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Fort William Football Club have plenty positives to take away from a week which included a management reshuffle and two testing matches.
On Wednesday September 6, Fort William faced Nairn County and picked up their first point of the season with a 3-3 draw.
Goals from Rory and Ben Williamson for Nairn County along with former Fort captain John Treasurer put the hosts in the lead at half-time with a Robbie Foster free kick keeping the Fort in contention at 3-1.
The second half belonged to Fort William with trialist Scott Graham grabbing a goal on his debut then Robbie Foster with his second from the penalty spot.
A point on the board and a strong second half performance from Fort William gave the team a much-needed boost before the long journey north to face Wick Academy three days later.
Line up vs Nairn: Hunter, goalkeeper; Nyembwe; Fangas; Caulker; White; Owusu-Barnieh; Foster; Brew; Graham, trialist; Kalbah and Tshibikubula.
Onto Saturday and it was Harmsworth Park that hosted the league action.
Fort William came out the blocks looking to attack Wick and their high tempo paid off when Marios Avraam scored after 16 minutes with a well-taken finish.
Wick began to come into the match, working the ball well in possession and took their chance when Andrew Hardwick scored on the 33rd minute to make the half-time score 1-1.
Wick took the lead half way through the second half when Jack Halliday scored what was described by many as ‘a screamer’ from 20 yards.
Up until this point, there hadn’t been much to separate the teams and Fort didn’t have much time to process the goal before they were further behind when Davie Allan stuck a header in the back of the net on the 73rd minute.
Fort William did chase to try pull the home side back but the match finished 3-1 to Wick Academy.
Line up vs Wick Academy: Hunter, goalkeeper; Nyembwe; Fangas; Caulker; White; Owusu-Barnieh; Foster; Brew; Avraam, Macdonald 76’; Kalbah, Evans 61’, and Tshibikubula.
This week Fort William face Strathspey and Buckie Thistle on Wednesday and Saturday respectively.