Fon Wil­liams happy to use his head or any other body part

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IT WAS one of those close your eyes and hope for the best mo­ments. And no, we don’t mean the ac­tions of the suf­fer­ing spec­ta­tors who en­dured this fairly grotty af­fair and would’ve been for­given for cov­er­ing their een and pray­ing for bet­ter things.

The mo­ment in ques­tion was pro­vided by Owain Fon Wil­liams, the Inverness Cale­do­nian This­tle goal­keeper, who some­how man­aged to keep out Ade Azeez’s close range prod from barely two yards and helped en­sure that the strug­gling High­landers at least plun­dered a point from a largely turgid tus­sle.

As the ball dropped invit­ingly for Azeez, it seemed a for­mal­ity that the vis­it­ing This­tle would snatch the lead,but a spread­ea­gled Fon Wil­liams man­aged to get some­thing in the way to de­flect the ef­fort onto the bar. His shoul­der? His ear? Per­haps even a bit of his con­sid­er­able beard? When you’re the last line of de­fence, it doesn’t mat­ter what re­pels the as­saults.

“The ball has bounced in the six-yard box and as a goal­keeper you have noth­ing to lose as the player has beaten you due to the size of the goal,” re­flected the Welsh­man. “All I could do was make my­self as big as pos­si­ble and try to put him off and thank­fully it hit me on the head and bounced off the cross­bar. If it means stop­ping it with my back­side or my face, I don’t re­ally care.”

Mo­ments af­ter that in­stinc­tive in­ter­ven­tion, Fon Wil­liams con­jured a more con­ven­tional block as he hurled him­self to his right to beat away Chris Ersk­ine’s curl­ing at­tempt.

Fon Wil­liams cer­tainly made a point as Inverness grabbed one for them­selves. Now level with Hamil­ton at the foot of the Lad­brokes Premier­ship, the two teams prop­ping up the di­vi­sion will go toe-to-toe to­mor­row night in a prover­bial six-pointer. Cale­do­nian This­tle haven’t won in the league since last Oc­to­ber, a bar­ren se­quence stretch­ing to 11 games, but with ill­ness and in­jury af­flict­ing the ranks – Gary War­ren and Greg Tansey both bat­tled on de­spite be­ing laid low with a vom­it­ing bug the night be­fore – this was viewed as a highly positive re­sult.

“I have to praise our lads,” added Fon Wil­liams. “We had a cou­ple of ill­nesses which kept them up all night so credit to them for rolling their sleeves up and giv­ing it a good go. We made it as dif­fi­cult as pos­si­ble for Partick to play through us.

“You can’t hide here. There is no room for play­ers to feel sorry for them­selves. We have to get on with it, we have to fight, and that’s what our lads did here. We have that fight­ing spirit here and we’re show­ing it. Ev­ery game is a huge one.

“Hamil­ton are with us but there won’t be one game big­ger than the other.

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