Naismith hat-trick helps sink Fort William
Strathspey Thistle ran out 5-1 winners over Fort William with Ross Naismith scoring his first Highland League hat-trick and James Fraser helping himself to a double.
Jags manager Gordy Nicolson said: “There was definitely a gulf between ourselves and Fort in the first half. We scored within seven minutes and that goal gave us a platform to build on.
“We know ourselves that when you concede an early goal it can make it difficult to get going but I thought that our use of the ball was brilliant.
“We perhaps took our foot off the gas in the second half.”
Naismith opened for the home side when he clipped home a Scott Lisle cut-back in the seventh minute and it was 2-0 when Fraser headed home a back post cross.
Midway through the first half Naismith notched his second goal of the afternoon with a header before Fraser drilled home his own second and Strathspey’s fourth.
Fort grabbed a consolation goal through Jordan Morrison but Naismith restored his side’s fourgoal cushion from the penalty spot.
Fort William ended the game with 10men after Sean Grant picked up a second yellow card.
Fort boss Kris Anderson said: “I don’t really think there was all that much difference between the two sides. If we had stared the first the way we played in the second it could have been a different outcome.”
“There was a gulf between the sides in the first half”