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Brora Rangers face playing two games almost every week in the Highland League due to fixture pile-up

By Will Clark

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Brora Rangers are scheduled to face Strathspey tomorrow. Picture: Callum Mackay
Brora Rangers are scheduled to face Strathspey tomorrow. Picture: Callum Mackay

BRORA Rangers are facing a hectic second half of the Highland League campaign as they look like playing twice a week until the end of the season.

The Cattachs have been informed by the Highland League that midweek matches are scheduled to start from Wednesday, January 24 in an attempt to finish the season as scheduled.

Brora Rangers have been cursed by postponements this season and they have only played 12 league matches so far. They have 22 matches to fit inbetween now and when the season finishes on Saturday, April 13. The season finishing on that date is a priority for the Highland League to coincide with the League Two play-offs.

Manager Ally MacDonald says Brora are looking to remain contenders for the Highland League title and knows that due to the lack of matches played so far, will be facing at least two games most weeks. But he is confident he has a squad capable of meeting those demands.

“It is going to be a challenge,” admitted MacDonald.

“It has been announced that the midweek games are going to start on January 24.

“I have worked out that it looks like that we will only have four Wednesdays free between January 24 until the end of the season.

“Our fixtures are really piling up and every call off we have is just going to eat away at that.

“We are away at Strathspey Thistle on Saturday and already the weather is not looking great.

“If that is off, we are looking at playing almost twice a week for the rest of the season.

“The good thing is with the size of squad we have they can help us get through it.

“From my perspective, it does make things easier as all we are doing is playing games.

“There is not too much training to think about and just look to win games and keep the momentum going.

“But my worry is that we are not even into the real winter yet.”

Brora Rangers will hope they return to action on Saturday when they take on bottom of the table Strathspey Thistle at Grantown on Spey.

Despite Strathspey being at the bottom of the table, MacDonald says they are a far improved outfit from last season.

“They are bottom of the league, but since Rob MacCormack has taken over as manager, they are a far more organised outfit,” he said.

“They are a tough team to break down and the games we have had since Rob took charge of Strathspey have been challenging matches.

“They are difficult to break down.”

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