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Pressure is on for North Caledonian League leaders Loch Ness to maintain advantage, according to manager Shane Carling


By Andrew Henderson

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Loch Ness manager Shane Carling only expects things to get tougher for his side in the second half of the season.

Right now, things are looking good for them. They sit eight points clear of the chasing pack at the top of the North Caledonian League.

With that, though, will come pressure to maintain their position, as every other club in the division will begin to see them as the prized scalp in the league.

Carling is certainly taking nothing for granted at this point, insisting his squad will need to keep winning games if they are to lift the title at the end of the campaign.

“It’s only three games – if we lose three games, someone will be back in,” club manager and founder Carling insisted.

Manager Shane Carling still expects Loch Ness to have to hold off their title rivals at the top of the NCL. Picture: James Mackenzie
Manager Shane Carling still expects Loch Ness to have to hold off their title rivals at the top of the NCL. Picture: James Mackenzie

“We’ve got a lot of tough games coming up so we need to keep taking each game as a cup final.

“I’ve said that to the boys, every game now is a cup final. We did all the hard work up to Christmas, but this second half of the season is going to be even harder. There will be more pressure on the boys.

“Teams will want to beat us being top of the league. Eight points sounds and looks good, it’s a lot of points, but I certainly don’t see it as a big gap.

“There are a lot of hard games and big games coming up, so we just need to keep winning. That’s all we can do.”

Knowing that two of their rivals at the top of the table were playing each other last weekend in Invergordon and Halkirk United was all the extra motivation Loch Ness needed to sweep Nairn County A aside and consolidate their spot at the top.

“I said to the boys that if results go our way, and we win, we’re in a better situation,” Carling said.

“I said at half time that if we want to win the league, we need to win, because I’m seeing the scores coming in and I’m seeing that Halkirk and Invergordon are 2–2.

“For us to go and do that, and look at the league table, we’re in a really strong position.”


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