Fort William face tough test away to league leaders
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.