Bute boys climbed the Glen with ease

Bute in action against Glenorchy on Saturday, October 10. (Pic by David Swan: www.flickr.com/photos/ufopilot/)
Bute in action against Glenorchy on Saturday, October 10. (Pic by David Swan: www.flickr.com/photos/ufopilot/)

Bute Shinty Club’s Marine Harvest South Division 1 title dream remains alive after last Saturday’s 8-1 home hammering of Glenorchy.

Bute manager Ted McDonald sang the praises of the game’s star man Robert Walker, who netted four of his team’s goals.

Ted said: “Robert did really well. He’d been out injured for a while until the Taynuilt game a fortnight ago and it has been a real boost having him back for the past couple of matches.

“I was really pleased with our overall performance.

“Also playing particularly well were Gordon MacMillan – who scored two – and Duncan Davidson, who netted one and had another three disallowed.

“And it was also great that 14-year-old Craig MacKay scored a goal.

“We’ve now scored 15 goals in our last two victories which has given our goal difference a great boost.”

That statistic could be very important come the end of the season.

If second placed Bute win their three remaining fixtures and current leaders Lochside Rovers triumph in their last two, the destination of the league trophy will come down to goal difference.

“We have a marginally better goal difference than Lochside at the moment,” Ted said.

“Hopefully we can keep scoring lots of goals, but we’ll be taking it one game at a time.

“We have a hard game at Kyles Athletic this Saturday. That will be a tough one.”

Despite Bute’s lofty position in the table, Ted insisted that he wasn’t even thinking about championship glory this season.

He said he expected main rivals Lochside Rovers – who earned another victory last Saturday with a 5-2 success at Oban Celtic – to continue taking maximum points in their remaining two fixtures of the campaign.

The next test of Lochside’s title credentials will come with a home contest against Strachur this Saturday. All throw-ups in the various league matches will be at 2.30pm.

* Bute Shinty Club’s 2nd team endured the disappointment of a 4-1 defeat by Aberdour last Saturday.