Fort’s fit­ness shines through in a rain-lashed friendly

The Oban Times - - Sport -

THE WEATHER was any­thing but friendly for this pre-sea­son en­counter against Scot­tish Ama­teur League side Cam­pel­town Pupils on a wind and rain-lashed pitch at Lochaber High School on Satur­day.

Fort’s pre-sea­son fit­ness train­ing clearly paid div­i­dends, with play­ers able to com­fort­ably cope with both a 90-minute pre-match fit­ness ses­sion and then a match in which they were bat­tered by the el­e­ments.

At the fi­nal whis­tle, the 2-2 draw was a fair re­sult for the ef­forts put in by both sets of play­ers in con­di­tions that could only be de­scribed as hor­ren­dous.

Although the vis­i­tors were the first to open the scor­ing in the first half, it was Fort that went into the half-time in­ter­val in the lead after two goals from cen­tre/ mid­fielder Danny Highet.

Fort man­ager Ali Smith paid trib­ute to both teams and said the im­proved fit­ness lev­els of his play­ers had played a ma­jor role in the team’s per­for­mance.

‘It was a re­ally even game and both teams played well con- sider­ing the ad­verse weather con­di­tions,’ he said.

Be­ing pre-sea­son, both sides used a num­ber of sub­sti­tutes and there was some good football on show, although the wors­en­ing weather pretty much killed off the game in the sec­ond half.

‘The game gave us a re­ally good chance to see some of our play­ers in ac­tion be­fore the sea­son kicks off, with some of our younger play­ers get­ting a run out,’ added Smith.

‘ We were re­ally pleased with the per­for­mance by the boys and it also let us see some of the progress made on the train­ing ground.

‘Con­sid­er­ing we did a 90-minute fit­ness ses­sion be­fore the game, and then the play­ers had to en­dure such rot­ten weather con­di­tions, it was clear the fan­tas­tic fit­ness lev­els were a ma­jor fac­tor in the per­for­mance.’

Smith added that the game also pro­vided op­por­tu­ni­ties for the coach­ing staff to note any ar­eas need­ing im­prove­ment be­fore the sea­son starts.

Football pho­tographs: Iain Fer­gu­son, The Write Im­age

Fort Wil­liam’s Barna Tot takes con­trol of the ac­tion chased by Camp­bel­town’s Ryan Deans.

Left: Fort’s Ian MacIn­tyre races away from Martin McCal­lum.

Above: Fort’s Lewis Camp­bell wins the ball from Andy McKel­lar.

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