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Lossiemouth 2- 2 Fort William
Fort William finally got their Highland League campaign up and running with a hard-fought draw against Lossiemouth in a mid week tie.
The long evening journey didn’t show in the first half as the Lochaber men matched their east coast counterparts, going in at the break tied at 0-0.
When Lossiemouth went ahead through a Ryan Farquhar after 54 minutes, Fort heads didn’t drop. The visitors fought back and equalised on 72 minutes thanks to a Jack Lingard strike.
Lingard’s goal sparked a chaotic five minute spell. Lossie regained the lead just three minutes later with Ryan Farquhar scoring his second, before Barna Tot levelled the scores again on 78 minutes.
Both teams pressed hard to find the winning goal but there were to be no more goals in the fixture, with the points being shared between the clubs.
Fort William made the journey back to Lochaber content with their first point of the season which gets their league campaign underway after a frustrating month of opening fixture defeats.
Inverurie Loco Works 4 – 0 Fort William
Following on from their battling 2-2 draw against Lossiemouth midweek, the Fort travelled to Aberdeenshire to take on Inverurie Locos on Saturday.
The Lochaber side were missing a number of notable players and were forced into fielding a slightly weaker team than in previous weeks. Undeterred by this, they
Neil Gauld opened the scoring for the Locos after 16 minutes but, as in the midweek fixture against Lossiemouth, Fort William remained resilient and saw out the first half at 1-0.
After regrouping at the interval, the Fort came out in the second half in search of an equaliser. Unfortunately for the visitors, Locos’ Neil Mclean slotted a penalty into the net to double the home side’s advantage.
Fort William had very few sights of goal and the Locos defence snuffed out anything that came their way.
A second goal for Gauld and another from Jordan Leyden rounded off the scoring for Inverurie, consigning Fort William to a 4-0 defeat.
Fort William remain bottom of the Highland League with that solitary point. The Fort return to Claggan Park this Saturday (September 9) as they face Fraserburgh in league duty.