Big Weekend for Caithness

by Jack Nixon Caithness face a challenging run in to the end of the season in which their first team has performed with distinction, and could yet end their campaign in Caley Division 1 in third place should they win their three remaining games, setting fourth placed Ellon the target of winning their four last games. But while the Thurso side’s head coach Ewan Boyd is focused on beating Glenrothes home and away and Blairgowrie, the former Boroughmuir player also has the welfare of his second team on his mind, particularly as they are within two wins of being crowned Caley 4 North champions, given that results elsewhere in the division go their way. “It has been an exciting season, especially after the trauma of Covid, and all its restrictions. We saw it as a development year, but are pleasantly surprised to be in the running for third place in the top Caley league and the possibility of landing a league title in Caley 4 North, “ said Boyd. The icing on the Caithness cake comes in the shape of the newly formed Caithness Women’s team who in their first season in Caledonian National North have won three of their six games, and next week all three Caithness teams will be on the A9 south to meet fixture obligations. “Our firsts will be at Glenrothes, while the seconds will be following up this week’s trip to Dyce with one to Deeside. The Ladies in the meantime will be taking on Aberdeenshire Quines at Woodside.It’s an expensive exercise but that’s the price of success. Additionally we’ll be looking for a bigger venue for our annual dinner, but it’s all a most welcome pressure,” said Boyd. Elsewhere in the north Caledonian area Ellon are home to Aberdeen Wanderers. But the real excitement of the day is divided between Banchory where Deeside meet 3rd Highland and Aberdeen where Dyce host Caithness, and with all four in contention for the Caley 4 North title, losing is not an option for any of the protagonists, while even victory does not guarantee landing the honours. As it stands Dyce have a two point lead over Caithness who in turn are two ahead of 3rd Highland who are one point ahead of Deeside. Dyce have only one game remaining while the other three contenders have it all to do again next week.

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