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

Thrills and spills in pro­mo­tion race

- BY JACK NIXON

While Ross Sutherland are bat­tling to bring back hon­ours to the Ca­ley area to­mor­row, El­lon and Gar­i­och will be get­ting on with the busi­ness of winning pro­mo­tion from Ca­ley 2 North.

The two Aberdeen­shire sides are the only ones left stand­ing in the race for the title, with a wafer­thin dif­fer­ence be­tween them go­ing into the home straight.

Sam Moun­tain, head coach of ta­ble-top­ping El­lon, con­ceded it was now a question of who can hold their nerve as the cli­max of sea­son looms.

He said: “There’s noth­ing re­ally sep­a­rat­ing us from Gar­i­och. We have three games left to play and they have four.

“If we both win with max­i­mum points, we’ll both end up on 90 points, though we have a su­pe­rior points dif­fer­ence.

“Who­ever blinks first is likely to lose out, but it’s a great way in which to end the sea­son.”

El­lon look to have the tougher test to­mor­row de­spite hav­ing home ad­van­tage with in-form Mackie FPs look­ing to spoil their title hopes.

Gar­i­och meet Shet­land at Kel­lands Park and, given the dif­fer­ence in league standings, will be favourites to land five points.

Head coach Dave Duguid is not tak­ing any­thing for granted. He said: “We are pleased to be where we are with such a young side. Ev­ery game will be a cup tie, in­clud­ing two games away to Ross Sutherland and RAF Lossiemout­h.”

The run-in to the con­clu­sion of Ca­ley 3 North is equally tense but likely to be re­solved at Duff House, with Kin­loss Ea­gles and North Po­lice Scot­land in a double-header in which eight or pos­si­bly 10 points are up for grabs de­pend­ing on how the bonus points are dis­trib­uted.

The neu­tral ground of Banff will make for a spe­cial end to the sea­son and should at­tract a de­cent crowd.

“Who­ever blinks first is likely to lose out”

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Ross Sutherland broth­ers

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