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Brora Rangers aim to get into the Wick of it in Highland League Cup


By Will Clark

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Manager Craig Campbell says he is expecting another tough north derby as Brora Rangers head north to face Wick Academy in the Highland League Cup first round.

Clachnacuddin v Brora Rangers, Grant Street Park, Inverness...Brora central defender Mark Nicolson and Clach striker James Anderson....Picture: Callum Mackay..
Clachnacuddin v Brora Rangers, Grant Street Park, Inverness...Brora central defender Mark Nicolson and Clach striker James Anderson....Picture: Callum Mackay..

Both teams find themselves in different halves of the league with Brora in sixth place, 10 points behind leaders Fraserburgh but with two games in hand.

Wick Academy are having one of their worst seasons since entering the Highland League in 1994 languishing in 15th place with only one win all season.

The Scorries are going into the game after suffering a 6–0 home hammering by Inverurie Locos while Brora Rangers defeated Turriff United 4–0 at Dudgeon Park last weekend.

Campbell says Brora will go into the north derby as favourites to progress, but says regardless of Wick’s form, is expecting a testing encounter.

“We have no doubts that it will be another tough game against Wick,” said Campbell.

“But we should be going up there with confidence that we can put on another good performance.

“It is a derby so we know what to expect, we’ve never had an easy game against Wick and it is always a bit of a battle.

“There is no hiding place and we will no what to expect.

“We are the favourites to win without being disrespectful to Wick as they are going through a transition period.

“They are not as strong as they have been, but I won’t take anything away from them as when you go up there, they give you a hard game and we will give them all the respect that they deserve.”

Brora Rangers will heading to Wick without Martin Maclean, Gregor MacDonald and Tom Kelly for tomorrow’s clash.

Campbell says the Highland League Cup is a chance to win a trophy and is a competition they are placing a lot of importance on.

“Any cup we go into is important,” said Campbell.

“To be successful at Brora, you need to be winning trophies, we know it is vitally important that we take this competition seriously and look to get into the next round.

“We are looking to try and win it.”


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