MATCH FOCUS : Fraserburgh 3 Inverurie Loco Works 1
Wednesday September 13th 2017
Fraserburgh: Tait, Davidson, Hay, R.Cowie, Christie, D.Cowie, Rae, West (Campbell), Harris (C.Buchan), Young, G.Buchan (R.Sargent). Unused subs – Taylor, Flinn.
Inverurie Locos: Booth, Crisp, Mitchell, McCabe, Souter, Broadhurst, Charlesworth, McLean, Hunter, McDonald, Leyden (Duff). Unused subs Laing, Gordon, Mathieson.
Referee – Liam Duncan
Match Stats – Locos first. Shots On 1-5, shots off 5-5, Fouls 9-12, Corners 5-6, Offside 1-4, Yellows 3-0.
Wednesday night saw Locos presented with a possibility of claiming second place in the table but were to finish the evening defeated & dropping to sixth. Heavy rain around the north east had put paid to several fixtures but the Bellslea surface was in fine fettle for this clash. Laing & Duff dropped out from Lossie, with Crisp & Charlesworth restored. Leading hitman Gauld was still injured. Inverurie were the better side from the off & really should have gone ahead inside the first few minutes but couldn’t convert when firstly a Charlesworth cut back found the strikers flat footed then a Leyden shot was pulled wide of the left post. On nine minutes Hunter burst into the box but skewed a low shot wide, followed by a curling McCabe drive that was too high. Locos really should have been two goals to the good, and as is the way in football matches at every level, the misses were to haunt them & be cruelly punished. Fraserburgh went one up on twelve minutes through YOUNG, with their first foray into Inverurie territory. A blatant & crucial handball wasn’t seen by the officials in the build-up but Young quite properly took full advantage of the situation & slammed the ball into the corner. Souter was yellowed for attempting to update the officials on the missed handball. Greg Mitchell was next to shoot for goal before an excellent curling McLean cross saw no-one take a gamble & again Broch wer
e let off the hook. Endless long balls to Harris were just about the extent of the home side’s first half endeavours & the player in question lobbed wide as the half wore on. McLean was harshly cautioned soon after when the decision could just as easily been a free-kick to his side. Lady luck was favouring the Broch, with keeper Tait totally misjudging a through ball outside of the penalty box, but again Locos failed to level. A Charlesworth shot was deflected wide as Locos were left to rue missing wonderful early chances. HT 1-0 Fraserburgh. Mark Souter caught a flailing arm in the face & had to receive treatment. Booth fumbled a low shot, West unable to turn in the rebound, then the keeper dropped a Cowie free-kick but it remained 1-0. Fraserburgh had offered very little in the first period but were better down the hill, finally getting the ball down & playing some football. Inverurie were showing signs of another Wednesday evening second half no-show & were to go 2-0 behind on sixty eight minutes when HARRIS caught the rearguard flat & was gift wrapped a tap in. Locos looked dead but finally clocked up their one & only attempt on target & it yielded a goal. A McLean corner was met by a leaping HUNTER who nodded home on seventy one minutes. West missed a sitter from point blank range, Booth saving brilliantly. The away side were continually struggling to harness the wind at their backs, choosing the wrong ball, or taking too many touches & missing out on the opportunity to test Tait. The Broch stopper shanked, topped & sliced a succession of back passes, but in keeping with how the evening went, all of these fell to players in black & white. Insult was added to injury after ninety three minutes when a routine coming together was adjudged to be a penalty, with Broadhurst the ‘guilty’ party. Observers were expecting a red card once the penalty was awarded but the Locos centre half received no card of any colour. Instead McCabe was yellowed for dissent. Sub CAMPBELL stroked the penalty home. FT 3-1 to Fraserburgh. A very disappointing night for Locos, with a genuine opportunity wasted to lay down a marker. Careless finishing at the start of this game was pivotal & essentially gifted all the points to a Fraserburgh side who didn’t need to go near top gear to claim the win. MOTM was again Mark Souter. Next is the visit of the physical powerhouse that is Forres Mechanics, ko 3pm on Saturday.