Inverurie Locos 0 Fraserburgh 5


Broch LEASK DICKSON HAY COWIE SIMPSON DAVIDSON BEAGRIE WEST (BUTCHER) CAMPBELL (COMBE) YOUNG BARBOUR (G BUCHAN) UNUSED SUBS – C.BUCHAN HARRIS JOHNSTON FINN Ref – SCOTT LESLIE Stats, Locos First. Shots ON 1-10, Shots OFF 4-5, Fouls 9-10, Corners 3-4, Offside 2-4. This was a right tough day at the office for anyone of a Locos persuasion with Fraserburgh simply the better side right from the off, & all the way through. Locos, as expected, were without Neil Gauld who left the park early up at Clach, leaving manager Cooper without an entire forward line & indeed minus the players who have collectively netted around three hundred & fifty Locos career goals. Any club at any level would be hurting without their equivalent of Angus – Gauld – Smith – Hunter. However at the other end the miserly defending of last season looks a distant memory, with the group having conceded a total already only seven goals shy of the entire total from the last campaign. Unwelcome pairs of 3s, 4s & 5s lost at home & half a dozen at Harmsworth. Off the park Locos were admitting current & past Armed Forces personnel free, with First Inverurie Boys Brigade collecting for the poppy appeal at the turnstiles & pipers from Kintore Pipe Band providing a brilliant musical backdrop to the pre-match build up. Beagrie & McLean traded early opportunities, before the standside linesman got into a fankle, calling a foul on Mark Souter the wrong way. Play was stopped soon after for Steven Park to be lectured, harsh & unnecessary as he clearly only politely queried the call. Anyway back to the play & McCabe had an effort deflected wide. One-nil to Fraserburgh on fourteen minutes, a clearance from a Reid kick allowed BARBOUR to sprint forward, past a Locos rearguard betwixt & between holding a line or making a challenge, & just all to simple. The same player then got into a good position & struck the face of the Locos post. Young forced Reid into a brave near post save before a McCabe lob went close, a rare piece of respite for Inverurie. Leyden whipped in a corner that Charlesworth headed just over. A long ball from Fraserburgh again wasn’t dealt with, CAMPBELL surely shocked to be able to pass the ball home with Locos in disarray. Rennie cleared a Broch free kick off the line, Leask then misjudged a ball outside his box but McCabe couldn’t punish the error. HT 0-2. Six minutes into the second period & match over. YOUNG stroked home from close in, under no challenge. Dickson then missed a sitter & Butcher headed wide. HAY made it four, yet again an easy close in finish. It was 5-0 on seventy four minutes, CAMPBELL completing his brace. Young & Buchan went close but the referee’s whistle stopped any further punishment. It was the first recording of back to back blanks for the Locos since September 2016. The side are obviously well below the record-breaking levels of 2017/18, but these challenging matches & difficult spells are a time for the Locos family to circle the wagons, dig deep & keep calm. Cooper & Park in particular thoroughly deserve nothing but the best of support as they await the return of key personnel. Wednesday couldn’t be a tougher assignment, as the Locos travel to Fraserburgh on Aberdeenshire Shield duty. The match will see the clubs face each other in four different competitions already this season. Supporters should note the Rothes match away on the 10th kicks off at 2pm.   

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