The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands)
Fort appealing for witnesses after incidents
FORT WILLIAM 1 FRASERBURGH 3
Fort William last night made an appeal for witnesses to come forward following two incidents at the end of their Highland League Cup tie against Fraserburgh.
The Broch won the match 3-1 at Claggan Park following two late goals from Sean Butcher and Willie West.
Fort chairman Peter Murphy said the club was investigating incidents that occurred in the aftermath of the tie.
He said: “We will not accept any form of antisocial behaviour at our games. This includes verbal or physical abuse of players, officials, supporters or committee members from both clubs. We are aware of two incidents at the end of the game yesterday that we are currently investigating.
“We would ask anyone who may have witnessed anything of an unacceptable nature to contact the club by emailing email@example.com. We will ban indefinitely anyone who brings down the reputation of our club and pass evidence to the police if necessary.”
Fraserburgh boss Mark Cowie was relieved his side managed to overcome Fort to reach the second round.
Paul Young broke the deadlock for the Broch with a long-range strike that flew into the top corner with 15 minutes remaining. The lead didn’t last long with Daryl Taylor levelling for the hosts just three minutes later when he netted on the rebound after a Ross Gunn strike from 20 yards was spilled. But the Broch departed Claggan Park with the victory thanks to two goals in the closing stages.
Sean Butcher restored the Broch’s advantage by heading home a Ryan Cowie corner in the 84th minute before Willie West nodded home a Greg Buchan free kick three minutes from time.
Cowie said: “Fort deserve credit as they were fit and well organised. I was disappointed with some of our play but happy to get the job done as Claggan Park is a tricky place to go.”
The tie between Buckie and Deveronvale was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch and will be replayed on Wednesday night. The ties between Keith and Lossiemouth and Rothes and Nairn County were also called off and rescheduled for Wednesday.