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Half time heart to heart inspired comeback as Clachnacuddin come from two goals down to beat Fort William in seven goal thriller


By Will Clark

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MANAGER Jordan MacDonald said words with his players at half time inspired Clachnacuddin to come from two goals down to defeat Fort William 4–3 at Grant Street Park.

James Anderson gets the late winner for Clachnacuddin. Picture Gary Anthony.
James Anderson gets the late winner for Clachnacuddin. Picture Gary Anthony.

After taking the lead after two minutes, Clach were left shell-shocked as three goals in eight minutes, midway through the first half, saw Fort William take a 3–1 lead.

Pulling one back before half time, Clachnacuddin dominated the second half but required James Anderson to score the winner three minutes from time to end their losing streak of four league games.

James Anderson gets the late winner for Clach. Picture Gary Anthony.
James Anderson gets the late winner for Clach. Picture Gary Anthony.

MacDonald said a heart to heart was had in the dressing room at half time as a result of their defensive collapse.

But he praised his team's response to come away with victory in the end.

Scott Morrison in action. Picture Gary Anthony.
Scott Morrison in action. Picture Gary Anthony.

Speaking about deserving to win the game, MacDonald said: "Nobody could argue with that and in the second half we could have scored more than that.

"The number of chances we created and missed was incredible.

"But I asked them to show character at half time because Fort William were well worth their lead.

"I don't know if scoring too early was the problem but after that Fort William took over and deserved to be 3–1 up.

"We needed to have a heart to heart shall we say and the reaction and the character from the team shows what we're about and the direction that we are going at this football club."

Scott Morrison battles for the ball. Picture Gary Anthony
Scott Morrison battles for the ball. Picture Gary Anthony

Clachnacuddin had lost their previous four league games which started against Deveronvale before facing undefeated Rothes, league leaders Fraserburgh and traditional heavyweights Formartine United.

MacDonald credited the comeback to Clachnacuddin going back to their passing the ball on the ground game which has won them plaudits this season.

But they also found success in the air with crosses from both wings causing panic in the Fort William defence.

Lewis Nicolson drives up the pitch. Picture Gary Anthony.
Lewis Nicolson drives up the pitch. Picture Gary Anthony.

"We got the ball down and did the things we do well, when we play that one-two touch we are hard to play against.

"We have made mistakes against the bigger teams recently so it is really pleasing to get the three points."

James Anderson gets the late winner for Clachnacuddin. Picture Gary Anthony.
James Anderson gets the late winner for Clachnacuddin. Picture Gary Anthony.

Speaking about Clachnacuddin's threat from the air and wing, he said: "Lewis Nicolson, Scott Morrison and Ross Logan are boys who can play set pieces and with the width that we like to play.

"We want our wingers on the ball and getting in the deliveries.

"We want more numbers from them but they are giving us the assists.

"But we play a certain way and we will make mistakes, but as long as we learn from them we will be alright."

Clachnacuddin 4 Fort William 3 – Match report available by clicking here.


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