Pos­i­tive start to Fort FC’s pre-sea­son

The Oban Times - - Times Sport -

FORT Wil­liam Foot­ball Club’s pre-sea­son prepa­ra­tions are go­ing well com­pared to last year.

Last year’s pre-sea­son saw the team dec­i­mated when three Fort play­ers moved to Nairn County.

In to­tal, nine play­ers left last sum­mer and the team vowed it wouldn’t hap­pen again. Fort man­ager Ally Ewen told

The Oban Times: ‘The re­build­ing process was tough, as we went through an abun­dance of play­ers last sea­son try­ing to get the right mix.

‘We now have more than 20 play­ers on two-year con­tracts.’

The Fort boys have come back fight­ing this year.

They de­feated Welsh side Porth Ty­wyn Sub­urbs 10- 0 and Scot­tish Lad­brokes League One side Al­loa Ath­letic 3- 0 away from home.

Ally con­tin­ued: ‘The play­ers have been work­ing ex­tremely hard and we want to be out of the bot­tom three.

‘They have bought into my plans and can see where I aim to take the club.

‘My tar­get is to be 10th in the league. I said it when I joined and peo­ple laughed, but I am de­vel­op­ing a team that is im­prov­ing.

‘They work hard, rarely miss train­ing and want to win, and I can­not ask for any more than that.

‘Last sea­son we just missed out on 15th place and only had our­selves to blame. We need to see out games and stop ship­ping sloppy goals.’

The man­ager also said that he feels he is three or four play­ers away from ‘a very good side’.

Fort Wil­liam start away to Deveron­vale foot­ball club and Ally said they are look­ing for an early win.

‘It would be great to start with a win. It won’t be an easy task, but there are no easy games in the High­land League.’

The club’s vice- chair­man, David Mac­Don­ald, added: ‘There is a great feel­ing of op­ti­mism around the club and if we can hit the ground run­ning, then it could be a very good sea­son.’

Pre-sea­son games con­tinue with a trip to Perth on Satur­day July 23 to face Ki­noull Ju­niors.

The Fort will open their league cam­paign in Banff on Satur­day July 30, with their first home game on Satur­day Au­gust 6 against Fraser­burgh.

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