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Sleat and Strath pull away at the top

posted 28 Jul 2011, 15:00 by Ben MacKinnon   [ updated 1 Sep 2012, 14:32 by Sleat and Strath AFC ]

Sleat and Strath travelled up to Portree on Tuesday night to take on their closest rivals in the league. With Sleat and Strath holding a 6 point lead in the title race, and time running out, Portree had to do something to prevent the south end team picking up 2 in a row, and with the news of Sleat and Straths top scorer, Gordon McCarroll, absent for family reasons, they must have felt now was their best chance.

A tight first half was played out, with no score at half time. DL had started with Connaire and Calum Mattinson up front, but at half time swapped Jamie Robertson from the midfield with Connaire. This proved effective as in the second half Sleat and Strath were able to pile on the pressure. The defence was solid, stopping out every attack from Portree, and the north enders began to tire.

Sleat and Strath eventually got the break through after a stramash in the box, James Robertson scrambling the ball home. The second came soon after in similar fashion, this time it was Ben Yoxon poking the ball home. By now Sleat and Strath were dominating the game with wave after wave of attack, Portree were shattered and as a result gave away a penalty that James Robertson slotted home with ease.

The result leaves Sleat and Strath 9 points clear of Portree now with only 4 games left to play. First up for Sleat and Strath is the last home game of the season against Kyleakin on Saturday, followed by away games to Kyle, Plockton and Portree Juniors. Portree also play Kyleakin, Kyle and Portree Juniors, along with Dunvegan in their run in.