CONNECT FOUR

Saturday August 24th 2019

Breedon Highland Football League

Lossiemouth 0 Inverurie Locos 2 Lossie: Black Leslie Archibald Gordon Bellingham B Campbell Sewell McCauley S Campbell (Allen) Forbes (Flett) Duncan. Unused subs: Clark Macarthur Ure Hutton

Locos: A Reid Mitchell Stott Burnett Souter Broadhurst (Watt) Dingwall Michie Gauld (Angus) Hunter Smith (Cooper) Unused subs: Quantril Cook Referee : Darren Munro. Match stats: Locos First – Shots ON 4-1, Shots OFF 7-3, Corners 8-0, Fouls 16-9, Offside 3-3. Yellows 2-0. Inverurie Locos continued their fine league form, now four wins in a row, with another win at Lossiemouth, with the determined, well-spirited hosts making them work hard for the spoils. With Thomas Reid unavailable & Eric Watson in the middle of his triumvirate of banned matches, Greg Mitchell was at right back & Ryan Stott at left back. The returning injured pair of Chris Angus & Andy Watt were fit enough to have places on the bench with Jonny Smith in the starting eleven. Legendary skipper Neil McLean missed out again, having not been able to play since being injured off the ball on the opening day. Conditions were exceptionally mild on the Moray coast ahead of kick off, although the length of the grass on the park was perhaps not ideal for Locos’ passing game. It was thrill for many of the fans to see Aberdeen & Scotland legend Bobby Clark at the match. The opening exchanges were scrappy & it was apparent that any rapid movement of the ball on the deck was going to be difficult. Fraser Forbes shot for goal but it was an easy stop for Andy Reid. Sam Burnett has settled into this Locos side with ease & a curling, looping effort touched the crossbar on the way over. Ryan Stott send a fifty yard cross field pass to Jamie Michie who volleyed narrowly wide. Baylee Campbell found himself one on one with the Locos keeper but his effort was neither a lob or a drive & went well wide. The same player then went to the turf extremely easily with Ryan Broadhurst nearby. The referee contented himself that a caution wasn’t needed for the Lossie played & on we went. Jamie Michie had a cross from wide right go just over the bar, Gauld went close & Dingwall had a shot deflected wide. James Leslie was next to need a chat from referee Munro, for an attempted trip on a galloping Andy Hunter. Mark Souter had seen a header in midweek appear to be over the line, both in real time & anecdotally from supporters of both clubs, & this his attempt struck the outside of the post. Leslie & Hunter had a very tame coming together which unfortunately yet again the play broken up again. Souter shot wide & Smith headed wide just ahead of half time. HT 0-0. The second half started as the first had ended, another stoppage for chattering, this time Michie & McCauley doing enough to have the referee feel justified in holding up proceedings again. Andy Hunter weaved up to & along the byline before dragging the ball back to Jonny Smith who couldn’t convert. Andy Hunter then flashed a header wide. Manager Neil Cooper asked Jordan Cooper & Chris Angus to take to the field with Neil Gauld & Jonny Smith coming off. The freshening up looked inspired almost immediately, with Jamie Michie flighting a corner from the right onto the forehead of a soaring & towering Mark SOUTER. One-nil, fifty eight minutes. Four minutes later & Sam BURNETT netted his first Railwaymen goal. The impressive player was rewarded for his perseverance, with the ball clearly in, despite Lossie’s desperate attempts to clear from under the bar. Kris Duncan had shown a neat first touch all afternoon & fired a free-kick wide. Ryan Stott unleashed a long range special that cleared the bar. Locos were bossing proceedings again without moving the score on, but this Lossie side, sitting in & grafting, could yet take points away from the movers & shakers in this most competitive of campaigns. A Duncan volley flew over late on as Locos claimed three points & a clean sheet. It was obviously never a classic but at the end of the day Inverurie had been professional & patient. Next up in a home match in the Breedon SHFL against Nairn County, fresh from springing the result of the season, a 1-0 win against title favourites Brora Rangers. Kick off at Harlaw Park on Saturday (31st) is 3pm.  


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