Richie Brittain’s Ross County Reserves will face stiff competition over the coming days as they head to Aberdeen-shire for a Highland League double-header. Facing two top SHFL sides, the Reserve squad will travel to North Lodge Park to face Formartine United on Saturday and Harlaw Park to face Inverurie Loco Works on Monday evening.
At North Lodge Park, Brittain will come up against a former team mate in Paul Lawson, who is now manager for the Pitmedden based team. Lawson, who spent 6 years in Dingwall as a player, has assembled an extremely strong squad for the next Highland League Campaign that boasts former Staggies Stuart Anderson and Archie McPhee. With Cove’s departure to League 2, Lawson will be hoping to drive his Formartine side to the league championship this campaign.
Meanwhile, Monday nights opponents Inverurie will also be looking to challenge for silverware in season 2019/2020. Loco’s, who finished 5th in last years Highland League, won 20 of their 34 games and scoring 96 goals in the process.
On the friendlies, Reserve Team Manager Richie Brittain said “Its going to be a really tough challenge for our boys. They know that they are going up against two top quality Highland League sides, both of which finished in the top 5 last season. Given the fact both teams scored a lot of goals last season its going to be a stiff test for our young defenders but that is how they will learn. These are exactly the type of games we want the boys to go through, to really test themselves. A lot of the players in both Inverurie and Formartine teams are experienced, and will provide a more physical challenge for some of our lads but we believe they are capable of going out there, learning, developing and taking everything they can from these games.”
Formartine United v Ross County Reserves
Saturday 20th July 2.00pm KO
North Lodge Park, Pitmedden
Inverurie Loco Works v Ross County Reserves
Monday 22nd July 7.30pm KO
Harlaw Park, Inverurie