Covid strikes again

Caley Preview Jack Nixon Just when rugby supporters around the Caley area were looking forward to a weekend of thrills and spills along comes a situation which has decimated the schedule. While most clubs have taken advantage of Scottish Rugby’s offer of a voluntary break on Saturday,protecting them from further spread of Covid, there are two games scheduled to go ahead in the Caledonian Leagues. The most significant being the top of the table clash in Caley Division 1 between leaders Orkney and second placed Dunfermline at the McKane Park where a win for the islanders would take them six points clear of the Fifers, and with two games in hand would be strong candidates to go into the national leagues . Not that Orkney head Garry Coltherd was taking anything for granted, this despite his team, running out 25 - 9 winners when the two met on league business in September in Kirkwall. “Dunfermline are big but mobile side who pushed us all the way and will no doubt be much better at home, but we’re ready for the challenge and have put in some good training sessions this week for what is a vital game,” said Coltherd. The other game to survive is the vital promotion game at Canal Park where in Caley 2 North, 2nd Highland meet Moray. The home team cannot be promoted by virtue of having a team in a higher league but can put a spoke in the wheel of Moray’s chances, while opening up the way for Aberdeenshire who are currently top of the division but have played two more games than their two opponents. Cameron Hughes, the Moray player coach said: “It’s a huge game but a great opportunity for us. It’s sure to be a close game. The last two meetings have ended in draws.”

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