Weakened Fort William squad lose out to Inverurie Locos
‘ We knew it would be difficult, we had 14 players missing’
WITH fourteen Fort William men missing, manager, Ally Ewen, sent out a young squad of new players to take on Inverurie Locos on Saturday.
The Claggan side held their own in the first half and were just 1- 0 down when the whistle blew, but Locos dominated in the second half and the Fort were 3- 0 down an hour into the game before a controversial goal, dubbed a foul by Ewen, gave the visitors the fourth goal and the points.
Ewen said: ‘We knew it would be difficult as we had 14 players missing between work, holidays and family bereavement. We were still looking for a keeper on the morning of the game. It was a big ask for the young boys I put out there, but having said that, they did really well compared to last week’s performance, particularly in the first half.
‘The ball slipped right through the keeper’s hands in the first goal and I couldn’t really complain about the second and third, but I think the fourth should have been a foul. The referee wasn’t giving us anything though, so all we could do was bite the bullet and get on with it.’
Despite the unflattering score, Ewen said there were positives to take from the game: ‘David Moffat’s performance really stood out for me on Saturday. I’d call that his best performance in a Fort shirt. Stefan MacRitchie played really well too. That was his first game back after a long injury and he did really well.’
This weekend, the Fort travel north to play Wick Academy, who finished fourth in the league last season.
Ewen thinks Wick will be out for revenge after an unexpected 3-2 victory for Fort William the last time the teams met in March.
He said: ‘This is going to be another hard game and I definitely think they’ll be after some kind of retribution after the last time. I already know I’ll be missing Darren Quigg [vice captain] and Iain Foggo but we’ll give them a game and have a good go at them.’
Fort William’s next home game is against Deveronvale on Saturday August 22.
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