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Bonar Bridge manager wants more self-belief when players return from injury to face Invergordon

By Alasdair Fraser

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Bonar Bridge manager Rob Mitchell is looking for greater belief from his players when they square up to a strong Invergordon side tomorrow.

A good start to the league season saw the Migdale men draw 4–4 away to Alness United and then twice come from behind to beat St Duthus at home, with a late Fraser MacLeod winner.

Results hit the buffers, though, in their last two outings, with a 4–1 beating at Thurso in the Football Times Cup first round and then last Saturday’s 4–0 trouncing away to early leaders Halkirk.

In mitigation, Bonar will welcome back five players missing from last weekend’s defeat, with Adam Mackay and Liam Flett back in contention.

Jack Mitchell, Andrew Gow and goalkeeper Nat Valente are all also available again.

Bonar’s Andrew Gow, back available this weekend, tussles with Thurso’s Allan Munro in the latter’s recent 4–1 victory.
Bonar’s Andrew Gow, back available this weekend, tussles with Thurso’s Allan Munro in the latter’s recent 4–1 victory.

Mitchell is wary of Invergordon’s strength but is looking for his team to get on the front foot and attack with confidence in front of what is likely to be good, vocal home backing.

He said: “We’ve lost two difficult away trips and every game is going to be hard this season, but we’re looking to do ourselves a bit more justice in the next few games coming up.

“Hopefully that begins on Saturday. I’m asking the players to have a bit more belief. The work ethic is certainly there. Those games where we lost four might have been eight last year.

“We’ve asked them this year to be a wee bit braver and we’re certainly looking for them to be a bit more attacking against Invergordon than we have been in the last two games.

“We’ve a good few players coming back this week, so we’re confident – but it is going to be a hard game.”

Mitchell rates Invergordon as the North Caledonian League’s most consistent performers of the last four years, but he believes home advantage could come into play, adding: “Playing at home in Bonar is a big thing for us because we do get great backing there.”

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