Ace Brace By The Gaulden One

Rothes 1 Locos 2

Rothes Mackay Stark (Ballam 73) Wood MacDonald Duff (capt) Maley Wilson Pollock Anderson Sutherland (Cormack 82) Davidson(Kerr 73) Subs not used Duncan Neil Milne Donaldson gk Inverurie Locos A Reid Michie Mitchell (Rennie 38) Duff Souter Crisp McCabe McLean Gauld Angus Leyden (Charlesworth 76) Subs not used Herd Watt T Reid Bolton Cook gk Back in the groove. Three games without a win a distant memory at the end of this one with a great three points earned and the goal famine expired. No concidence that the dynamic duo of Neil Gauld and Chris Angus were back in harness together after a few weeks apart. And with other injured strikers slowly returning to fitness, much relief for management team. But the other end of the park the new concern. Ryan Broadhurst already out with a shoulder injury and Greg Mitchell going down with same affliction Pre match an impeccably observed minute of silence for those who have given their lives in battle and of course particularly remembering the 100th anniversary of World War 1 Early in the game Angus was sent through on goal and when the ball was played across the face of goal there appeared to be an impeding of Gauld lining up to fire in on goal. No surprise that with only 8 minutes on the clock referee Dan MacFarlane was not going for a big call It was a sparkling start despite the heavy surface, Jordan Leyden, Angus and Mitchell linking up well and inevitably the final ball was heading Gauld way. The No 9 though saw his sidefoot effort blocked in front of goal Rothes were looking uncertain and their case not helped when goalkeeper Cameron Mackay dropped a cross and had to rely on a defender to clear from near his goal line Great movement by Joe McCabe towards the right bye line was followed by an inch perfect cross to the back post. Angus rose well but failed to guide his header between the posts McCabe was again to the fore when he fed the ball through the centre channel for Angus to chip the advancing goalie, but as the ex Buckie forward tried to compose himself to roll the ball over the line, Al Stark raced back to clear The Speysiders were certainly playing second fiddle but starting to get into good shooting positions, but in no way worrying Andy Reid. However that was to change in 28 minutes, Al Sutherland getting in at the right side of the Locos defence and playing over a well hit cross. It missed players and landed for the unmarked Jaime WILSON who wasted no time in despatching past Reid It had been going so well but on top of the loss of the surprise goal worse was to follow within ten minutes, Mitchell racing over from left to right to provide cover and landing awkwardly on the turf. He was in obvious pain and to the same shoulder hurt in the Deveronvale fixture. After treatment from Ashley Armstrong he retreated to the dressing room but returned to the field of play .Carrying his right arm awkwardly it was a mere cameo appearance and he was rightly replaced at left back by Connor Rennie A wild challenge by Sutherland on Jamie Michie went unpunished and the half's proceedings ended with a promising Leyden run but weak shot to finish The second half started not as promisingly as the first, Stuart Duff losing possession after being a model of composure up to then, however Reid rescued by parrying well the shot by Scott Davidson The equaliser on the hour was a good one started by Reid with the kick out, Souter still up there getting the ball down for GAULD to quickly swivel and rifling home before Mackay could move. 397 minutes without a goal now at an end Gauldy was now hungry to add another, on the turn coming close to beating the keeper 22 yards out And he was in on the action again when a chip went over the top of the home defence but the prolific striker was in two minds, take the ball first time or take it down. In the end it was a cross between the two The winner was hopefully coming but time starting to run out, Gauld releasing Angus who watched his shot trundle wide But hey ho would you believe it two minutes to go and in a special weekend of remembrance a winning goal never to be forgotten . Angus in only his second game back beating defenders and heading to the bye line. A quick look up and guess who. GAULDY with the wallop home from close range for his 32nd of the season Finally a brief mention of Andy Reid. A difficult pitch for a goalie but he made the saves he had to confidently amid a back line disrupted by two consistent defenders being out of action and going out of action 

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