Inverness CT 4 - 1 Stenhousemuir

League Match
Saturday, November 8th, 1997, 3:00 PM at Caledonian Stadium, Inverness
Attendance: 1,669
Referee: T Brown
Inverness CT  Stenhousemuir

Goalscorers
Brian Thomson (37)
Barry Wilson (44)
Wayne Addicoat (71)
Iain Stewart (82)
I Little (49)

Team Managers
Steve Paterson Unknown.

Starting Eleven
Les Fridge
Richard Hastings
Iain MacArthur
Paul Cherry
Ross Tokely
Mark McCulloch
Davie Ross
Barry Wilson
Iain Stewart
Brian Thomson
Duncan Shearer
N Alexander
C Innes
G Armstrong
A Banks
J Fisher
I Little
A Sprott
P Hunter
D Roseburgh
S Farrell
M Campbell

Substitutes
Mike Noble
Neil McCuish
Wayne Addicoat
J Henderson
S Brown
R Law

Substitutions
Wayne Addicoat for Duncan Shearer (25)
R Law -> D Roseburgh (22)

Bookings
Iain MacArthur
Paul Cherry
Brian Thomson
J Fisher

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Les Fridge (GK) 15 apps -
Richard Hastings 101 apps2 goals
Ross Tokely 34 apps2 goals
Paul Cherry 52 apps3 goals
Iain MacArthur 83 apps -
Mark McCulloch 10 apps1 goal
Davie Ross 88 apps9 goals
Barry Wilson 50 apps8 goals
Iain Stewart 99 apps60 goals
Brian Thomson 65 apps22 goals
Duncan Shearer 8 apps2 goals
Wayne Addicoat (sub) 27 apps4 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Ross Tokely (18 years 250 days)
Oldest Player:Les Fridge (1999 years 98 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 317 days
Domestic Players:10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Wayne Addicoat (18 years 149 days)
Oldest Player:Les Fridge (1999 years 98 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 177 days
Domestic Players:13 (92.86 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones
Barry Wilson played his 50th major competitive game for the Club.

The home side lifted themselves off the bottom of the Division with this impressive performance. Despite enforced changes the team played well and controlled most of the game. Duncan Shearer had to go to Raigmore Hospital for stitches to a head wound after 22 minutes and he was replaced by Wayne Addicoat. The first half hour was a tale of near things but in 37 minutes transfer-listed Brian Thomson hammered home the first goal from 25 yards after a cut back from Barry Wilson. Seven minutes later Wilson made it two when he ran onto an Addicoat pass and hit a tremendous shot from 25 yards which deflected past Neil Alexander. Four minutes into the second half Stenhousemuir pulled one back when Ian Little headed home a cross from the right – bad defensive marking once more cost the Inverness side a soft goal. A minute later a Paul Hunter close range shot forced a good save from Fridge but Stenhousemuir created little after that. In 54 minutes Paul Cherry sent Iain Stewart clear into the box, Stewart slipped it to Addicoat but his 8 yard shot was blocked. Caley Jags piled on the pressure and in 71 minutes it was 3-1. A McCulloch 25 yard blast came off the bar and a defender before falling to Addicoat who hooked it home while on his back! In 82 minutes it was all over when Stewart scored the fourth. A through ball found him on the edge of the box and he clinically flicked it past Alexander. Four minutes later it should have been 5-1 when Addicoat rounded the ‘keeper and missed an open goal. Overall a fine afternoon for the home fans – they have waited a long time for a Division 2 league win at Caledonian Stadium.

Match report written by Ian Broadfoot

None.

Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Livingston 12 6 4 2 18 12 6 22
2. Clydebank 12 5 6 1 17 7 10 21
3. Stranraer 12 4 5 3 20 15 5 17
4. Forfar Athletic 12 5 2 5 21 22 -1 17
5. East Fife 12 5 2 5 16 21 -5 17
6. Clyde 12 4 4 4 17 16 1 16
7. Queen of the South 12 5 1 6 19 22 -3 16
8. Stenhousemuir 12 4 2 6 16 23 -7 14
9. Inverness CT 12 2 5 5 19 17 2 11
10. Brechin City 12 2 5 5 14 22 -8 11