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Drama and goals galore as Forres and Nairn Welfare Leaue starts with a bang


By Jonathan Clark

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Andrew Lloyd knocks the Caberfeidh crossbar down while heading in Mosset's first of the evening...Mosset Tavern FC (5) vs Caberfeidh FC (4) - Forres & Nairn Welfare League...Picture: Daniel Forsyth..
Andrew Lloyd knocks the Caberfeidh crossbar down while heading in Mosset's first of the evening...Mosset Tavern FC (5) vs Caberfeidh FC (4) - Forres & Nairn Welfare League...Picture: Daniel Forsyth..

THERE was drama and goals galore on the opening night of the Forres and Nairn Welfare League season last Friday.

Five matches produced 23 goals, with a couple of red cards and a few penalties thrown into the mix.

The most dramatic game was played at Roysvale in Forres, where Mosset Tavern came from three goals behind at half-time to win 5-4 against Elgin side Caberfeidh.

First half goals from Anel Alagic, Darren Robertson, and Jamie Lees gave Caberdeidh a commanding advantage, but it was quickly 3-3 after the break.

Darren Robertson scores the Caberfeidh's second of the evening. ..Mosset Tavern FC (5) vs Caberfeidh FC (4) - Forres & Nairn Welfare League...Picture: Daniel Forsyth..
Darren Robertson scores the Caberfeidh's second of the evening. ..Mosset Tavern FC (5) vs Caberfeidh FC (4) - Forres & Nairn Welfare League...Picture: Daniel Forsyth..
Anel Alagic scores the opening goal for the visiting Caberfeidh. ..Mosset Tavern FC (5) vs Caberfeidh FC (4) - Forres & Nairn Welfare League...Picture: Daniel Forsyth..
Anel Alagic scores the opening goal for the visiting Caberfeidh. ..Mosset Tavern FC (5) vs Caberfeidh FC (4) - Forres & Nairn Welfare League...Picture: Daniel Forsyth..
Caberfeidh's Jamie Lees (Left) celebrates his goal with Ryan McPherson...Mosset Tavern FC (5) vs Caberfeidh FC (4) - Forres & Nairn Welfare League...Picture: Daniel Forsyth..
Caberfeidh's Jamie Lees (Left) celebrates his goal with Ryan McPherson...Mosset Tavern FC (5) vs Caberfeidh FC (4) - Forres & Nairn Welfare League...Picture: Daniel Forsyth..

Andrew Lloyd reduced the advantage – and dislodged the crossbar – with a brave back post header before Fraser Thom scored a quickfire double, including a penalty, to level the scores.

Andrew Lloyd knocks the Caberfeidh crossbar down while heading in Mosset's first of the evening...Mosset Tavern FC (5) vs Caberfeidh FC (4) - Forres & Nairn Welfare League...Picture: Daniel Forsyth..
Andrew Lloyd knocks the Caberfeidh crossbar down while heading in Mosset's first of the evening...Mosset Tavern FC (5) vs Caberfeidh FC (4) - Forres & Nairn Welfare League...Picture: Daniel Forsyth..
Fraser Thom fires home a Mosset penalty past Caberfeidh keeper Robbie Chalmers...Mosset Tavern FC (5) vs Caberfeidh FC (4) - Forres & Nairn Welfare League...Picture: Daniel Forsyth..
Fraser Thom fires home a Mosset penalty past Caberfeidh keeper Robbie Chalmers...Mosset Tavern FC (5) vs Caberfeidh FC (4) - Forres & Nairn Welfare League...Picture: Daniel Forsyth..

Thom was then shown a straight red card for violent conduct, with Jamie Lees restoring Caberfeidh’s advantage at 4-3.

However, being a man down didn’t stop Mosset as a brilliant brace from Jordan Robertson gave them a thrilling opening day win.

Jordan Robertson tracks back after scoring the Mosset equaliser at 4-4...Mosset Tavern FC (5) vs Caberfeidh FC (4) - Forres & Nairn Welfare League...Picture: Daniel Forsyth..
Jordan Robertson tracks back after scoring the Mosset equaliser at 4-4...Mosset Tavern FC (5) vs Caberfeidh FC (4) - Forres & Nairn Welfare League...Picture: Daniel Forsyth..

A new-look Carisbrooke – who have taken a number of players from Carlton’s 2019 squad – ensured both Forres teams started with maximum points, running out convincing 5-0 winners against Elgin Caledonian.

An impressive hat-trick from Gregor Ewan and goals from Stuart Englemann and former Forres Mechanics midfielder Scott Moor earned the Brooke a comfortable three points, with Elgin Caledonian’s Gareth Roberts sent off.

The Vikings, representing Badenoch’s, earned their first ever win to top the table after match day one.

In a local derby, the Vikings crushed FC Elgin 6-0.

Jason Rumbles and Ryan Mitchell both scored free-kicks, with striker Thomas Kielbasa completing a hat-trick from the penalty spot. Ethan Marini finished off the scoring.

Kinloss Sappers were 2-0 winners over Elgin Albion, with Jamie Cattell and Duncan Menzies doing the business for the army side. Menzies could have doubled his tally but missed a penalty.

Elgin Thistle had to survive a late surge and heavy pressure from defending champions Westerlea, from Nairn, but did so to run out 1-0 winners.

A late goal from Thistle’s Callum Owen produced a potentially vital three points, even this early in the 10-game campaign.

More pictures from Mosset Tavern v Caberfeidh below.

Tonight’s fixtures all kick off at 7.30pm, with no fans allowed as per Covid-19 guidelines.

Caberfeidh host FC Elgin; Carisbrooke and Mosset clash in a Forres derby; Elgin Thistle host Elgin Albion; The Vikings take on Nairn United and Elgin Caledonian visit Kinloss Sappers. Westerlea sit out.


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