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Golspie Sutherland add experience to squad for new North Caledonian League season


By Will Clark

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GOLSPIE Sutherland have bolstered their squad ahead of the new North Caledonian League season which starts for them at Thurso tomorrow.

Wick Academy midfielder, Sam Mackay, has announced his retirement from Highland League football. Picture: Mel Roger
Wick Academy midfielder, Sam Mackay, has announced his retirement from Highland League football. Picture: Mel Roger

Former Wick Academy midfielder Sam Mackay has signed for his home town club and Golspie have also signed former Halkirk United player Stuart Sinclair.

Manager Andrew Banks says he is delighted to capture the signatures of both men as they look to challenge for the league title this season.

“Sam’s experience speaks for itself and Stuart is the same as he has played at North Caledonian League level for the last 10 to 15 years,” he said.

“Having experience in the squad is something which I think we have been lacking for the last couple of years.

“So it as an area that we have certainly strengthened in now.”

Golspie warmed up for the new season with a 3­-2 victory against Orkney last weekend.

Robbie Murray, Connor Cormack and Eddie Macgregor scored the goals for Golspie.

Banks says the performance of the squad was more important than the scoreline, but was pleased with both.

“Last Saturday wasn’t about the result, it was about trying to pick up from where we left off last season,” he said.

“It has taken us a while but hopefully we’re back to where we were.”

Golspie Sutherland were challenging for the North Caledonian League title before last season was declared null and void due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Banks is confident that Golspie can be among the frontrunners again, but with only six teams in Division One, knows every game will count.

“This season you will see a lot of teams taking points off each other,” he said.

“Nobody is going to run away with the title. But Golspie are always there or thereabouts so we will be disappointed if we’re not challenging.”

Bonar Bridge kick off their season in the North Caledonian Cup when they host Halkirk United in the second round after both teams got a first round bye.



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