Kinlochleven edge win in end to end friendly

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Kinlochleven finished their first game in over a year with a win in a topsy turvy thriller against Nevis Range at the Kinloch Astro.

A well taken Mark Maclean opener saw the visitors take an early lead but the home side soon drew level through an exceptional, arching, long range strike from Mikey Maclean.

The hosts then nudged themselves into the lead as Maclean finished comfortably to edge ahead.

However, Nevis Range were not to be down heartened and they soon equalised through a powerful header from Ryan Boyle.

It was then the turn of the visitors to take back the lead, with Paul MacInnes showing brilliant movement to outfox the defence and steer in a deft finish sliding finish to move the score to 3-2.

After the break, Kinloch really stepped up the pressure. Long-range efforts from Lewis Moran, Ally Banks and Sam Moffat all went high or wide before Dan Maclean followed in a Mikey Maclean shot and put away a coolly taken finish level the scores once more.

What turned out to be the winning goal came as the home side continued to press forward. Another Maclean shot fell to Banks who made no mistake with a powerhouse finish to settle the scores at 4-3.

Despite several chances falling for Nevis Range in the last 10 minutes, the rock at the centre of Kinloch’s defence, Scott Didsdale, keeper David Wilson and midfield general Ross Maclean proved equal to the task.

Manager Matthew Prosser said: ‘We wanted to extend our thanks to Donald Macneil and Nevis Range for coming down for this friendly and for getting the lads some football.

‘We’re a young team with debuts for Neil Minnis and Ellis Nicolson tonight and it’s just great to see boys getting the chance to play.

‘We played some good stuff and the match was played in a good spirit. We’re looking forward to the rematch in the New Year.’