HALLOWEEN HORROR AT MERKINCH
CLACHNACUDDIN 0 INVERURIE LOCOS 0
Clach – MACLENNAN MACRAE FINNIS WEBB SMITH ROBERTSON MACKINTOSH MACASKILL PENWRIGHT (LAWRIE) LESLIE CHALMERS (BEESTON) – UNUSED SUBS DUNN SHEWAN FRASER MACKILLOP MARTIN
Locos – A REID RENNIE MITCHELL DUFF SOUTER CRISP BROADHURST MICHIE MCLEAN GAULD (LEYDEN) MCCABE CHARLESWORTH(BOLTON). UNUSED SUBS HERD WATT T REID COOK Stats – Locos First. Shots ON 6-3 Shots OFF 11-4, Fouls 12-9, Corners 5-0, Offside 1-0 Yellows 2-0 A goal-less draw at Clachnacuddin on Halloween is neither a trick or a treat, & was more of a ghostly kick in the ghoulies for a spooked Locos. Inverurie’s record in midweek away fixtures has been poor for a long time but the Railwaymen were strong favourites in this SHFL clash against a home side who have toiled all season. Mark Souter was quite properly omitted from the squad after a heavy blow to the head on Saturday. Dan Crisp started at full back with Greg Mitchell covering the vacant centre half berth. Charlesworth replaced Leyden wide. Grant Street Park was in brilliant order, possibly the best surface in the north. The early phases here were tentatively played out with Inverurie the better side without manufacturing any clear cut opportunities. Locos suffered another, yet another, injury blow with north football’s top scorer Neil Gauld forced off with injury. Jordan Leyden replacing the prized goalgetter. A Leyden shot was pulled wide with McCabe inches from converting, McLean then drove wide. The skipper then met a volley perfectly & despatched the ball home but a tight but correct offside flag was raised. Mackintosh flashed a shot wide in a rare Clach foray forward. Keeper MacLennan was spilling crosses & generally riding his luck & began time wasting with half time still some way off. This needed to be nipped in the bud but referee Baxter did nothing & so it continued right through to the final whistle. Clach finished the half slightly the stronger. A McLean shot was spilled but yet again the ball didn’t break to a Locos jersey. Locos won a penalty when Mitchell was crudely tripped. The ball appeared somewhat out of range but the referee contented himself that the Clach defender had made a legitimate attempt to win the ball & so was allowed to remain afield. Jordan Leyden was surprisingly given the ball instead of the club captain & didn’t cut an image of a player full of confidence. He leaned back & skied the ball into the Inverness night sky. Jamie Michie rasped in a long range drive that just went above the bar, then a McLean free kick was tipped over. Stuart Duff was clearly barged to the deck but the referee was possibly unsighted & missed the routine penalty award. McCabe was next to pass up a great chance & skelped the ball over with the goal gaping & unattended. Finnis led dangerously with an elbow with the yellow card not shown, the player being afforded more tolerance than Michie & Duff, who were both booked harshly. Locos missed several makeable chances & with no time added for the excessive time wasting, Locos had to settle for a thoroughly underwhelming 0-0 draw.