Breedon Highland Football League Saturday December 1st 2018 Huntly 0 Inverurie Locos 4 Inverurie Locos notched their senior football win number four hundred at a cold Christie Park on Saturday. Cooper & Park stayed with the rearguard that defended so well seven days earlier in repelling Buckie Thistle. Eighteen year old Andy Watt was the midfielder charged with protecting the centre halves, the M & M partnership of Michie & McLean were manning the engine room with Charlesworth supporting the exciting A & B pairing up top of Chris Angus & another teenage protege, Josh Bolton. Ace striker Neil Gauld was absent with illness. Huntly were in good form going into this latest A96 derby & were being supported with an exuberant cacophony in the Main Stand, the sold-out Hospitality patrons adding extra spice to the encounter. Smoke was billowing onto the park from a neighbouring garden fire, & this, added to the chanting & shouting, made it look like Boca v River Plate in miniature! Talismanic skipper McLean fired just over from twenty yards then Ross Still escaped a yellow after a jersey pull dragged Jamie Michie to the deck. Experienced leniency from Mat Northcroft so early in the match. McGowan volleyed miles over Reid’s bar, before David Booth got into a tangle, attempting a back heel flick with a high degree of difficulty instead of just making any reasonable contact from a centred ball, that would surely have seen the Tigers ahead. If Huntly were just ahead in enjoying the best early moments, they were to fall behind to some excellent quality from Josh BOLTON. The young man burst clear from deep, leaving Huntly defenders with no chance of catching the rocket-heeled striker & after Storrier had parried his linked shot, he made no mistake with the rebound, stroking the ball home. This was met with fully justifiable glee on the Locos bench & amongst the travelling fans. McGowan drove the ball wide soon after, another Still foul in the build-up not being spotted by the referee. Colin Charlesworth, recently having signed a contract extension, was so close to adding a second Locos goal, but his touch was just too heavy. The home side went close to a leveller when David Booth struck the inside of the post, having looking several yards offside. Chris Herd showed he was a full paid up member of the Wide Awake Club by being first to each & clear the ball away. Zander Jack cracked a shot over the perimeter wall as Huntly battled to get back into the football match. Their discipline was poor next as Gary McGowan came off second best in a challenge for the ball with McLean. The Huntly recklessly swung an arm at the Locos captain before also appearing to make contact with a head butt. An incredibly easy call for the referee to offer up a red card. Jamie Michie was a tad late with a challenge that earned him a yellow card, with Zander Jack receiving the same minutes later for a similar tackle. It was 2-0 to Inverurie on thirty nine minutes & it came from an unlikely source. Jamie Michie flighted in a free kick that Storrier lost in flight, the ball struck the bar & the rebound was headed home by Chris HERD & his first goal for the Locos. Storrier’s toils continued & he then was flummoxed by a Nacho corner that glanced the face of the bar. As half time approached there was more joy to come for the Railwaymen. Neil MCLEAN pounced on a loose ball & blotted it home to make it 3-0. The goal cemented Neil’s place as our fourth highest scorer in the senior era. Captain - Leader - Legend. HT 3-0 Locos. Handbags were swinging as the players & staff left the park & went up the tunnel. McLean was yellowed with Huntly assistant gaffer Cheyne red carded. Duff replaced the yellowed Michie & the second period commenced with Chris Herd driving forward on a sixty yard dash. Nick Gray shot over from close from a quickly taken free kick by Huntly. The ball appeared to be moving & the referee appeared to be speaking to a Locos player as play raged on, but no matter as the chance went awry anyway. Thomas Reid & Andrew Watt were performing with distinction & the latter fed Chris Angus as the blonde bomber shot just wide. 4-0 on fifty six minutes. Angus did the spade work, leading his opponents a merry dance before rolling the ball sideways to Josh BOLTON who crashed the ball home to bag a brace. McLean, Still, Angus & Duff all had rapid fire chances & this match was certainly entertaining & not lacking in incident or interest. Chris Angus force a Storrier save with his legs. Napier drove high, Angus was inches from a Duff free-kick & Clark crashed a header over from close in. Locos were working hard for their clean sheet, make no mistake, with Crisp & Broadhurst both hurtling into brave diving blocks. Kai Ross shot wide right at the end of this match, with Locos richly deserving their heavy win & clean sheet. Really pleasing stuff from Locos with the teenage trio of Reid, Watt & Bolton all doing brilliantly on the day with no failures through the whole side. Inverurie will need to wait for their next fixture with no match on December 8th. December 15th sees Turriff United come calling to Harlaw to bring the curtain down on the first XI’s home fixtures for another calendar year. Fans should note that the Under 20s travel to Buckie on Monday December 10th looking for a solitary point to secure their first ever County League flag.
Match Stats - Locos first. Shots ON 6-0, Shots OFF 4-10, Fouls 6-12, Corners 4-5, Offside 7-3, Yellows 3-1, Reds 0-1
Huntly - Storrier Jack Johnston Clark McRitchie (Napier) C Booth (Murison) Still Ross Gray (McDonald) D Booth McGowan. Unused subs Farquhar Thoirs Hay
Locos - A Reid T Reid Herd Watt Crisp Broadhurst Charlesworth (Gordon) McLean Bolton Angus Michie (Duff) unused Subs Leyden Souter Cook