They came, they saw and they conquered. Two months after gaining glory in competitive mainland football, Lewis and Harris FC want to do it again.
And team manager Billy Flower is hoping his rejigged squad can repeat the trick in the Jock Mackay Cup.
“Whilst we had an excellent, historic campaign in the North Caledonian Cup this will be a totally different challenge for us,” remarked Flower.
“We will not be so underestimated now as our opponents will be well aware of what we have achieved over the past six months. However, I hope that the North Caledonian experience will also be of huge benefit to our own boys. They now have the experience of playing at the very top at this level and hopefully, in this forthcoming campaign, they will now be able to relax a bit and play the football which I know they are capable of. They are already training together and we will now start to focus on a very difficult quarter final tie against Thurso in Dingwall on the 24th January.”
Missing from the squad which soared to the dizzy heights of winning the North Caledonian Cup at only their second ever attempt will be a trio of key stars with stopper Stuart Flower, midfielder Donnie Macleod and striker Innes Iain Morrison all missing through a combination of injury and unavailability, but in their place Flower has picked a pool of 19-players which will be whittled down to 16 in time for their scheduled Jock Mackay Cup clash with Thurso.
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