November is shaping up to be a crucial month for our 1stXV as we look to kick-start our league campaign and progress in the North Bowl.
After a disappointing start to our league campaign which has seen us draw once, win once, and lose twice, it is vital we get wins on the board if our ambitions for promotion are to be realised.
It seems that a few crucial injuries at the start of the season have really hampered our progress and we haven't been able to field our strongest XV or indeed the same starting line up in consecutive games. We have had to rely on several players playing out of position, and bringing in new players and last year's U18s earlier than perhaps we would have liked but all credit to them for taking on the challenge, it is very much appreciated.
We need to look forward now and it should have started this Saturday with a home league fixture against Aberdeen Grammar 2ndXV but they have been unable to raise a team. They have been deducted league points and the game has been rescheduled to 16th February.
There's no let up for the Autumn Tests either with scheduled fixtures on each weekend.
On Saturday 10th we host Mackie Academy FP at 2pm. Despite last week's loss at Canal Park they have been going great guns with a blistering start of three straight wins before that.
Saturday 17th is going to be massive.
We continue our quest to retain the North Bowl with a home Quarter Final tie against RAF Lossiemouth (1330 KO), which is the day Scotland play South Africa.
We have played them twice this season already, both at Lossie, losing heavily in the Brin Cup (this is the match we sustained several injuries and ended up with 13 on the pitch), and drawing 29-29 in our opening league fixture.
By law of averages surely we're due a win???
Interestingly RAF Lossiemouth have also been unable to field a team for this weekend's fixture at Banff. Again, a big home support could help spur the lads on to a Semi Final appearance.
On the 24th - the day Scotland play Argentina - we make the short trip to Inverness to play Highland 2nds. They are undefeated and top of the league so this will be a huge game. We have played them once this season in the Brin Cup where we lost a very close game by 5 points.
Things are getting exciting folks. Get yourself to Invergordon for our home games and give the #MightyStags your support