Caithness will need to find some form on the road according to new head coach Ewen Boyd after the Thurso side collapsed to another big defeat at Howe of Fife.
Although the Cupar outfit are vastly improved having surged into the National 3 promotion frame in recent weeks, Boyd rued his side’s lack of travelling form following the 78-10 reverse.
It contrasts with the Greens’ form at Millbank, where Caithness have recorded victories over Perthshire and Carrick in their last two home outings.
Boyd, whose side return to action at home to Murrayfield Wanderers on January 11, said: “We are a completely different side away from home and we must make inroads into our poor record, although given the distances we have to travel and changes in personnel each week we are on the road, it is tough.
“We competed for much of the game against a very good side, but had no answer to their pace and focus.”
Caithness were always chasing the game, conceding 12 tries, but managing two of their own in the midst of the scoring mayhem.
Boyd must lift his side for the challenge of keeping them in the national leagues.
He said: “We never gave up, as the unconverted tries scored by Hamish Coghill and Rhys Taylor proved. We are just above Perthshire and Carrick, the two sides in the relegation area, but will need to get off to the best possible start in the new year if we are to stay there.
“I believe we can do it, given the spirit in the club.”
Highland’s National 1 game at Gala was called off after the death of 23-year-old player Lewis MacDonald last week.