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Highland must get result to keep National One leaders Biggar within reach


By Will Clark


Highland head coach Dave Carson says defeat tomorrow could put National One league leaders Biggar out of sight.

Highland have moved into second place in the league and reduced the gap with Biggar to five points.

But having played a game more, defeat in South Lanarkshire could see Biggar move up to 10 points clear.

Highland can move level on points with the National One leaders if they can pull off a league double over Biggar. Picture: Callum Mackay
Highland can move level on points with the National One leaders if they can pull off a league double over Biggar. Picture: Callum Mackay

Only the champions go up to the Premiership and Carson says avoiding defeat is vital to stay in the title hunt.

“You can’t get much bigger than this,” he said.

“We have slipped up a couple of times whereas they have had just one defeat from us. “They are obviously gunning for us and they are on their own patch.

“But the way we have played in the last few weeks has been really pleasing and I feel that we have turned a corner.

“We have been working hard for each other and we need to do the same again.

“There will be a big crowd down there as they are a well supported club just like ourselves.

“If Biggar win they will be 10 points in front if they get the bonus point.

“It will probably put them out of sight. But I would prefer to have points in the bank rather than games in hand.”

Biggar have picked up bonus points in all 10 matches they have won this season.

Their defeat at Canal Park is the only time this season Biggar have not picked up any points during the 2019/20 campaign.

Highland have won nine of their 12 matches in the league this season.

Carson says Biggar’s record is impressive this season, but is confident after beating them once, they can do it again.

“The win helps us to go down there and think that they are not unbeatable,” he said.

“It was a fantastic game where they battered us for half an hour and we got two tries at the end not even giving them a bonus point.

“We will look at the videos to see where they have improved and look at how we can exploit gaps.

“There is no reason why we can’t do it again.”

Last week, their 57–21 victory against Cartha Queen’s Park was the only match to go ahead in National One due to winter conditions cancelling all other games.



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