Ross County F.C. kicked off their preseason schedule today with a 3-1 victory over Highland League Side Brora Rangers F.C. at Dudgeon Park in Brora. It was a typical preseason affair with County fielding entirely different sides in both halves with an eye towards every players getting in his touches and building up to match fitness. It’s hard to know how much to read into who played together, how much, and in what half, but it appears as though the team that played in the first half was more of the “first team” with Michael Fraser, Scott Boyd, Grant Munro, Paul Lawson, Stuart Kettlewell, Richard Brittain, and Iain Vigurs- all starters during most of last year’s campaign- starting the match.
If there’s anything to be taken from this match it is probably that striker Sam Morrow scored two of the County’s three goals (the other came courtesy of Stuart Kettlewell). Morrow- a former Northern Ireland U21 international- saw limited playing time last year, but when he did play he tended to be productive. Averaged out, he was good for three goals every four matches last year. Anything resembling that kind of contribution this year will serve the club well by pushing Colin McMenamin, Steven Craig, and new signing Gary Glen.
County return to action this Saturday when they take on another Highland League side, Turriff United F.C., at The Haughs in Turriff. This match will serve as the first event in a testimonial year for Turriff captain David MacKenzie who is celebrating a decade of service with the club. The day after this match the Haughs will host an Olympic warm-up match between the womens teams from Cameroon and Northern Ireland.