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Mechanics benefit from pitch improvements

By Craig Christie

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COSTLY drainage work at Mosset Park has paid off, with Saturday’s game against Clach going ahead in driving sleet and rain.

Cans’ manager Charlie Rowley hailed his club’s efforts to repair pitch problems which led to a spate of postponements in recent seasons.

The park held up to everything which winter threw at it last weekend, and Mechanics were rewarded with a 1-0 win over Clach.

“It was pretty difficult for both teams, particularly underfoot. The pitch took a bit of a battering but we were pleased the game went ahead,” said Rowley.

“It just shows how much the drainage has helped. The remedial work we did two seasons ago has certainly made the pitch able to cope with the rain that was forecast.”

Idle when their game at Fort William was called off a week earlier, Mechanics were desperate to return to action and make up for their derby defeat at Nairn.

“There was very little in that game when we had an indirect free kick six yards out, and they managed to block it twice and went right up the park and scored. From then on in they were miles better than us and ultimately it ended in a pretty negative result and performance for us,” said Rowley.

“So it was hugely important that we got back to winning ways on Saturday and we did that.”

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