Shinty: Bute coach reflects on tough start

Bute were held to a 2-2 draw at home to Glenorchy in their opening South Division One fixture on Saturday - here John McCallum prepares to launch a high ball towards the visitors' goal.

Bute were held to a 2-2 draw at home to Glenorchy in their opening South Division One fixture on Saturday - here John McCallum prepares to launch a high ball towards the visitors' goal.

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Bute Shinty Club’s first team coach Graham Fisher remained philosophical this week - despite watching his charges drop a point on home turf in their opening match of the season.

Iain MacDonald’s second-half double helped Bute battle back from 2-0 down to claim a draw at home to Glenorchy on Saturday in a game dominated by the biting wind which blew down the length of the park throughout the 90 minutes.

“It was a difficult game,” Fisher reflected. “It ended up being a battle against the elements as well as the other team.

“Glenorchy gave us a hard game, but they already had a win under their belts and I think after the start we made, if you’d offered me a draw at half time I’d have taken it.

“I was pleased with a point, but it wasn’t really a day for great shinty - hopefully it’ll be a better day this Saturday.”

* This Saturday, March 16, Bute travel to Fife to take on an Aberdour side who picked up their first point of the season last Saturday courtesy of a goalless draw away to Kilmory.

Bute’s second team, meanwhile, who were forced to concede two points to Tayforth last Saturday after being unable to raise a team for the trip to Musselburgh, are on home soil this weekend when local rivals Kyles Athletic come to the Meadows.

Throw-up in both matches is at 2.30pm.