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Invergordon move six points clear at top of North Caledonian League table as run-in approaches

By John MacLeod

Invergordon strengthened their grip at the top of the North Caledonian League with stirring second half display in a 4–1 victory against Thurso.

But manager Gary Campbell conceded the league leaders were not at the races in the first half against the Vikings.

“We didn’t compete well enough in the first half and gave away a cheap penalty,” said Campbell.

Invergordon defeated Thurso 4–1 in the North Caledonian League last weekend. Picture: Graeme Webster
Invergordon defeated Thurso 4–1 in the North Caledonian League last weekend. Picture: Graeme Webster

“But we changed things at half time and after we got the first goal the game opened up for us.

“We started to create chances and scored some good goals.”

The win puts Invergordon six points clear with five games remaining, but the Invergordon boss struck a note of caution.

He said: “There is still a long way to go. We’ve been in this position before and blown it – we just need to take one game at a time.”

Thurso went in front after three minutes.

Scott Houston fouled Michael Petrie to concede a penalty and the Thurso player dusted himself down to squeeze the ball beyond the reach of goalkeeper Grant Beattie.

The home side were far from their best in the first half. The best the nearest they came to a goal was a stinging shot from Kyle MacLean which Thurso goalkeeper Asa Sinclair saved at his near post.

Invergordon were gifted an equaliser in the 56th minute when Thurso defender Innes MacIntosh ended up sticking the ball in his own net after a MacLean cross put the Thurso defence under pressure.

Ian Penwright gave the home side the lead in the 72nd minute.

He took a Shaun Kerr pass in his stride and fired low into the net.

Ken Morrison stretched the lead in the 84th minute when he headed home an Arron Christie corner, and the same player finished off the best move of the match to score a fourth goal three minutes later.

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