Stornoway Rugby Club will meet a Highland side who have been something of an unstoppable force in Caledonia League Division Two North this season with a double prize on offer in the shape of the RBS North Regional Bowl Final and a league game.
The Bayhead battle between visiting Highland and Stornoway is a double-header with silverware and precious league points on offer but the island side face the most difficult of challenges to become the first side to halt the runaway Highland train.
In 18 matches played this season, 14 in the league, Highland have won them all and the scale of the challenge facing his men isn’t lost on Stornoway Rugby Club coach Angus ‘Bubble’ Mackay.
“On paper we don’t even stand a chance but on the pitch we will do our best and see if we can take something from it and at least make things as difficult as possible for them,” he insisted.
Stornoway were awarded a place in the Bowl final after their scheduled semi-final opponent Wanderers called off their tie for the third successive time teeing up a double header bout with Highland.
“We didn’t hear from Wanderers until late last Friday that they couldn’t field a team,” explained ‘Bubble’.
“It was the third straight weekend they had called the game off and as such we were handed a passage into the final to play Highland.
“It will be a very difficult match given how strong Highland have been this season but I think our guys will relish the chance to play against the best on offer.
“To be honest Highland shouldn’t be in our league though as they are far too strong with a huge catchment area and top facilities.
“Player-wise we are pretty short for the weekend too and a few of our regular boys are offshore but that’s just the way it is and we have to get on with it. We are all looking forward to it and we have to play the best if we want to improve and if we want to win things.
“We have absolutely nothing to lose so we can relax and just try and play rugby. We have an idea of what we want to do and we will try and do it.
“There is a big gulf between the two teams and they have a huge physical presence and really quick backs but games are never won on paper and we will give it everything we have.”
Stornoway vs Highland is scheduled for an 11am kick-off at Bayhead this coming Saturday.