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Jason Golabek pleased to see Inverness Athletic still riding high after picking up first North Caledonian League win of season ahead of home match against Golspie Sutherland


By Andrew Henderson

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Jason Golabek says the Inverness Athletic squad have had an added swagger about them since picking up their first victory of the North Caledonian League season.

Two weeks ago they thrashed Bonar Bridge, putting seven goals past them to close the gap at the bottom of the table.

Last week, though, Athletic had a free Saturday in the 11-team division just when they would have wanted to capitalise on their glint of momentum.

They now look towards hosting defending champions Golspie Sutherland on Saturday, and Golabek insists there is no lack of belief that Athletic can go and get a result.

“There was certainly a change in their mentality and attitude,” Golabek said.

“There was a spring in their step walking into training last week. We just hope that continues this weekend.

Inverness Athletic have generally struggled to pick up results this season – but they are unbeaten so far against Golspie Sutherland. Picture: Callum Mackay
Inverness Athletic have generally struggled to pick up results this season – but they are unbeaten so far against Golspie Sutherland. Picture: Callum Mackay

“They’re able to compete with any team in the league, I keep telling them that, it’s just that when you’re on a run of losing games, it’s difficult to get out of it.

“You just need that one win to change everything.

“We’ve played Golspie twice already this season, and we’re confident ahead of playing them this weekend. We have no fear of playing them.”

The form table would have Golspie as the favourites on Saturday, but Athletic are unbeaten in the two games between the teams already this season.

Golabek’s side may be bottom of the table, but he maintains there is still a long way to go in the campaign, adding: “It’s not a crisis at the moment I would say, I wouldn’t say it’s a must win game.

“There are still nine games left. We’ve got two games in hand over second bottom, so I don’t have alarm bells ringing yet.

“I’ll be putting a team out to win on Saturday.

“We’ve got to start climbing the league, that’s the main goal. It has been a hellish first half to the season, so we’re hoping for a better second to finish the season strongly.”


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