberfeidh take on Lovat, with both sides flourishing in the higher league after getting promoted from North Division Two last season. In the Badenoch derby Kingussie and Newtonmore clash at the Dell while in the west, Kinlochshiel and Glengarry meet at Kirkton.



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