Colin Maclean nervously laced up his boots and strode onto the Claggan Park turf for his first Highland League start.
The 18-year-old from Back was following in the studmarks of big brother Martin, who is a regular for Brora Rangers, as he swapped the blue shirt of his home village club for the white away shirt of the Highland League champs.
He hoped to make a decent impression on his first run out from the start for Brora, but he didn’t just impress for the champs – he produced a chest-pumping, scintillating six-goal display to gun down Fort William with his stunning double-hat-trick.
“Obviously I didn’t expect to score six times on my first start,” he explained.
“I was a bit nervous before the match when I was told I was starting, as all my previous appearances have been coming off the bench late on in games.
“Scoring my first goal settled me down, and from then on I felt confident and worked hard to try and get into positions for other chances.
Colin, who is studying welding at Inverness College, is hoping to win a deal with Brora, and after shooting down an experienced Highland League defence with six-goals on his debut, it is difficult to imagine he hasn’t already done enough to warrant a chance.
But the teenager isn’t taking anything for granted.
“It is my first senior goal for Brora, although I should have scored before now as I have missed a few sitters in other games,” said Maclean lightheartedly.
“To finally get off the mark is a great feeling, and I’ll try really hard now to stay in the manager’s thoughts.”