Lewis and Harris FC to be at full strength

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Billy Flower has confirmed that despite an injury scare he will bring the same 17-man squad to the final that competed in the semi-final.

An ongoing injury concern had left the Lewis and Harris manager preparing to travel with just 16 men but now he has confirmed plans to take on Golspie Sutherland with a full compliment of 17 players.

It means Lewis and Harris will take on the biggest 90-minutes in their history in top condition with the prize of the North Caledonian Cup up for grabs.

“The boys have been training superbly well and it has been so encouraging to see how hard they have all worked towards this big cup final,” said Flower.

“We are all really looking forward to the final now and it has come around quickly.

“We had considered the option of going away a day early for an overnight stay before hand but the boys have all expressed their preference to continue with our usual routine and we will make a day trip of it.”

Standing between Lewis and Harris FC and glory are a Golspie Sutherland side which has been well scouted by the island bosses.

“It was a really worthwhile trip to come away and watch Golspie play Alness last weekend,” continued Flower.

“Both Dano (Macdonald) and I made the trip over to watch them and it was good. We can see Golspie will give us a tough game and we need to be ready for it.

“To me they seem to be a street-wise, experienced team and one who can score plenty of goals. They are unbeaten in the league but they play on a very tight pitch at home which helps them.

“I think having the game played at Alness with the bigger park will suit us and the way we play more.

“Although we won our semi-final against Shetland we all know we can play far better and I believe we will in the final and we will need to.”

Lewis and Harris FC take on Golspie Sutherland in the North Caledonian Cup Final this coming Saturday (November 22) at Dalmore Park, Alness with a scheduled kick-off time of 1:10pm.

A supporters bus will take travelling fans from Ullapool.