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Newtonmore and Fort neck and neck in title race

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Gary Innes | 12:35 UK time, Wednesday, 1 September 2010

The Scottish Hydro Premier Division temperature keeps rising, after Fort William beat Inveraray to join Newtonmore at the top, with only three games remaining.

This was a must-win game for Fort William if they were to maintain their challenge for the title, and after just five minutes I scored from the spot, after being brought down in the box.

Garry MacPherson scored for Inverarary, quickly followed by a goal from Neil Andrews, to take the Argyll men ahead. Duncan Rodgers then managed to level the score after a lovely solo run, to finish the first half 2-2.

Duncan Kerr (Kyles) keeps possession from Ryan Ferguson (Lovat) during the game at Balgate. Photo: Neil Paterson

Five minutes into the second half a great ball from Victor Smith picked me out at the edge of the box to slot home Fort's third.

Gordie MacKinnon was next on the scoresheet to put Fort William back in the driving seat 4-2.

With minutes remaining, Grant Griffin pulled one back for Inveraray to finish off the afternoon goal tallies.

Fort won the fixture 4-3 after a very close match, fuelled by outstanding goalkeeping at both ends.

Kyles Athletic leapfrogged Inveraray into third place with an away win over Lovat. Rupert Williamson, Duncan Kerr and Robbie MacLeod were all on form for the Tighnabruaich men, winning the match 3-0.

Kingussie hosted Glasgow Mid Argyll at the Dell, in a game that GMA needed to win to avoid relegation. Four goals from Ronald Ross and a hat-trick from teen Ryan Bothwick confirmed that GMA will play their shinty next season in Division One - a 7-0 defeat.

Bute were meant to host Oban Camanachd in their league tie. However, for the second week in a row, players were involved in a road accident on route to a match. Four players from Oban were injured, thankfully none too serious, but the match was postponed for another date.

The Premier League battle gets all the attention again this week, when the two Badenoch giants clash at the Eilean, for what is sure to be an epic.

Newtonmore have not beaten their neighbours Kingussie this season so far.

However, if Newtonmore are to maintain their league challenge, they must take points. If they manage this, it would surely scupper Kingussie's dream of a grand slam season.

Kings, on the other hand, have been rebuilding all year, and although three games behind 'Fort and 'More, each week they step a little closer to retaining their league crown.

So who do you think will win the derby this weekend? Newtonmore have not had a game in a couple of weeks, while rivals Kingussie are on a roll. Who will manager (Brick) MacArthur appoint the thankless task of marking Ronald Ross to, and will the ref still have a pea in his whistle at the end of this mighty battle?

Kyles Athletic host Glenurquhart at Tighnabruaich. Although sitting eighth in the league at present, Glenurquhart have every opportunity of taking points against third spot Kyles.

Oban Camanachd battle Lovat in a game Camanachd must get points from, if they wish to continue in the Premier next season. Oban are currently sitting on five points, and are chasing their nearest target Bute, who are four points ahead.

Fort William have no fixture this week, so we're all off on a wee bus trip to catch the Badenoch clash. Fort William still face Newtonmore and Kingussie in their challenge for the title, and with three games remaining, Fort will be hoping for a draw from this one.

Safe journey for all travelling players and supporters this week.


  • Comment number 1.

    I think match fitness could be the difference between the two Badenoch teams at the Eilan, however a draw would go down well for you and the Fort. Kyles are sneaking along and will be hoping for a Kingussie win as this would put them back in the hunt as they have to go to the Dell yet and that will hold no fears for them. Since the Camanachd defeat Kyles have picked themselves up and are pushing hard in the league and they may well win all there remaining games and if other results go there way they will be in with a shout. On the marking job on RRoss it will have to be the ever impressive youngster Rory, but the key for Newtonmore is domination across the middle because if Kingussie get possession RRoss will get chances. Of course lets not forget the quality work done by the Borthwick boys who are now a goal threat themselves... Away win Oban v Lovat as Lovat have a real goal threat and mossfield's open spaces will suit a fit group like Lovat.


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