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Fort William 0, Lossiemouth 2
This was the battle of the league bottom dwellers, with the game being switched from an unplayable Claggan Park at Fort William to Grant Park on Saturday.
Almost half an hour of a tense first half had been played before Fort had any shots on goal, while the Coasters had two chances, one of which forced Fort keeper Daniel Hoban into action to stop a near post strike.
It was in the 29th minute when Fort’s Connor Moore had a chance but the ball hit the wrong side of the post from a tight angle.
Three minutes later and Lossie’s Kyle Willis’ effort needed a fantastic save from Hoban to keep a clean sheet.Just before time and Fort’s Roddy Kennedy had a shot blocked, leaving the scoreline 0-0 at half time.
Kennedy saw another effort go wide shortly after the restart and on the 57th minute mark, Wiilis’ determination paid off when his shot saw the ball find the net making it 0-1.
But Fort were not giving up without a fight and five minutes later the hard-working Kennedy saw his shot hit the bar, while Rafal Mendyk’, who came on for Moore in the 59th minute, saw his shot off the line..
The final nail in Fort’s coffin, however, was not long in coming when, on the 81st minute mark, Liam Archibald prodded home his side’s second goal to seal the win.
Fort manager Calum MacLean admitted his side just were ‘just not at the races, plain and simple.’
MacLean continued: ‘We just weren’t very good on Saturday. The weather was pretty bad with a really strong wind, but I’m not making excuses – we didn’t have enough passion, there were too many touches. In the end Lossiemouth wanted it more.
‘We’ve done well on the road in the last few games with a couple of wins and a draw. But we gave up home advantage on Saturday and Lossiemouth have now picked up two wins at home against us. I think we could’ve taken them if the game had been at Claggan.
‘There’s talk about going away to play games if they can’t be fulfilled at Claggan – we’ve got to get some dry days.’
MacLean also said it was important to remember how young a lot of his players actually were: ‘As I’ve said before, some of these are only kids – 16 and 17 years old. So they’re going to have inconsistent days.’
Looking ahead to the home game – hopefully – this Saturday against Huntly, MacLean said his side have to get back to winning ways.
‘We’ve got to get off the bottom of the table. That’s the immediate aim and it’s certainly achieveable. I’m confident we can do that – I don’t think we can play as bad again as we did on Saturday.’
*Fort William are due to host Huntly on Saturday at Claggan Park with a 3pm kick off.