Invergordon start year with thumping win over Bonar Bridge to extend North Caledonian League lead
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Invergordon got 2020 off to the perfect start with an emphatic 8-0 victory against North Caledonian League strugglers Bonar Bridge at Dornoch to move three points clear at the top of the table.
Defender Scott Houston stole the show with a hat trick for the league’s top scorers, taking his tally for the season to an impressive 10 goals.
Shaun Kerr bagged a brace for the Easter Ross side, while Kyle MacLean, Russell MacIntyre and Ken Morrison got the rest in the rout.
“We possibly could have scored more,” said Invergordon manager Gary Campbell.
“But we have to be happy with scoring eight goals and not conceding any.”
Turning his attention to Saturday against Orkney he said: “If we want to stay top of the league we have to win games like this.
“Especially as it is against one of the teams going for the league.”
Houston gave Invergordon the lead in the 14th minute with a tap-in following a corner kick.
MacLean doubled the lead mid-way through the first half with a left-foot drive.
Kerr added a third just before the break with a spectacular overhead kick.
Houston completed his hat-trick early in the second half with a two headers to make it 5–0.
Kerr and MacIntyre scored within seconds of each other late on and Morrison rounded up the scoring with a last-minute strike.
St Duthus are back in action this week with a tricky away match against Golspie Sutherland at King George V Park.
Midfielder Craig Munro is suspended for this one, but Scott Miller and Reece Paterson are available again.
In last Saturday’s other matches, Thurso defeated Orkney 1–0 in a close encounter at Halkirk’s Morrison Park.
James Murray scored the winner from the penalty spot in the 72nd minute after he was taken down in the box.
Elsewhere, Bunillidh Thistle picked up their first points of the season thanks to a 2–0 win against Halkirk United in Helmsdale.
Golspie Sutherland eased to a 4–0 win against Inverness Athletic at Inverness Royal Academy.