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Forres Mechanics midfielder Duncanson up for cup after Wick win

By Jonathan Clark

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HE MIGHT have only played 65 minutes, but Forres Mechanics midfielder Robbie Duncanson did enough to impress both sets of fans in Saturday’s 2-0 victory at Wick Academy.

Duncanson (35) was awarded the man of the match by the home side’s sponsors at Harmsworth Park, having scored and run the match.

The veteran attacking midfielder said the trophy was a fine reward – but more important was Forres ending their five-match winless streak ahead of tomorrow’s cup tie with Formartine United.

Duncanson said: “It was a good game and we played pretty well. That’s the second time I’ve won man of the match up there. It seems to be a Wick thing, and it’s good they do that.

“The win was important for the team as we were going through a bad spell.

“Travelling to Wick is tough at the best of times and the gaffer asked us all to up our levels.

“We dominated the first half and could have been more in front. The second half was professional and we showed a lot of character. They didn’t cause us that many problems.

“It always looks good when you play in hole and get plenty of touches.”

Forres took the lead through holding midfielder Declan Hughes on the half hour mark, with Duncanson adding the second five minutes later. The Cans saw out the game comfortably to record a much-needed win.

And, despite tightness in his hamstring, Duncanson is hopeful he will be in action tomorrow as Mechanics look to make it back-to-back victories when they host Formartine in the quarter-final of the Highland League Cup.

While he knows it will be tough, Duncanson believes he is at his best against teams such as Formartine – who come out and play.

“I didn’t make training on Monday and got a rub down on my hamstring,” he said. “The journey up to Wick on Saturday, combined with a heavy pitch and being 35, meant my hamstring tightened up.

“Hopefully it’ll settle down. The Formartine match is huge. They have picked up in the last two weeks and we have picked up a week later, but just in time going into the game.

“They have a lot of good players but the good thing is they will come and play. If we can get on the ball then we don’t fear anybody.

“It’s far easier to find space against teams that play football. We are a bit counter-attacking as well, which should help against Formartine.”

Forres only had three subs at Wick, and are likely to be without Lee Fraser tomorrow. The striker hobbled off 15 minutes before Duncanson with swelling on his knee.

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