Whilst the Big Team was going down bravely in the Scottish Cup at Stenhousemuir, Cans' stars of the future were showing off their skills at Mosset Park. The youngsters demonstrated their technique using new equipment and showed off their new training kit - all sponsored by Tesco Forres. The lads (ably supported by parents) then tucked into some healthy options provided by the Tesco Food Hall. A raffle raised over £200 for Youth Development funds.
Forres Mechanics 1 Buckie Thistle 0
It wasn't pretty at times but a left foot daisycutter from Caig Dryburgh in the first half saw the home side take the points in this Ocober 2nd fixture. The Cans then withstood some strong pressure from the visitors but some solid defending and an outstanding display by keeper Aiden Mackenzie saw them through.
Brora Rangers 2 - Forres Mechanics 0
A keen Autumnal wind blowing right down the Brora pitch really decided the issue in this September 25th fixture. Put simply, the Cans harnessed the elements in the first half, hit woodwork twice, had two goalbound efforts scrambled off the line, but failed to score. Brora on the other hand managed two goals downwind and were further aided at various stages of the second half by injuries to defenders Logan Ward and Connor McCartney, as well as goalie Jamie Brown. Not the Cans' day.
Mechanics 4 - Fort William 3
The Cans hit real form in this September 18th fixture, racing into a 3 goal lead and then withstanding a Fort William fight back to come out winners in a seven goal thriller. Goalscorers for the home team were Craig Dryburgh and Shane Cameron with a brace apiece. Craig scored for the second week in succession from a free-kick and Shane's debut could not have gone much better. There were good performances, though, right across the team.
Youth Development relies heavily on the generosity of local sponsors to meet the significant travel and running costs of the teams.
So far this season the lads and coaches wish to thank: