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Breedon Highland Football League Saturday February 9th 2019 Nairn County 0 Inverurie Loco Works 3 County – MacLean Dingwall Naismith MacLean Main MacLennan Ramsay Porritt (MacDonald) MacKenzie (MacLean) Shewan Ewan. Subs not used Dey Ednie MacKenzie Eadie Kendall. Locos – A Reid T Reid Mitchell Michie (McCabe) Souter Broadhurst Hunter McLean Gauld (Bolton) Angus (Gordon) Watt. Unused subs Crisp Rennie Charlesworth Cook

Referee Gordon Seago

Stats – Locos first. Shots On 8-3, Off 8-4, Fouls 6-9, Corners 3-5, Offside 3-0. Inverurie Locos were controlled & disciplined in defeating a plucky Nairn County on Saturday. After the previous week’s match fell to frost, Locos were looking to move forward from the loss suffered in the Sutherland infinitude triangle in their last outing. Chris Herd was suspended having been booked six times in the league campaign, with Messrs Duff & Leyden unavailable. Greg Mitchell slotted into the left back berth. Collective hats were metaphorically removed to acknowledge the brilliant work carried out by the County groundsmen in presenting a park in super condition, Friday’s standing water & frozen zones forcing a Saturday morning inspection. Referee Seago was handling his third Locos match of the season & this match started bang on time, with the home goalie wearing orange, Andy Reid in bright green & the outfield players all in their registered regular colours, avoiding delaying clashes. A stiff breeze was blowing in from the Railway End & was at the back of the homesters in the first period. Nairn forced three early corners with a Naismith header being flicked away from the post by Mitchell & Shewan miscuing a chance from around ten yards. Locos first threatened with a ferocious McLean effort that rippled the side netting. A wind assisted MacLennan corner required to be tipped over by a careful Reid, a MacLean back pass then failed to find the goalie but also eluded any visiting attackers. Ewan then shot for goal but it was easily fielded by Reid. Keeper MacLean then dropped a drive from Hunter with the ball falling to a player in yellow & black. Neil Gauld was then released but his effort was straight at the torso of the keeper. The same Locos attacker then dinked a neat ball across the face of goal that was flapped away, once again the loose ball evading the Railwaymen. Locos were the better side by a distance & would have been worth a lead at this point, but there was no panic in the ranks. A low MacLennan shot was held in the basket by Reid, with a Gauld header just clearing the bar from a whipped Michie centre. Andy Watt was impressing again & had a lob drift inches wide. Chris Angus used power & finesse to escape a Nairn defender inside the box & showed commendable honesty in not tumbling over a dangled leg. Hunter headed wide & next an Angus header was superbly tipped up onto the bar by MacLean. The ball came crashing down & no goal was given, a decision later confirmed as correct by both sets of players. HT 0-0. It was bitterly cold but winter sunshine was trying at least to minimise the chill at Station Park. The Nairn goalie hurt himself going to the deck but was able to continue. Another skewed County backpass went unpunished as Locos turned the screw. It was one nil Locos on fifty six minutes, a super Michie cross & a very tidy ANGUS finish. Gauld was right in on goal but was called back for a tight offside call. Jamie Michie went to ground hurt & was replaced by Joe McCabe with Neil McLean inches from making it two nil. Referee Seago appeared determined to stay in the background rather than force himself into the limelight & only awarded seven free kicks in the first hour. For fans of a certain vintage, & indeed onlookers of every age group, this understated refereeing style isn’t witnessed enough in our national sport. Angus set out on an Archie Gemmill type mazy run that so nearly brought the blond bomber another goal. Greg Mitchell suffered a cut & bumped head being on the wrong end of a totally unintentional flailed County elbow. In typical Mitchell style the Inverurie lad was soon afield again, sporting a wee square of gauze on the forehead. Angus was fouled by Dingwall inside the box, the home lad avoiding a card, leaving Neil GAULD to stroke the spot kick home. Neil then had another swerving attempt dip over the bar. McCabe struck a fierce shot too high with MacLean pulling off a top save from a Gauld direct free kick. Bolton & Gordon came on for scorers Gauld & Angus. The ‘BeeGees’ weren’t long in making an impact. Kyle GORDON wriggling free in the box & crashing a drilled low drive into the Nairn net. Smashing to see this likeable young fella in good health & looking sharp & alert. MacLellan was yellowed in 93 minutes for a crude & unnecessary foul on Neil McLean, with Nacho tearing down the left flank like a youthful whipper snapper. This one finished 3-0 to Inverurie with Andy Reid bagging another clean sheet, the first for the club since recording three in a row at the end of November/start of December. Friday night football under the lights returns this week (15th) with Deveronvale the visitors, kick off 8pm. The week after (Sat 23rd) sees Wick Academy visit Inverurie. In the middle of these the Buchan Babes will take their bow in front of the Harlaw Park fans on Monday 18th, to host Buckie Thistle & be presented with the Aberdeenshire League trophy. Kick off is 8pm.   

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