Saturday 17th October
Macleod & MacCallum Ness Cup League
Inverness Athletic v Nairn County
Pavilion Park, Muir of Ord
Inverness Athletics’ Macleod & MacCallum Ness Cup League season finally kicks off this weekend, as they welcome League new boys Nairn County to Pavilion Park, Muir of Ord. It has been a long 219 days since football was rightly suspended by the SFA due to the Coronavirus outbreak, as everyone up and down the country was put into lockdown. Now 6 months on, we are able to get back to playing the sport we all love, and competitive football is back in our new/familiar surroundings of Muir of Ord.
This weekend we welcome Stuart Finnie and his young Nairn County side to Pavilion Park, for what is sure to be a tough opener for Jason Golabek and his new look squad. Golabek has overseen a total rebuild of the squad over the past 6 months, with only two players returning from last season. Golabek, along with new team of Mark Russell and Donnie Hossack, have assembled a hungry, young group of lads who have shown during a tough pre season that they are more than capable of playing at North Caledonian League level.
The Club has returned to Pavilion Park, Muir of Ord.
“We have had a tough pre season both on and off the pitch this year, as myself, Mark and Donnie had to totally rebuild the squad from last season. We gave the lads a tough pre season with games against very good, well organised sides and they faced that challenge head on, which is pleasing to see. Today’s game against Nairn County will be another tough afternoon’s work. It may well be Nairn’s first full season back competing in the league but that does not mean they can be taken lightly. Stuart Finnie always has his teams well prepared and will have his lads fired up for this game as they will want to start their season with the win. We have told our players what we expect of them today and to be fair to them have trained very well both nights this week as we look to start the season with the three points.”
The manager, due to the total rebuilding of the squad, will hand competitive club debuts to a number of players. There could be a “second debut” for two returning players, Ryan Keil, and Ryan Macleod who have both resigned for the club for the coming season. Club captain Liam Symonds is available along with new signing Connor Smith, who signed on Friday. Liam Smith will unfortunately have to sit this weekend’s game out with a back injury.