Shinty: Bute hit 12 past hapless Strachur

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Robert Walker led the way with a seven-goal haul as Bute Shinty Club’s first team returned to winning ways with a 12-0 rout of luckless Strachur in Rothesay on Saturday.

Bute went on the attack straight from the throw-up, and for a while it seemed as if the familiar frustration of plenty of chances but no goals might return to haunt the islanders, with several opportunities created in the early stages but none converted.

But once Robert Ferguson hit the first goal past Strachur keeper Stewart Nairn in the 14th minute, the floodgates well and truly opened: Gordon McMillan made it 2-0 six minutes later, and Walker and Ferguson added two more in quick succession.

Walker made it 5-0 in the 32nd minute, and Ferguson completed his hat-trick with number six before Walker followed suit with a treble of his own - and then added his fourth of the game to leave Bute 8-0 in front at the break.

Walker’s fifth made it 9-0 within 30 seconds of the restart, and his sixth on 57 minutes took the hosts into double figures.

Bute lost their momentum slightly thereafter as coaches Graham Fisher and David McVey opted to bring on some younger players and to experiment with others in unfamiliar positions, but the icing on the cake was supplied in the dying minutes when Walker notched his seventh before John MacCallum gained a fitting reward for a fine afternoon’s with a fine strike in the 89th minute.