LOCOS PASS MECHANICS ROAD TEST
INVERURIE LOCOS 2 FORRES MECHANICS 1 Locos – A REID RENNIE MITCHELL DUFF SOUTER (CRISP) BROADHURST MICHIE MCLEAN GAULD MCCABE LEYDEN (CHARLESWORTH). UNUSED SUBS WATT T REID BOLTON COOK
Mechanics – KNIGHT JOHNSTONE MACPHERSON G FRASER MILNE POLLOCK THAIN ( AIDAN MACPHEE) MACRAE DUNCANSON (TAYLOR) HOWARTH SOANE (ALLAN MACPHEE) UNUSED SUB MOIR
Stats – Locos First. Shots ON 5-3, Shots OFF 9-2, Fouls 10-9, Corners 5-3, Offside 4-2, Yellows 2-1 Inverurie Locos moved up to second in the Breedon Highland Football League with a thoroughly merited & hard fought victory against Forres Mechanics on Saturday. The Can Cans have been in brilliant form for all of this calendar year & Charlie Rowley consistently gets a tune out of his squad. Both sides bagged seven goals in their previous outing, Locos at Lochaber & Forres in handing out a proper pasting to Buckie. Locos named the same line up as took to the field at Claggan Park & kicked off attacking the Railway End, as is the accepted tradition. A bright sunny morning was followed by really heavy rain & stiff winds, but as kick off arrived, the skies lightened & sunshine again had Harlaw gleaming. Ladies Day was again a terrific success & the Main Stand clientele was bolstered with much needed glitz & glamour! Referee was Liam Duncan, who had been the centre of attention on recent visits, with a clutch of controversial capers & technical area expulsions. Fifth hosting fourth was suitably tentative & tight early on with Neil Gauld caught offside twice & Stuart Duff doing well to continue after looking in quite a bit of discomfort. That man Gauld was gunning for goal number thirty (yes it is still October) & a neat lob was just too high. Stuart Soane nearly sneaked in at the near stock for Forres with a Mitchell flashing header ruled academic as the offside flag was raised. Keeper Knight was toiling with the ball at his feet & four clearances all left then playing surface on the Terrace sided. He was then second to a fifty-fifty with Jordan Leyden but the Locos man couldn’t find a team-mate with the subsequent centre. Andrew Macrae is an impressive footballer but needed a word in his ear from referee Duncan after hitting the deck far too easily. Soane then had to be replaced by Allan McPhee after failing to recover from what looked like a hamstring issue. Had the first half been a boxing match it was probably level on most judges’ scorecards but a McCabe deflected shot that went close might have pushed some into a narrow points win for the homesters. HT 0-0. The first half was intriguing without having patrons shuffling towards the edge of their seats, but the second period was to be far more Highland League-like, with collective hand brakes off. Robbie Duncanson travelled far too far without meaningful challenge but king gloves Reid saved without much fuss. A Leyden swerving, dipping effort just evaded the crossbar before a few of the referee’s calls left Locos officials & supporters less than thrilled. Steven Park was checking if the tariff for yellow cards was different for each side, prompting the now familiar sight of this referee stopping play to lecture coaches. Fifty two minutes & two goals in two games for the excellent Mark SOUTER. The big local lad swooped close to the Mechanics goal to blast home after a Nacho corner wasn’t defended well. Un-Forres-like but no-one in red & black was caring a jot. Neil McLean wound back the clock with a run & searing drive that enthused the home crowd still further. Locos had their tails up & were clocking up attempts on goal & were showing flashes of the flowing football that was the hallmark of last season. A Broadhurst long diagonal was expertly controlled by Mitchell with his whipped cross ever so close to being nodded home by McCabe. Neil Gauld was showing a top touch again, often surrounded by white jerseys but regularly being able to hold, turn & introduce colleagues into play. Mature, selfless stuff from this prize striker. Jamie Michie was providing boundless energy & munching up the hard yards & deserved to be rewarded when a sweet strike was deflected past. Concern next as an honest but hefty collision between Knight & Souter left the Locos man prone on the deck. Thankfully Mark was sitting up quickly after but was removed from play, Dan Crisp taking to the park. Rennie made a wonderful tackle to avoid a leveller with the subsequent corner taken a good two feet outside of the quadrant. Forres won another resultant corner & from this one found themselves level. Against the run of play but a neat MACRAE flick at the near post. Thirteen minutes left & would Locos feel sorry for themselves & see this clash just plod to a share of the spoils? No sir. Colin Charlesworth replaced Jordan Leyden & the fans were willing the flying winger to show the gaffer what he’s capable of. Coco picked the ball up wide left on the standside, switched on the after burners & whizzed past the full back. His driven low centre looked like it might evade his team-mates but Neil GAULD took a fine first touch & swished the ball home. Number thirty for the campaign & total delirium at Harlaw Park. Macrae had a show saved by Reid with keeper Knight then sent forward for a free kick & a corner as the match continued into a ninety sixth minute. It appeared excessive for the subs & short stops in play but Inverurie were strong & steadfast & showed top concentration right to the last. A brilliant win for Locos & the second half was a top advert for our football league. The lads now head to Clachnacuddin on Wednesday night, kick off 8pm.