MOT FAILURE AT THE MECHANICS
BREEDON HIGHLAND FOOTBALL LEAGUE SATURDAY MARCH 2ND 2019 Forres Mechanics 2 Inverurie Locos 1 Forres: Knight Johnstone Fraser Groat Milne (Taylor) Miller MacRae (MacPherson) Farquhar Duncanson (Taylor) Howarth Soane. Unused Subs Allan, McPhee Faren Locos: A Reid T Reid Mitchell Duff Souter Broadhurst Michie McLean Angus Hunter (Charlesworth) McCabe (Gauld). Unused subs: Herd Rennie Gordon Bolton Cook Disappointing performances from the Locos have been few & far between during the Cooper tenure, but alas on Saturday it was a flat affair, allowing Mechanics to win without too many gear changes. Joe McCabe was handed a starting berth, Neil Gauld was only fit enough to begin on the bench with Kyle Gordon reverting to the subs list too. Mosset Park was drenched in early March sunshine as the teams took to the park, a comedy element provided by a ‘stag victim’ being led onto the park by the hand by the Can Cans’ captain. Inverurie didn’t settle well against Wick & again here Forres were the sharper & brighter in the early exchanges, although a pulled shot from Angus did get the first attempt upon goal marked in the jotter. Five minutes & lost possession by McCabe was punished ruthlessly, Forres charging forward with SOANE finding himself through on Reid without too many obstacles, rounding the goalie & stroking home. All far too easy. Soane then fired over from twenty yards before Andy Hunter cut in from the left & swerved an attempt wide. Forres were then given an almighty let off, a breaking ball wouldn’t quite sit for Broadhurst allowing Knight to block when any kind of correct purchase would have left him floundering, the rebound fell to Souter who shot over. Signs that Locos were finding their mojo. Mechanics were again in behind Inverurie forcing Reid to scamper to the extremes of his penalty box, diving full length to punch the ball to safety. Appeals from Forres for a spot kick were muted as the ball had clearly been diverted by the Locos number one. Robbie Duncanson was pulling the strings neatly in a withdrawn role & shot into the arms of Reid. Chris ANGUS then netted a leveller, his goal seeing him match Scott Michie on the all-time list, Locos completists will be interested to note. His touch, turn & finish was classy, leaving Knight wrong footed. The next seventeen minutes through to the break saw Locos on top, with a McLean effort straight at Knight, a Mitchell rebound just too high & a flying Broadhurst header deserving of something better than merely going inches wide. Inverurie couldn’t convert however & that would be the last of them as a threat in this contest. HT 1-1. Forres again started the better after the half-time cuppa, Broadhurst harshly yellowed for a routine foul, a taster for a bizarre series of yellows for one of the sides that was looming. Farquhar forced Reid into a top diving save, with McLean next to be yellowed, Groat having a wee roll around but back to his feet once the card was waved in the air. MacRae shot over for Forres as Locos retreated into a deep shape, losing impetus & drive. Can Can free kicks were being dished out like sweeties, & whilst Locos weren’t playing well at this point in the afternoon, likewise they were not enjoying any great success in the fifty-fifty decision stakes. The exception that proves the rule was a penalty appeal by Forres out wide right on the Stand side. The ball, according to local fans come the conclusion, was actually out, but Mechanics were allowed to whip a cross in. Locos arms were raised from the appeal on the ball being over the byline & this was later given to home officials as the reason for no spot kick. A rare Locos foray across the halfway line saw Hunter lob wide. Duncanson volleyed wide, Mitchell was then yellowed. MACRAE had Forres ahead on seventy three minutes, and whilst this strike was sweet & true, the missed jersey pull on Angus in the build up was a sore one for Locos-minded folk to witness. The referee must have had his view blocked & it is easy to note such incidents from the high vantage point in the stand, compared to the stramash down on the factory floor. Angus was let down by this & was yellowed for ensuring the referee was made aware of the fact. MacPherson rasped in a screaming effort that Reid batted away superbly. Souter was then also cautioned, the total of five yellows wholly disproportionate to the nature & tone of the football match & a statistic that makes the side appear to be have played like Leeds in the 1970s, when in truth there was not a single malicious incident across the ninety minutes. It was the first time that half of the outfield players for Locos had been booked since a stormy Cove clash at Spain Park in 2016. Charlesworth had a great chance to level at the death but got his volley all wrong & the ball went well wide. Not a classic Locos show & in truth Mechanics were merely functional & organised but that was enough to scoop a triumvirate of league points on this occasion. Locos now host Clachnacuddin on Saturday at Harlaw (9th) kick off 3pm. Match Data, Locos first. Shots ON 4-6, Shots OFF 7-6, Corners 1-3, Fouls 14-6, Offside 3-1.