The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands)

In­juries big­ger con­cern for New­ton­more than cup draw

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The ex­ten­sion of New­ton­more’s list of injured play­ers is more of an im­me­di­ate con­cern than be­ing drawn away to Lo­vat in the MacTav­ish Cup semi-fi­nal.

The Ei­lan men will go in to to­mor­row’s match with Caber­feidh at Strath­p­ef­fer with four out injured plus a fifth sus­pended.

Man­ager Paul John Mack­in­tosh said: “The semi-fi­nal is what it is, the way our luck has be­ing go­ing we could hardly have ex­pected a home draw.

“We usu­ally have good games with Lo­vat, who we haven’t played this sea­son yet, but May 19 is a bit away and that tie will take care of it­self. We’re just scrap­ping week to week in our present situation and we’re very short of ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers for the Cabers trip.”

Seasoned de­fender Nor­man Camp­bell has joined the ca­su­alty list with a groin strain, while Paul Macarthur is out with a ham­string prob­lem.

They join Jamie Robin­son and Craig Ritchie (injured), Steven Mac­don­ald (ill) and Evan Men­zies, who misses the sec­ond of his two-game sus­pen­sion.

Ryan Mackay re­turns from sus­pen­sion but Jamie Mathieson is out injured for Caber­feidh.

A minute’s si­lence will take place be­fore the match in mem­ory of for­mer Caber­feidh player, man­ager and pres­i­dent Robbie Taylor, who died last weekend.

Lo­vat, who tackle Lochaber at Spean Bridge, can go joint sec­ond top if they win but Lorne Mackay is un­avail­able.

Man­ager Fraser Gal- lacher said: “Lorne gave us a choice of which weekend he would be out and we’ve opted for this one as Drew Howie is out next week.

“We have Scott Macken­zie and Chris Johnston back for the Lochaber trip and Martin Main­land came through a sec­ond-team out­ing last week and could re­turn to the squad.

“As for the semi-fi­nal, nei­ther New­ton­more or our­selves have any fear of each other, but we’re happy the tie is at Kil­tar­l­ity.”

Lochaber have a double blow with Brian Mac­don­ald and Martin Johnston ruled out for work rea­sons but Dun­can Mackin­non re­turns and man­ager Neil Mac­Don­ald will be among the sub­sti­tutes for a match which could see his team leap three places in the ta­ble if they win.”

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