STORNOWAY Rugby Club are preparing for their own Survival Saturday as their place in the North Caledonia Division 2 hinges on the outcome of their fixture.
A stunning late run of form has seen Stornoway win their last two games on the bounce but they must complete a hat-trick of successive wins this Saturday if they are to dodge the drop.
Saturday’s encounter with visiting Banff, who have finally confirmed they will be making the trip across the Minch, is crucial to the club in their bid to stave off relegation.
The match against Banff will take place on Bayhead at 3pm and as it is Stornoway’s final match of their league campaign, club chiefs are putting on a hog-roast, BBQ and refreshments for all.
Stornoway Rugby Club coach Angus ‘Bubble’ Mackay admits his side face a tough task against a side which ‘blew Stornoway away’ in their away clash earlier in the season, but he is determined to bring the season to a close in a positive fashion.
He said: “We are pretty much at full strength and we’re delighted to be able to welcome back in Jerome Curran and John Campbell so we have a full compliment of players to choose from.
“We have given ourselves a good chance by playing so well in the last two matches while Lochaber have also fallen off in that same time.
“But to get off the bottom of the league we need to firstly win then hope Lochaber lose their own game elsewhere. Hopefully that will happen as we are picking up a bit of momentum just now while Lochaber aren’t playing very well just now.
“Our game will be very difficult as Banff blew us away over there although we did have a weaker squad than we have available for this weekend.
“We have enjoyed healthy crowds this season and hopefully that can continue on Saturday. The weather is set to be nice so to thank everyone who has helped and supported us this season there will be a hog-roast and BBQ and ice buckets with drinks on the side. Fingers crossed we are celebrating our place in the league at the same time.”