- Published: Wednesday, 31 July 2013 12:04
- Written by Andy Skinner
The pre-season predictions have now firmly reached the top half of the table, and as we close in on Saturday's kick-off a full table of predictions from our pundits is nearing. http://www.hflhub.co.uk reporter Andy Skinner is first to put forward his tip for 7th place.
7th Place: Forres Mechanics
Last Season: Prediction: 4th Actual: 9th
P 34 W 16 D 7 L 11 GD 29 Pts 55
Post Season Positives:
Stability. Forres have retained the bulk of their squad, just as they did last summer, meaning their side still has the same face as that which won the title a year ago. The return from injury of Lee Fraser to that comes as a huge morale boost to everyone at the club.
Post Season Negatives:
The drop in the table from the championship-winning campaign. There were reasons for it, with Mechanics having several injuries throughout the campaign, but Charlie Rowley will be aiming to prove that the squad he has is still capable of being right in amongst it.
Lee Fraser. While it's important not to put too much pressure on his young shoulders upon return, the difference he was making to the side in the final few games of last season was telling. He'll be more hungry than ever to make up for lost time, and comes into the side well prepared after a run in the team at the tail end of last campaign coming before a full pre-season.
Forres can rightfully lay claim to one of the strongest starting elevens' in the league when everybody is fit. Charlie has added carefully to his squad, with two promising Inverness City players coming in to increase his options. There will be a huge desire at Mosset Park to improve upon last season. While I think they will, the fierce competition for places in and around the top half of the table can mean improvement isn't always rewarded as hoped. A rise by two places, and edged out by the narrowest margins by the side directly above them. 7th