Bute on brink of Premier League return

BUTE Shinty Club’s first team are now just one win away from an immediate return to the sport’s top flight after chalking up a 12th straight league victory last weekend.

A 4-0 home win over struggling Kilmory saw Bute stretch their lead at the top to five points over their nearest challengers, Glasgow Mid Argyll.

And should Bute take full points when the two teams meet in a top-of-the-table clash in Rothesay this Saturday, their promotion back to the Premier League after an absence of just one season will be confirmed.

But the island side are determined that securing their place back among shinty’s elite will not be the end of the story after a remarkable season which also saw the Ballemore Cup won in July.

“Promotion has always been the main aim,” coach Barry Martin told us, “but now that we’ve won 12 league games in a row, all the boys are saying how keen they are to get to the end of the season without dropping a point.

“But for now the important thing is not to slip up this Saturday, and we know Mid Argyll will give us a very hard game.”

Bute’s promotion push never looked likely to be derailed last Saturday from the moment captain James Craig swept home the opening goal in the fourth minute.

Robert Walker added a double either side of half time to tie up the points before Gordon McMillan put the icing on the cake with a late fourth.

* Both Bute teams are in league action in Rothesay against their Glasgow Mid Argyll counterparts this Saturday, August 27.

The two club’s second teams meet in a South Division Two fixture - Bute’s last league game of the season - at 12.30pm, and the first teams’ clash in South Division One gets under way at 2.30pm.