Locos 4 Forfar West End 3
After a successful and high scoring match (8-4) away to Dyce Juniors, Locos were at home on Saturday with Junior side Forfar West End providing the opposition. In sunny conditions the pace was blistering from the off with the Junior team playing the match like a cup tie while Locos tried to settle into a pattern of play with some youngsters bolstering half a dozen first team regulars. The visitors were quick to close down and when they took the lead in the opening ten minutes they were worthy of the advantage, however Craig BATCHELOR looked very much offside and he found himself with the easiest of chances against Cook in the home goal. With some inconsistent decision making by both the referee and his assistants it was unsurprising when the visitors were awarded a penalty when Souter was adjudged to have fouled ion the box.Scott FULLERTON made it 2-0 from the spot kick and forced Locos into upping the tempo of their game. Gary Thain in the Forfar goal made a couple of good saves and his post came to the rescue when youngster Campbell Marr curled a low shot towards goal. Locos were eventually rewarded for their efforts, Chris ANGUS scoring from the spot on the half hour mark after Mitchell had been taken down in the box. Play swung in locos favour but West End held out until the interval. Manager Cooper replaced three of the younger players with regular starters as Marr, Watt and Reid made way for Broadhurst , Crisp and Herd. Forfar also made a change with keeper Thain being replaced by Burns. Locos were on the front foot from the off and seemed to be taking control of the play but several errors in the middle of the park allowed the Angus side to break free and Cook was again beaten by BATCHELOR somewhat against the run of play. Locos were quick to respond and a rasping shot from distance by Jordan LEYDEN may have had the slightest of touches from Angus on the way under the keeper to pull one back. Locos had the chance to level the game with a penalty after Mitchell had been tripped in the box but the replacement keeper did well to save Angus’s kick. The Forfar goal was under siege and they had a raft of replacements as legs tired as they tried to defend their lead. Locos equaliser came fifteen minutes from the end from the head of Mark SOUTER from close range with the visiting defence claiming offside. Four minutes later Greg Mitchell drove into the box and unleashed a superb strike towards goal which glanced off the head of substitute full back Max REID and an own goal resulted giving Locos the lead. Both sides had chances to add to the scoreline but Locos looked the more likely to add to their tally. A good work out for Locos with several of their key players rested and all credit to the junior side who made them work hard for the win.