Fort Wil­liam face tough test away to league lead­ers

The Oban Times - - Sport -

FORT WIL­LIAM travel to face league lead­ers Brora Rangers this week­end, with the club man­age­ment un­der no il­lu­sions how dif­fi­cult a task they face.

The Lochaber side’s New Year got off to a false start on Satur­day, when their first fix­ture was post­poned. The pitch at Clag­gan Park was deemed un­playable due to the freez­ing con­di­tions, mean­ing the Press and Jour­nal High­land League tie against Keith will be re­played at a later date. Man­ager Ally Ewen did put his play­ers through their paces in a closed- door friendly, how­ever, in a bid to boost match fit­ness, as they aim to claw them­selves up from se­cond-bot­tom of the divi­sion.

Ewen’s side make the near three-hour jour­ney to Dud­geon Park on Satur­day to face Brora, who have scored an in­cred­i­ble 100 goals al­ready this sea­son in 25 games.

The Suther­land side are hot favourites to take the ti­tle this sea­son and make it three-in-arow in the league’s top tier.

Fort vice- chair­man David McDon­ald said the side would go into the game hop­ing that they could cause Brora some prob­lems.

‘Hope­fully we can frus­trate them,’ he said.

‘ We need to be­lieve be­fore ev­ery game we can take some­thing out of it. The last time we played them we never got play­ing un­til we were 3- 0 down, and man­aged to bring it back to 3-2 and then 5-3, and missed a last minute penalty. So you never know what could hap­pen.

‘One prob­lem this sea­son has been con­sis­tency of com­pet­i­tive games. You might play one game then be off the next two or three weeks. You can al­ways do some train­ing but it doesn’t get the lads match fit.

‘But by the looks of the sched­ule we could be play­ing Satur­days and Wed­nes­days al­most un­til the end of the sea­son now with the fix­tures we still have to play, which I’m sure the lads will be happy with.’

Man­ager Ewen will have the op­tion of play­ing three young sign­ings who have boosted his squad in the past few weeks, in­clud­ing one who signed from this Satur­day’s op­po­nents.

Adam Por­ritt, 21, who can play in a num­ber of po­si­tions, has signed an 18-month con­tract with Fort, af­ter more than two years play­ing with Brora. De­scribed by man­ager Ewen as hav­ing an ‘amaz­ing range of pass­ing, al­lied with a keen eye for goal’, it’s hoped he can add some fire­power to the side.

Join­ing Adam is Conor MacPhee, 17, who moves from Clach­nacud­din, hav­ing risen through the ranks since start­ing with the In­ver­ness side aged just six. He has al­ready made one ap­pear­ance for Fort Wil­liam against Buckie This­tle as a tri­al­ist at right-back.

Striker Scott David­son makes up the hat-trick of sign­ings for Fort, hav­ing signed at the turn of the year. Scott has al­ready scored a brace for the club, against Hil­ton FC on Jan­uary 6.

Satur­day’s tie with Brora kick­soff at 3pm.

Fort Wil­liam man­ager Ally Ewen.

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