Published: 03/05/2018 08:03 - Updated: 03/05/2018 08:12

Keith strike late to deny Fort first win

KeithA late Keith equaliser denied Fort William their first Highland League win of the season in their final match.

The Maroons drew 3-3 with their Lochaber hosts on Wednesday night, with manager Dean Donaldson scoring in the match after being forced into playing action.

Keith were 2-0 up only to trail 3-2 going into the closing minutes and needed a Bradley Manson goal late on to rescue a point.

Fort, with only four draws and 29 defeats from their previous 33 league games, were on a high after unveiling a new club committee and announcing they were to remain as a Highland League club next season.

Highland League P W D L F A PTS
Cove Rangers 34 29 3 2 127 22 90
Formartine United 34 26 1 7 124 41 79
Inverurie Locos 34 25 3 6 104 37 78
Fraserburgh 34 23 4 7 101 38 73
Forres Mechanics 34 23 4 7 88 45 73
Brora Rangers 33 19 3 11 85 39 60
Buckie Thistle 34 15 6 13 80 56 51
Deveronvale 34 16 3 15 73 76 51
Nairn County 34 16 3 15 61 71 51
Rothes 34 15 4 15 77 70 49
Huntly 34 15 4 15 66 81 49
Wick Academy 34 12 10 12 67 54 46
Clachnacuddin 34 11 8 15 54 69 41
Turriff United 33 11 4 18 54 68 37
Keith 34 4 4 26 45 104 16
Lossiemouth 34 4 3 27 41 125 15
Strathspey Thistle 34 4 2 28 26 124 14
Fort William 34 0 5 29 31 184 5

 

Keith had to wait a fortnight to play their last fixture of a disappointing campaign and took a makeshift squad on the long journey to Claggan Park.

They couldn't have made a better start, with boss Donaldson going through to score inside two minutes.

Top scorer Cammy Keith then nodded in his 26th of the season on the quarter hour, seemingly setting the visitors up for a comfortable night.

Keith keeper David Dey then saved a penalty kick but Fort did pull a goal back before half time through Lewis Campbell.

The Highlanders turned the game on its head in the first ten minutes of the second half as goals by Stephen Lopez and Michael Gillespie put them in front.

Cammy Keith then limped off with an injury and Fort were on course to break their league win drought at the final hurdle.

However Manson forced home an 86th minute leveller to give Keith some reward for their long midweek journey.

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