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By Ally Rowantree.
Fort William 0
Saturday’s trip to Fraserburgh marked the end of a dramatic week for Fort William Football Club with defeat to Rothes followed by the bombshell news that all of the club’s Highland League and Cup games had to be played away from Claggan Park.
Focused on putting the news behind them, Fort manager Ashley Hollyer named a much-changed starting 11 at Bellslea Park, with Alexander White captaining the side as club captain Danny MacKintosh could only make the bench after picking up a thigh injury.
A few other key players were missing or only able to make the bench. Play got under way after a minute’s silence was observed in memory of Rothes Football Club Secretary Garry Davies.
Fraserburgh took the lead after 20 minutes when Garry Harris slotted home past Fort keeper Kulbacki. Scott Barbour doubled the lead for the home side and sent Fort William into the changing rooms 2-0 behind at half time.
With 61 minutes played, Fort William conceded a harsh penalty when Jamie McConnell brought down the Fraserburgh striker. Garry Harris stepped up to add his second and Fraserburgh’s third to further dampen the Fort’s spirits. And only six minutes later the job was complete for Fraserburgh with a well worked goal and a great finish from Harris completing his hat-trick (4-0).
Despite Fort showing signs of the work that’s being put in at training, this challenge was one too big with credit being given to a good Fraserburgh side who will be hoping to find themselves competing for the league title this season.
Speaking after the match, club captain Danny Mackintosh said: ‘Fraserburgh are a top side and a well-organised outfit. You can see why they are up there, challenging for the league.
‘It was a difficult afternoon for the lads. We have a very young squad and some key players missing so we knew it was going to be tough. Four-nil wasn’t the result we wanted but I’m proud of the boys as they fought right until the final whistle. Each week we are learning more and more and becoming a stronger outfit.
‘Unfortunately the news earlier in the week is gutting we but we have to deal with it and we will use this as motivation to give our club the fans and something to be proud of this season.’
Fort Wiliam: Kulbacki, Wallace, Scott, White, Caulker (Owusu-Barnieh 14) Kane (80), McConnell, MacKenzie, Brew, Avraam, Moore, Foster (Rydings 86)
Fort’s next game is away to Fortmartine United on Saturday.