Maclellan and Forbes form striking partnership

Iain MacLellan puts away SLT’s first goal. Photograph: Iain Ferguson,

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SLT – 4; Rothesay 1


South Lochaber Thistle ran out convincing winners against Rothesay Brandane in a friendly encounter in Kinlocheven last weekend.

A strong Jags squad ran out on the right end of a 4-1 score line with goals from Iain Maclellan (2), Dave Forbes and Martin Munro.

Maclellan, on his return to the club, looked to be in top form and turned out a man-of-the-match performance. The former Highland league striker forged a dangerous partnership with founding father and evergreen forward Dave Forbes in the Jags front line.

The partnership was a threat from the start. It took only 15 minutes for MacLellan to open his account for the afternoon.

A Martin Munro corner was flicked on to towering midfielder Andrew Maclean and MacLellan touched back inside and fired into the roof of the net.

Forbes followed his partner onto the score sheet only three minutes afterwards to make it 2-0 to the home side. MacLellan was set free by the midfield and when his shot was saved by the Rothesay keeper, he squared the ball to Forbes, who made no mistake.

MacLellan bagged his brace as the first half wound down to the break. Full back Sean Noble impishly scampering along the wing after some tight interplay between Forbes and Maclean. When the ball arrived at the back post, MacLellan made no mistake.

The second half saw Rothesay rewarded with a goal of their own as a free kick outside the box was rifled in and met with a dainty glancing header to reduce the arrears to 3-1.

Finally, the scoring was concluded by skipper Martin Munro exchanging passes with MacLellan and then skipping in off his wing and scoring with trademark aplomb.

Some excellent play from both sides saw the centre back pairing of Lopez and Stevie Neil having to marshal the defence but, when they were beaten, young goalkeeper David Wilson was in superb form.

Manager Alan Gray made a raft of substitutions as the game went on, allowing players such as Liam Gilchrist and Bradley Cameron and Cameron Melrose some much-needed game time.

Speaking after the game, Gray said: ‘We are very grateful to Rothesay for making the trip and we will be looking to return the favour in the near future.

‘We played some very good football in patches and it was good to get a game against opposition we’ve not played before. The squad is developing depth and it was great to get as many people as possible some game time.

‘It was also excellent to welcome Maccy back to the team and, with other new addition Lewis Moran and stalwart Martin Munro, we have a forward line which could cause trouble for any opposition.’

South Lochaber Thistle will take on Dunoon away next week in another friendly encounter.