Fort William suffer narrow home defeat to Keith FC

FORT V KEITH 17/8/19 Fort’s Ross Gunn tackles Michael Selfridge. Picture Iain Ferguson,

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One goal was the difference at Claggan Park on Saturday as Keith narrowly beat Fort William.

Still searching for a first win of the season, the Fort came close to picking up some points but were ultimately consigned to their fourth defeat of the season thanks to a first half strike from the visitors.

There was a good crowd as Fort fans from as far away as Yorkshire and Leamington Spa travelled to watch the team in action.

Lochaber MSP Kate Forbes even made a detour from her summer tour to Claggan to catch the game and meet the board.

The Fort’s shaky start to the match was further blighted when skipper and centre-back John Treasurer went down injured clutching his knee after 25 minutes.

Despite attention from the physio on the pitch, it was clear Treasurer could not continue and he was helped back to the changing rooms, before making a trip to Belford Hospital.

John Treasurer is helped off the field by teammates.
Photographs: Iain Ferguson,

As the home side tried to re-organise, with Kyle Farrance taking to the field, Keith picked their time to strike and the opening goal came from Adam Clark in the 33rd minute. The goal came as a sucker punch for Fort William, who had dominated spells in the opening 45 minutes. The second half started much the same, with the home side pressing for an equaliser. The pressure was beginning to mount on the Keith defence as a number of their players picked up bookings.

However, despite long periods of possession and well-worked attacking moves, Fort Wiliam could not create a clear-cut chance for themselves as the clock ticked towards full-time.

The defence, in the mean time, had recovered from the loss of Treasurer and remained steadfast in keeping out the Keith forwards.
The final whistle blew to the frustration of the Fort but there was much cause for optimism among the Claggan faithful after another encouraging performance which saw the team narrowly miss out on points.

Saturday’s defeat leaves the side with no points at the foot of the table, still level with Clachnacuddin, Forres and Huntly who are all winless so far this season.

The Fort were in action last night, after the Lochaber Times went to print, against Rothes in the Pat Munro North of Scotland Cup. This Saturday the quest for a first league win in more than two years continues for the Fort as they travel to Fraserburgh.