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North West Sutherland league clubs on Highland Amateur Cup duty

By Will Clark

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Lochinver 3 Dornoch 4. Photo: David Haines
Lochinver 3 Dornoch 4. Photo: David Haines

SEVEN clubs in the North West Sutherland League are in the first round of the Highland Amateur Cup which takes place tomorrow.

The biggest tournament in Highland Amateur football has returned after three years due to the impact of the pandemic.

Only Melvich have opted not to take part in the competition this season, with seven clubs in the division set to compete tomorrow afternoon as they look to progress to the second round.

Golspie Sutherland came through the preliminary round last month with a 3–2 victory over Castletown.

They face a tough task to progress to the second round of the competition as they travel to face Thurso Academicals at The Dammies.

Lochinver will fancy their chances of progressing to the next round as they face struggling Caithness Second Division outfit Thurso Pentland at Culag Park.

Helmsdale United face a tough challenge as they take on Caithness First Division outfit High Ormlie Hotspur at Couper Park.

Dornoch City face a massive task to make the second round of the competition as The Zeebs face holders Wick Groats at The Meadows.

Lochbroom will fancy their chances of progressing to the next round of the competition as they face John O’Groats in Ullapool as they make their return to the competition after eight years in abeyance.

One North West Sutherland League team are guaranteed a place in the second round next month as Inver are set to face Lairg Rovers at Osprey Park.

Thirteen teams from Caithness are also taking part in the north section of the tournament.

They include four Caithness derbies, which includes Thurso outfit Top Joes facing Dunnet heavyweights Pentland United who have won the Highland Amateur Cup a record eight times, with their last triumph in 2018.

First Division outfit Staxigoe United, who reached the final in 2017, should be favourites to beat Thurso Swifts.

There is an all second division clash as Watten host Keiss at Watten Park.

Meanwhile First Division clubs Lybster and Wick Thistle are scheduled to clash at Cow Park.

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