Jags weather the storm to earn a share of the spoils

Man of the Match Dave Forbes dodges a Calderglen opponent. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos.

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South Lochaber Thistle 3-3 Calderglen AFC
Greater Glasgow Premier League Division 1

Despite a bad start to the calendar year which saw South Lochaber Thistle put out of two cup competitions, the first game in February sees the Jags still undefeated in league action, writes Peter Newman.

In a topsy-turvy encounter played in finest Highland monsoon conditions, the Kinlochleven-based outfit and their visitors had to settle for a point apiece at the conclusion.

It was the visitors who made the best of the opening exchanges. Their first goal arriving from a lofted cross at a corner.

However, utility winger Sean Noble was in a commanding mood and soon had the Jags back level.

Usually a full back, Noble really was in imperious form playing further up the park. After turning his man, Noble drove in to the box for Marc McLean to take a shot. When his effort bounced out Andrew Maclean leathered it in with help of a big deflection off the defender. Farcical it may have been, but 2-1 up was excellent news for the hosts.

Calderglen, too, proved to be made of stern stuff, however, and following a counter attack scored from a corner.

Thistle took the lead again when Noble hit a left footed cross which the wind caught to deceive the Calderglen keeper.

The final goal in this breathless encounter saw Calderglen also using the elements to their advantage. Lofting the ball in high, it looked like the defender was going to clear it but, fooled by the wind, he misjudged the trajectory and the ball slumped into the striker’s path who finished with no mistake.

Manager Alan Gray said: ‘This was not a fun game to be involved with.

‘The weather did not make things easy for either side and I think we have to be content with a point.

‘Although we are still undefeated in the league, I believe we have a lot more to come from this side.

‘There were real positives. Up top Archie Gillies was in fine form, our veteran founder and midfield powerhouse Dave Forbes was voted man of the match and Sean Noble proved he can be as much of a handful on the pitch as off it.’

Main photo: Man of the Match Dave Forbes dodges a Calderglen opponent. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos. NO_F06_SLT V CALDERGLEN 02