Mackie take on un­beaten In­ver­ness men

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - SPORT -

There are no fix­tures in Cale­do­nian Di­vi­sion 1 to­mor­row, giv­ing the clubs in the sec­ond tier the op­por­tu­nity to take cen­tre stage.

In Ca­ley 2 North, 2nd High­land will bid to re­main the only un­beaten side in the di­vi­sion when they go to Stonehaven to play a Mackie FPs side that has yet to win a game.

The In­ver­ness men sent out a strong mes­sage last week that they will be the side to beat af­ter their com­pre­hen­sive 53-12 win at home to Aberdeen­shire.

Barny Hen­der­son, the Shire head coach, re­mains up­beat de­spite the set­back.

He said: “High­land are a good side, ben­e­fit­ing from hav­ing play­ers who oc­ca­sion­ally get a game in Na­tional League 1. But we learned a lot from the de­feat.

“Our game away to Mo­ray presents an op­por­tu­nity to get back on track, but it’s early days. We now have a sec­ond team which will stand us in good stead in what is go­ing to be a long cam­paign.”

North Po­lice are qui­etly mak­ing their own case, hav­ing pushed High­land all the way in a nar­row 31-29 de­feat in Aberdeen in Septem­ber.

It makes them strong early can­di­dates for pro­mo­tion, given that High­land can­not go up by virtue of them hav­ing a team in Na­tional 1.

A trip to Banff for Po­lice should hold no fears against a Duff House side that has con­ceded 97 points in two starts.

Po­lice have also beaten 2nd Aberdeen Gram­mar, who can­not be writ­ten off, es­pe­cially as they have young play­ers as­pir­ing to claim a place in their own high-fly­ing Premier­ship side, and 2nd Gram­mar should have too much pace and power for Ross Suther­land at Ru­bis­law.

The main fo­cus in Ca­ley 3 North is the top-of-thetable clash at King’s Col­lege where Aberdeen Univer­sity will bid to leapfrog lead­ers Shet­land.

The top game in Ca­ley 4 North is be­tween third­placed Fraser­burgh who en­ter­tain sec­ond-placed Aberdeen Univer­sity Medics.

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