Hutchi­son grate­ful to be back on track

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KINGUSSIE stal­wart James Hutchi­son was de­lighted to see the Bade­noch side end their re­cent poor run on Satur­day, mind­ful of the pres­sure of last sea­son’s rel­e­ga­tion fight,

The in­ter­na­tion­al­ist re­mains one of the most dec­o­rated play­ers in the sport and his goal, along with a Savio Genini hat-trick, helped Kings over­come Lochaber 4-2. That win moved them into a com­fort­able mid-ta­ble spot but an­other loss could have put them into the ner­vous zone.

Hutchi­son has landed Premier­ship ti­tles and Ca­manachd Cups ga­lore but doesn’t want an­other rel­e­ga­tion scrap in the twi­light years of his lauded ca­reer. “We don’t want to be in the same sit­u­a­tion as last year. I don’t know why Lochaber are at the bot­tom end of the ta­ble, but we need to make sure we are tak­ing points off teams in those po­si­tions if we are to avoid an­other rel­e­ga­tion bat­tle.

“For a cou­ple of weeks, we were not per­form­ing. It was like we had short mem­o­ries af­ter 2015 so it was good to get back on track.”

Hutchi­son has re­turned to the for­ward line, where he started out as a young player and his ex­pe­ri­ence and eye for goal is pay­ing div­i­dends. It is a wel­come change af­ter play­ing the lion’s share of his years as a an­chor player in a highly suc­cess­ful side.

New­ton­more re­turned to the top on goal dif­fer­ence af­ter a 3-2 home win over Kin­lochshiel. Kyles beat Lo­vat 5-0 to stay on course in the ti­tle race, with Oban de­feat­ing Glen Urquhart 2-0.

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