INVERGORDON manager Gary Campbell has no doubt they cannot afford to lose to North Caledonian League leaders Loch Ness if they are to retain any hope of winning the division.
Invergordon sit in second place, seven points behind Loch Ness before entering the top of the table on Saturday.
Victory would see them close the gap to four points with one game less going into the final kilometer.
Given the gap between the two teams, Campbell says victory is vital in Inverness tomorrow.
“It’s a game we have to win,” admitted Campbell.
“Although we have a game in progress on Loch Ness, we have to make things much closer with a win.
“We’re going for a win on Saturday.”
Campbell also admitted he didn’t think Loch Ness would be the main contender for the title this season and paid tribute to what they have achieved this campaign.
But given that they won the Inverness and District Amateur Football Association Premier Division in 2021, they have always been aware that they have a squad full of talent.
“I’m a little surprised at how well Loch Ness has done this season.
“I know they did well in the amateur league last summer and they managed to continue their form in the North Caledonian league.
“But there are still games to play and it always gets tighter towards the end.”
Invergordon suffered a meltdown in the second half of last season after being runaway leaders in the first half of the campaign as they squandered the chance to win the NCL for the first time since 2017, Golspie les ahead of the title.
Campbell says the significant Loch Ness advantage doesn’t mean the title chase is over yet.
“We’ve been in their position a few times before where we were top and didn’t win the league, so we know what can happen,” he said.