Both sides had to battle against the elements but it was Huntly who moved up to eighth with a 6-1 win over Fort William at a rain-soaked Claggan Park.

Two weeks on from their last fixture, Fort William Manager Kris Anderson rang the changes with cousins Sean and Michael Ellis and Scott Hunter all coming into the starting eleven. Huntly Manager Martin Skinner had Cameron Booth and Gary McGowan both suspended while full back Alexander Jack was a late call-off as Euan Storrier, Matthew McDonald, Paul Napier and Matthew McDonald came into the starting eleven.

 

Both sides came close early on with Finlay Burstow preventing a Nicholas Gray low shot from going while at the other end Huntly’s Euan Storrier made a crucial block to keep out the returning Sean Ellis.

Fort defender Andrew Martin picked up an early caution in the seventeenth minute for a handball and from the resultant dead ball, Paul Napier’s kick was kept out by Burstow in the home goal.

Following his earlier caution, veteran defender Andrew Martin picked up a second and subsequent red for a rash tackle to Nicholas Gray in the 28th minute reducing his side to ten men.

Five minutes from the break, michaelclarkMichael Clark was on a run forward and slipped in David Booth out wide. Booth return with a cross into the box which was parried by Fort goalkeeper Finlay Barstow and Clark bundled in the opener from close range.

With 41 second of the first half remaining, a Huntly corner was cleared out wide and from Paul Napier’s return into the box, Michael Clark got his head to the delivery for his sixth goal of the season.

Half-Time: Fort William 0 Huntly 2

Thirteen seconds into the second half, Huntly attacked from the kick-off. Paul Napier’s cross was knocked down by Gray for davidboothDavid Booth to net his second of the season from close range.

Huntly’s Gray had been a constant threat in the last third and he was denied again by home keeper Burstow who made a strong lock after a cross was spilled.

matthewmcdonaldMatthew McDonald made in four eight minutes later cutting across the box to fire home his first goal since 8th September.

Blair Johnston is still chasing his first Huntly goal and came close in spectacular fashion when his goalbound shot looked to be heading for the top corner only for Burstow to turn behind.

Despite being four goals and a man down, Fort William still looked dangerous in the last third and put the visitor’s defence under pressure. A long free kick from the right in the 59th found Sean Ellis and he saw his effort blocked before the ball spun out to winger Craig Rennie to drill home a low drive wide of the keeper and into the far post for his first Fort William goal. a second nearly followed only for a good stop from Storrier to keep out substitute Jordan Morrison.

After playing his part in setting up earlier goals, paulnapierPaul Napier got onto the scoresheet himself in the eightieth minute when he opened his account for the season converting from a Booth cross.

Another Napier assist produced another goal two minutes later when his cross from the right was turned in by substitute tomandrewsTom Andrews.


Fort William (4-4-2)
Huntly (4-2-3-1)

21 Finlay Burstow

2 Lewis Campbell
4 Andrew Martin
5 Darren Quigg
3 Iain Macintyre

7 Scott Hunter
6 John Treasurer
8 Sean Grant (captain)
11 Craig Rennie

10 Sean Ellis
9 Michael Ellis

1 Euan Storrier

2 Alexander Thoirs
4 Michael Clark (captain)
5 Ryan McRitchie
3 Blair Johnston

6 Glenn Murison
7 Ross Still

8 Paul Napier
10 David Booth
11 Matthew McDonald

9 Nicholas Gray

Substitutes

12 Brandon Lopez
14 Andrew Reid (S Hunter 38:31)
15 Joshua Knowles
16 Jordan Morrison (M Ellis 68:51)
17 Ryan Henderson
18 Aiden Taylor (Grant 55:12)
19 David McGurk

Substitutes

12 Kai Ross (Gray 58:31)
13 Craig Reid
14 Tom Andrews (McDonald 76:15)
15 Christopher Hay (Johnston 80:37)
16 Cory Ritchie

Management Team

  • Kris Anderson (Manager)
  • Martin Rae (Coach)

Management Team

  • Martin Skinner (Manager)
  • Richard Cheyne (Assistant Manager)
  • John Farquhar (Coach)
  • James McGovern (Physio)
  • William Beaton (Kitman)
Referee: Michael McCart
Assistant Referee 1: Stephen McDade Assistant Referee 2: James McMillan
  1. Craig Rennie (59:14)
Goalscorers
  1. Michael Clark (40:26)
  2. Michael Clark (44:19)
  3. David Booth (45:13)
  4. Matthew McDonald (53:25)
  5. Paul Napier (80:12)
  6. Tom Andrews (82:06)
  1. Andrew Martin (16:27) - Handles the ball deliberately
  2. Andrew Martin (28:39) - Recklessly tackles or challenges an opponent
  3. Andrew Reid (85:18) - Recklessly tackles or challenges an opponent
Cautions
  1. David Booth (57:52) - Stops a promising attack
  1. Andrew Martin (28:39) - second cautionable offence
Sendings off
 
Match Statistics
4
Shots on target
16
5
Shots off target
10
4
Shots blocked
5
13
TOTAL SHOTS
31
2
Corners
11
7
Fouls
6
4
Offsides
3

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