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Fort William 1 – 11 Buckie Thistle
The Fort William defence could be forgiven for feeling a sense of déjà vu on Saturday after conceding 11 goals for the second time in two weeks against a rampant Buckie side at Claggan Park.
Buckie’s 10-goal winning margin was identical to that in the Fort’s opening Highland League match last week against Rothes, bringing their total goals conceded to 38 in their three league and cup matches this season.
The Fort looked to be off to a decent start against the 2016/17 Highland League champions, with the defence holding out against a strong forward line.
It took until the 18th minute for the visitors to break the deadlock, with Declan Milne opening his account for the Jags. Andrew MacAskill then doubled Buckie’s lead before he got his second to make it 3-0. Milne then doubled his scoring for the day to put Buckie four to the good.
Fort William responded with a goal of their own from the penalty spot after new signing Andrew Reid dispatched the spot-kick.
Allen MacKenzie and Lewis MacKinnon then netted on the stroke of half-time to make it 6-1 at the break.
Buckie upped the ante in the second half and put the Fort William defence to the sword with a scintillating attacking display.
Sam Robertson got on the scoresheet on the hour mark before Milne completed his hat-trick four minutes later. Forward MacKenzie managed to get the ball in the new to notch his second of the game in the 74th minute.
The Fort continued to play and put pressure on Buckie but were just not strong enough to hold back the waves of attacks and prevent another double-figure scoreline.
With just three minutes left of regular time, MacAskill completed his hat-trick and take Buckie’s tally to ten for the afternoon.
Not content with that, Buckie continued to press into added time and managed to get their 11th goal in the 95th minute thanks to Shaun Carroll.
The defeat leaves Fort William rooted to the bottom of the table.
The Fort were playing away to Huntly in the league last night (Wednesday) after the Lochaber Times went to print.
Fort William will be looking to improve on their opening results of the Highland League this Saturday as they host Turriff United for a 3pm kick-off at Claggan Park.
Buckie’s Drew Copeland is tackled by Brandon Lopez. IF F32 Fort Buckie 02. Photo: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos.
Fort William’s Jordan Morrison matches the stretch of Buckie’s Lewis MacKinnon. IF F32 Fort Buckie 02. Photo: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos.