Vale hit Fort for six

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Deveronvale 6 – Fort William 0
Highland League

Fort William were comfortably beaten on Saturday despite a spirited defensive performance.

It took a late flurry of goals from Deveronvale to make this a comfortable win in the end, after the home side were made to work for their lead in the opening 80 minutes of the match.

The first half saw Vale create a number of chances but a resolute Fort defence, helped by an inspired performance from goalkeeper Calum Ligertwood, kept the half-time score to 2-0.

Vale opened the scoring after 13 minutes after a neat passage of play that saw Robbie Allan slot past Ligertwood. Twenty minutes later the home side got their second from a penalty, awarded for a handball in the crowded Fort box. Grant Noble coolly slotted the ball home for his eighth goal of the season.

The second half saw further sustained pressure on the Fort goal but, again, keeper Ligertwood pulled off a number of fine saves. Another Vale goal was inevitable and Kev Adams duly put the ball in the net on the hour mark from a corner.

The home side continued to press for further goals, but a number of attempts went over the bar, past the post or were saved by the Fort keeper.

The final 10 minutes saw Vale play with a bit more fluency and penetration and further goals came from Robert Scott in the 83rd minute, Lewis Dunbar in the 87th minute and Liam Forbes in the 89th.

The win moves Vale up to ninth place in the SHFL while Fort William remain rooted to the bottom of the Highland League.

The Fort are at home this Saturday against Wick Academy.