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Undefeated Loch Ness looking to put right the wrongs from last season and move top of the North Caledonian League with win against Orkney on Saturday


By Will Clark

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HAT-TRICK hero Phil Macdonald says Loch Ness are looking to prove a point this season which has resulted in them making an impressive start to the North Caledonian League campaign.

Phil MacDonald. Picture: Donald Cameron
Phil MacDonald. Picture: Donald Cameron

The forward scored three goals in the 4-1 victory over his former club Inverness Athletic last week to move them within one point of leaders Halkirk United.

They could go top tomorrow if they defeat Orkney at Bught Park, as it is the only league match being played.

The club made their debut in Division Two last season where after an excellent start, they fell away badly to finish fourth.

But with wins at Thurso and Athletic, Macdonald says there is determination to show how good they are.

“All the players who were with the club last year have a point to prove as we were extremely disappointed with last season,” said Macdonald.

“We knew we let ourselves down last year as we lacked creativity, didn’t threaten the goal enough and were suspect at the back.

“This season, we are really focused on doing right what we did wrong last year.

“But all the boys are happy with the results so far and we have more depth in the squad this season.

“Even when we are missing first-team players we can still get results which is something to look forward to.”

Macdonald says they are looking to replicate their second-half performance against Athletic to defeat Orkney tomorrow.

He says the opportunity to go top of the table is all the incentive they need to grab a victory.

“We are going into competitions looking to win them and are not thinking about anything else,” said Macdonald.

“We have got the players in the squad who are capable of doing that.

“Our team will look to keep applying the pressure, and hopefully look to stay at the top of the league if we go top on Saturday.”


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