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Saints lose out in seven-goal thriller

‘We’ve played 23 games so far this season and haven’t been able to name the same starting11 twice which is not ideal at this level of the game’

A MIXTURE of charitable defending and profligate finishing consigned Oban Saints to a fifth defeat of a dismal league campaign at Battery Park, Greenock last Saturday. Hardly ideal preparation for the impending biggest fixture of the season so far.

Thankfully, due to the postponement of Saturday’s seventh round tie between potential opponents Sandys and Goldenhill, Saints will have at least one more opportunity to get their act together before their Scottish Amateur Cup quarter final tie now scheduled for March 31.

With Paul Carmichael, Keith Millar, Jamie Graham and Marc Maccallum unavailable for various reasons manager Alex Craik was forced into yet another squad reshuffle including a first competitive start for seventeen-year-old Ruaridh Horne.

Graham Douglas lined-up in goal behind a back four of Ruaridh Horne, Steven MacLeod, Alex Craik and Scott Maitland. Willie Gemmell anchored a midfield diamond flanked by Matthew Kelly and Kerr Newbigging with Captain Donald Campbell at its point.

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