Nai­smith hat-trick helps sink Fort Wil­liam

The Press and Journal (North-East) - - THESCORE -

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”

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