LOW’S LOCOS BOSS THE BELLSLEA
Breedon Highland Football League Saturday October 26th 2019 Fraserburgh 2 Inverurie Loco Works 3. Andy Low’s first SHFL match ended just his first Scottish Cup-tie did, with a thoroughly satisfying victory, three goals netted, & again it was won on away soil. Broch: J Barbour Davidson Hay Cowie Campbell Rae (Butcher) Beagrie West Campbell Willox (Young) S Barbour. Unused subs: Hannar Watt Simpson Cairns Locos: A Reid Mitchell Souter Burnett Watson Broadhurst Dingwall Hunter Gauld (Smith) Angus (Watt) Stott (Michie). Unused subs: Cook Gordon Cooper T Reid Referee: Graham Beaton Stats (Locos First). Shots ON 7-2, Shots OFF 4-6, Fouls 13-10, Corners 4-6, Yellows 2-0, Offside 5-0. Inverurie Locos secured their ninth SHFL win at Fraserburgh & it was a performance full of positives, worthy of yielding a wider winning margin if truth be told. Whilst talismanic skipper Neil McLean was suspended, that multi-trophy winning man Eric Watson was returning to the fray. Otherwise it was the personnel that were so impressive at Rothes. Fraserburgh was basking in late October sunshine & the park was again in exceptional fettle. With Halloween almost upon us, it was maybe entirely appropriate for Locos fans to be ruefully recalling the Bellslea ‘ghost goal’ that befell Inverurie in a cup-tie earlier in this campaign. Keeper Barbour let the ball run below his boot in the opening seconds causing the natives to inhale slightly sharply. The goalie then pushed a Gauld cross away next but Locos had no one in the correct place to slam home the rebound. The linesman’s flag denied Neil Gauld next as Locos opened briskly. Andy Hunter is contributing well & his flick on allowed Gauld to get a shot away. Bryan Hay volleyed wide as Fraserburgh looked to get into their stride, Barbour trickery & a subsequent low cross was superbly blocked by the rock that is Mr Eric Watson. Willox then headed over. Seventeen minutes in and a wooft what a goal! Chris ANGUS is in absolutely top form. Receiving a throw in, the blond bomber swivelled & blootered the ball home with a dipping first time shot that would grace any league in the world. Simply wonderful. Inverurie cheers were echoing around the Bellslea when they were turned into jeers. A Fraserburgh cross from close in was deflected onto Eric Watson with the handball penalty award appearing super harsh. It appeared to be a call made by the linesman rather than the referee. Locos players, bench & supporters were incensed but Paul CAMPBELL cared not a jot & stroked the spot kick home. The Broch weren’t really deserving of being level & never looked like scoring from open play. A Dingwall free kick flew over, Gauld rounded the keeper but had his shot blocked. Willie West had a chance to put Fraserburgh ahead but missed his kick. Mitchell & Angus had efforts batted away or blocked, with Soapy & Angus again then shooting wide. HT 1-1. If Inverurie were going to feel sorry for themselves & retreat into their shell, there was little evidence of this with the pressure applied again right from the kick off. Souter was cleared out with his penalty appeal denied, before fast feet from Barbour stopped the alert Angus putting the visitors ahead. Willie West headed wide before taking a theatrical tumble in the Locos box that might have seen other officials on other days issuing a yellow card. Inverurie looked locked into their left back area but a calm back pass & a brilliant Andy Reid clearance relieved the pressure. Andy’s clearance was like a three wood drilled up the fairway & a mistimed Broch jump had Hunter away up the left flank. A precision centre was met in trademark sniper mode by Neil GAULD to ease into double figures for a season yet again. Sixty one minutes & finally the scoreline was starting to reflect the play. Four minutes later & this was even more so. Ryan Stott, like his colleagues in all departments, was working hard & his ball forward had Chris ANGUS stride away & slide the ball home. Sub Butcher shot wide. Fifteen minutes to go & Broch handed a lifeline with another moment of the highest controversy. Andy Hunter appeared to be fouled on the edge of his own box to supporters from all angles. Referee Beaton shocked everyone but ignoring the prone Inverurie player on the deck & awarding the decision to the home team. The free kick was blocked but broke to WEST to fire home. It wouldn’t be a visit to Fraserburgh without edge of the seat drama. An injured Angus was replaced by Watt. Campbell headed over the bar then Mitchell made a goal-line block. Watt was chopped down with no yellow forthcoming for the late foul. Andy Hunter looked to have tripped on the byline but again no penalty. Andy Watt had a shot deflected for a corner as Inverurie finished the clash defending a hundred yards away from Andy Reid’s goal, which was a blessing for the Locos support. There were nearly fifty minutes on the clock when the whistle blew. This was a fine performance & a win that tightens up the table top. Locos host Wick Academy in the league on Saturday before popping across to Pitmedden on Weds November 6th, again on league duty.