Lewis and Harris FC prepare for Sutherland test

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Setting sail into uncharted waters can be daunting.

The choppy seas or the jagged rocks lurking beneath the surface, or the concern over as-yet-undiscovered sea monsters.

The Good Ship ‘Lewis and Harris FC’ sets sail into those uncharted waters once again TODAY (Saturday, September 20) with the compass pointing towards Dingwall and the North Caledonian Cup.

For just the second time in their history our footballing representatives are following their treasure map, ready to be pioneers, raiding Sutherland United in an attempt to plunder and return home with the bounty of a place in the semi-final.

Setting sail for the North Caley Cup is a trip our boys have only ever made once before but buoyed with a year’s experience under their belt Billy Flower’s squad are hoping to secure safe passage through the turbulence of what promises to be an epic quarter-final clash at the Highland Football Academy.

“I’m delighted with the quality of the squad I am able to announce for this game,” beamed Flower this week as he confirmed the squad to the Stornoway Gazette.

“It is a squad which gives us a variety of team formations and a squad of whom all are eager to get a starting place.

“Unfortunately Ali “Barvas” Macleod has picked up an injury which rules him out and Angie Campbell and DJ Macdonald are both unavailable due to work commitments.

“There are one or two players carrying knocks into this game but the squad have been training since the Orkney game and have trained well and are looking sharp.”

Last October saw the newly formed Lewis and Harris Football Club make history by taking ‘An Ath Cheum’ (the next step) of competitive mainland football for the first time but they were eliminated at the first hurdle after a North Caley Cup baptism filled with white-knuckle moments .

See this week’s Stornoway Gazette to read the rest of the big match preview and don’t miss next week’s for the full report, reaction and pictures from Dingwall.