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McLeod demanding improved Clach display on Canal Park return

Former Clachnacuddin boss Sandy McLeod.
Former Clachnacuddin boss Sandy McLeod.

Clachnacuddin manager Sandy McLeod hopes his side can do themselves justice when they return to their temporary Canal Park home against Forres Mechanics on Friday.

The Lilywhites were defeated 1-0 by bottom club Fort William in front of a bumper crowd of around 700 earlier this month, in the historic first senior football match played at home of Highland rugby club.

The Inverness venue, which has an artificial pitch, is being used to accommodate Clach while their home ground Grant Street Park remains out of use following a fire on Christmas Eve.

McLeod was left deflated by his side’s loss to Fort, and he is determined to put on a better showing against the Can-Cans.

McLeod said: “It was a big disappointment, especially with the big crowd that was there. We just never performed.

“When you get a big crowd like that it gives you that extra boost. For whatever reason it just never worked that night.

“Everyone has games like that. Hopefully that was a one-off, and on Friday we can get a response from the boys and give Forres a game.”

No date has yet been fixed for Clach’s return to Grant Street Park, with their next scheduled home match at home to rivals Nairn County on February 15, with McLeod hopeful the restoration work can be completed quickly.

McLeod said: “The prices have gone out to do the job, so I just wish it would get sorted so we can get back in as quick as we can. It has been dragging on but sometimes it just takes a wee bit of time.

“Hopefully it’s not too far away, because we just want to get back to playing at home instead of playing at the rugby park.

“We just have to deal with it.”

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