FORT William were the talk of the north at the weekend as their 2-1 Highland League win at Clach shot them into the history books.
In a game switched to Grant Street Park from a waterlogged Claggan Park, the teams were playing for the Simon Shields Trophy, in memory of the former player of both clubs, who died four years ago, aged 23.
For Fort William, they were chasing their fourth victory in a row, which is the first time the club has achieved this in its time since entering this level of football in 1985.
The West Highlanders had won successive games against Buckie Thistle, Keith and Huntly, but call-offs throughout December meant they had been kicking their heels rather than footballs.
However, both clubs agreed on Friday night to move the fixture to Inverness and it was the visitors who got off to the dream start when Sean Grant crashed home a terrific shot from outside the box for a 1-0 advantage.
Clach squandered a number of chances, but drew level on 55 minutes when Paul Brindle steered the ball into the net from close range.
However, with all to play for, Fort William clinched the killer goal with six minutes to go when Kenny Mackenzie netted his first in the Highland League and they held on for a stirring and unforgettable victory.
Congratulations from Clach on social media later on Saturday were echoed by many football fans online as they once annual strugglers in the league moved on to 17 points from 20 games, leaving them in 13th position.
Fort will be going all out to keep this sensational run going this weekend when they travel to Steve Paterson’s Formartine United, while Clach will be aiming to return to winning ways with a tricky trip to Inverurie Locos.
Nairn County showed their class at the weekend as three second half goals earned them a Highland League derby victory at Forres Mechanics.
It was an even first half, but Les Fridge’s team upped the ante after the break to finish as runaway winners.
The opener came on 66 minutes when Conor Gethins scored with a superb chip, despite appeals from the hosts for an offside flag.
Alan Pollock doubled the Nairn County lead 10 minutes later with a terrific solo effort and Gethins rounded off the scoring with a trademark free-kick to make it 24 for the season just three days into 2015.
With the Wick Academy v Brora Rangers derby off due to a waterlogged pitch, Turriff United took full advantage to move top with a battling 1-0 home win against an impressive Deveronvale side.
Turriff are one point clear of 2013-14 champions Brora, but have played two matches more.
Also on Saturday, Lossiemouth pulled off a surprise 4-2 win at Buckie Thistle and it finished 1-1 between Rothes at home to Strathspey Thistle at the foot of the table.
Huntly v Keith and Inverurie Locos v Formartine United were postponed because of frozen pitches.