LOCOS – A.REID RENNIE (T.REID) HERD (J.COOPER) DUFF SOUTER BROADHURST MITCHELL MCLEAN GAULD ANGUS LEYDEN (D.CRISP) UNUSED SUBS MICHIE COOK REF – B. BAXTER. Stats – Locos First: Shots ON 10-3 , Shots OFF 12-2, Fouls 13-11, Corners 7-4, Offside 3-0, Yellows 3-3 Inverurie Locos eased into fourth berth in the Highland League table following a 5-2 win at Grant Street in Lossie, with the scoreline hugely flattering to the home side. Joe McCabe was sitting out the first of his two match ban following the harsh red card from the win over Brora Rangers. This is still a group missing key personnel but did have a boost with Jamie Michie fit enough to be named amongst the subs. The Lossiemouth surface was really firm, uneven & fiery, so set to be challenging for a side who pass the ball as well as the Railwaymen. Stewart Black, the Lossie keeper, took to the field in a dayglo pink top without a club crest or sponsor’s logo, which caught the eye early on. Inverurie almost took the lead inside a few seconds, a Gauld flick had Angus ever so close to connecting in front of goal. Angus was lively and drove wide next before Gauld was denied by a Black block. Angus again, Duff & Gauld all had chances come & go, with Lossie mightily fortunate not be on the wrong end of a cricket score early on. Locos were not to be denied & what a goal to break the deadlock on seventeen minutes. Neil MCLEAN latched onto a loose ball twenty four yards out & rasped a classic Nacho rifle shot low past Black into the corner. Sweet. This fantastic servant has now netted in fifteen consecutive campaigns. Some media outlets bizarrely gave the goal to Greg Mitchell. After the farcical scenes across recent Locos outings it was hoped that the officials would have an understated afternoon but the standside linesman got a routine offside call all wrong & temporarily had the away bench hot under the collar. Locos should have been at least five goals up but incredibly found themselves pegged back on twenty five minutes. Jordan Leyden came second in a tussle for the ball & Ross ELLIOT was fed the ball, he took advantage of having too much room from an Inverurie viewpoint & stroked it home. Ian Campbell was lectured at length on the Lossie bench & just as this situation was being addressed, Greg Mitchell burst in to the Lossie box & was clipped clearly. Up stepped Neil Gauld who unfortunately skied his kick over the bar. Neil GAULD only knows one way to make up for a miss & that’s to score quickly after! The leading scorer weaved inside the box, drew the keeper & clipped the ball home. McCauley was yellowed for dissent, as was Duff for a trip. HT 2-1 Locos. Leyden, Gauld & Mitchell continued the wave of attacks as Lossie remained on the cusp of a heavy beating. There were sardonic cheers at Grant Street when referee Baxter was floored by a Nacho cross field pass. Inverurie were home & hosed on fifty three minutes. Chris Angus cut the ball back from the byline & Neil GAULD knocked the ball into the onion bag. Neil flashed a header over next from a Rennie cross. McCall was yellowed for a trip on Leyden. Scott Campbell looked set to perhaps take his leave after raising his hands to Chris Herd but he escaped any punishment. Leyden had a shot deflected into the air with Mitchell close to heading home the rebound. Campbell caught Souter across the face with a careless & dangerous flailing arm which left the Inverurie player bloodied & in need of treatment. This should have yielded a red card but instead a confusing yellow was shown. Souter & his team-mates did really well to curb their anger at this juncture. Eighteen minutes left & Neil GAULD was yet again a hat-trick hero for the Locos. This most natural of goalscorers netted from close in. Stacks of chances were being passed up by Inverurie. Thomas Reid was now on the field & he was harshly adjudged to have deliberately handled the ball as it fired up from his foot to his upper body. His hands were in a natural position & no movement was made towards the ball. Yellow card. CAMPBELL, somehow still afield, just about saw his penalty home. 4-2 Inverurie. Greg Mitchell was enraged soon after when another obvious call went against his side. Another yellow. Neil GAULD finished this gamed with a lovely lob into the net. FT 5-2. On another day this could have been double figures for Inverurie but its three points gleaned & contact very much kept with the league’s summit. Lossiemouth’s players never quit but they are set for a very long and difficult campaign.  

Next is the William Hill Scottish Cup Round One. Friday night, 8pm kick off, at Harlaw Park v Fraserburgh. It’s a shame one of the league’s strongest & most entertaining clubs has to leave the national cup competition this early but that’s the way it is.   

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