Published: 27/12/2012 02:00 - Updated: 27/12/2012 02:02

Wind of change is Fort's goal

FORT FC boss Danny Conlon hopes nothing will blow his side off course in their bid to stun Clach in Inverness this weekend.

Last Saturday saw the Highland League fixture at Claggan Park between the sides called off due to damage to one of the floodlights hours before kick-off.

With just two points on the board, basement team Fort are desperate to try and bridge the four-point gap between themselves and Lossiemouth.

However, they will travel north without five key players.

Captain Andy Martin and Farquhar MacRae are out through injury, Sean Grant and Logan Barker have work commitments and Darren Quigg is suspended.

Conlon knows it be a tough test against Iain Polworth's Lilywhites at Grant Street.

He explained: "This is a really difficult game for us. Iain has done really well to keep the squad together in the summer. I know there was interest from a few clubs for some of their players, but there's a good team spirit at Clach and you can see how well it's working for them when you look at where they are in the table. They were a good side last season, but I think they have improved further. Having five players missing adds to our troubles because we are working off a small squad."

Conlon admits he's never had a game called off due to floodlight problems before last Saturday, but stressed that the decision was the right one.

He said: "We were all set to go. We knew Clach were setting off at 11.45am, the pitch was fine and we were looking forward to finally getting a game.Around 11am, the wind was severe and the top section of the floodlight nearest the changing room was bending and rocking. We took advice and, on health and safety grounds, we called it off.

"I can't recall a game being postponed because of floodlight damage before, but we were left with no other option. It's a council-run park and they came along and shut the ground off, so no-one could gain entry.

"We're now almost one month since our last fixture now."

Fort are set to host Keith a week on Saturday and Conlon stressed that getting the repairs carried out at this time of year is far from easy.

He said: "We now have to see if we can get the floodlights fixed, but given we're right in the middle of the holiday season, it's difficult, but we need to get it fixed in time for our game against Keith."

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