High­land’s new year tar­get as they head south

The Press and Journal (North-East) - - SPORT - BY DAVE ED­WARDS

High­land hope to keep their Na­tional 2 ti­tle charge go­ing with a vic­tory at Glas­gow High Kelvin­side to­mor­row.

But High­land head coach Davie Car­son is tak­ing noth­ing for granted.

He said: “We have two games left now be­fore the Christ­mas break and the aim is to win them both.

“We said be­fore last week’s 32-14 home win against Falkirk that we would try to pick up 15 points be­fore the fes­tive break as that would set us up nicely again for Jan­uary.”

Car­son added: “GHK are a team full of young boys and they were cer­tainly quick in the backs when we played them up in In­ver­ness ear­lier in the sea­son.

“We saw that they pushed Pre­ston Lodge all the way last week­end un­til the very last minute be­fore even­tu­ally go­ing down 25-20 at home.

“Pre­ston Lodge were a fair side when we played them so we know that it’s not go­ing to be a walk in the park this week­end.

“We’ll just have to be pre­pared for a bat­tle, take our time and hope­fully get the scores we re­quire.”

The High­land coach fired a word of warn­ing over his side’s slow start last week­end, de­spite their even­tual vic­tory.

He said: “If we start as we did last week­end at home to Falkirk we could find our­selves in a bit of trou­ble.

“We talked at train­ing this week about how im­por­tant it is to start games bet­ter and not just ex­pect to win games like this one with­out earn­ing the right

“Noth­ing comes for free, es­pe­cially in this league.

“On our way to Na­tional 2, on oc­ca­sion games have been all over by half-time but in this league ev­ery club fights un­til the 80th minute.

“We have won and lost games in the fi­nal minute this term.”

Car­son had en­cour­ag­ing news re­gard­ing the squad.

He said: “We will have back-row for­ward An­drew Find­later back re­freshed af­ter play­ing in tem­per­a­tures of 30 de­grees for eight days in a ju­nior tour­na­ment at the Dubai Sev­ens.

“In ad­di­tion, Erem De­meril, who plays in the sec­ond row, will take the place of Sean Blair, who is un­avail­able, and the backs will stay as they were.”

“We need to start games bet­ter”

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