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Buckie Thistle 4-1 Fort William
Fort William FC made the 300-mile round trip to play Buckie Thistle last Saturday where they faced the second from the top side at Victoria Park.
First blood in the match went to Buckie with a goal from a header early in the game while Fort’s Abdul Ahmed scored an equaliser about 30 minutes in.
Unfortunately for Fort, Buckie put another away shortly afterwards, seeing the players going back to the dressing room with a half time score of 2-1 for the home side.
Fort also fought hard throughout the second half, the team working well together but not managing to stop another two goals from Buckie.
The Jags’ Sam Urquhart converted a penalty kick about 10 minutes into the second half, followed by another from Jack Murray in the 73-minute, making a final score of 4 -1 for Buckie.
While Fort FC may have hoped to do better, they were always going to be up against it with such a strong, long-established opposition but still came home with a more than respectable result after giving a great performance, praised even by Buckie fans on social media.
One said: ‘Buckie fan here. Well impressed by Fort today especially in the first half. Fort were well in the match at half time. Reckon you lads will beat quite a few teams during second half of the season’, while another commented: ‘Fort William played brilliant today. Massive improvement in team from new coach and team’.
Fort Manager Shadab Iftikhar told the Lochaber Times: ‘It was a close game which was decided by one key decision.
‘The team is doing well, working hard and giving everything for the shirt, the town and fans. I am really proud of them.’
Next up for Fort is a trip to Harlaw Park to face Inverurie Loco Works.
Fort line up was :-
1. Mateusz Kulbacki
2. Joshua Niblock
3. Jordon Thompson
4. Aidan Taylor (C)
5. Niels Lellouch
6. Darren Brew
7. Brian Mabhena
8. Taylor Kelly
9. Diakete Diallo
10. Adam Morris
11. Mohamed Aboiftah
12. Diste Sylla
14. Igor Sani
15. Abdullah Ahmed
16. Sean Muchenje
17. Yusuf Makda
19. Lewis Rogan (GK)