Limbering up for HAM Cup

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Back FC are flying the flag for the Western Isles this weekend as they bid to become the first team from the isles to bring the Highland Amateur Cup back across the Minch in six-long years.

The Broadbay Blues are heading for the home of established SPL outfit Inverness Caley Thistle to take on favourites Avoch in the showpiece final.

It is a re-run of the 2004, which Back won in glorious Dingwall sunshine, and Back boss Iain Maclennan is hoping he is able to call upon a full compliment of players.

Chief goal-grabber Fraser Macleod is on holiday in America but the teen could play a part as rumours circulate he is jetting home early while waiting in the wings is veteran striker Kevin ‘Bloxy’ Murray who scored in his side’s previous triumph.

The heartbeat of the Avoch side is former Celtic and Caley Thistle star Charlie Christie who, although now very much in the twilight of his career, remains a class act on the ball and he will be their danger man.

Charged with putting the shackles on him and also with providing the bullets for the Back strikers will be the Blues midfield duo of Ross Hall and Martin Maclean who have become integral cogs in the Back machine.

Avoch have already claimed a Hebridean scalp this season when they edged Carloway out in the semi-finals but the island side did find, and exploit, gaps in the Avoch rearguard which gives Maclennan every confidence in his side’s chances.

““The lads are looking sharp and if we can come out of the Aths match unscathed then I should be able to put my best eleven out on the park on Saturday,” he insisted.

Kick off is at 12.30pm with two supporters buses leaving Ullapool once the ferry arrives.