CITIZEN SMITH DELIVERS POWER TO THE LOCOS PEOPLE
Breedon Highland Football League – Wednesday November 6th FORMARTINE UNITED 1 INVERURIE LOCO WORKS 2 United: MAIN KELLY SMITH ANDERSON MCKEOWN LAWRENCE (GETHINS) RODGER LISLE WOOD (GREIG) MCGOWAN NORRIS (LEYDEN) UNUSED SUBS: CLARK LAWSON MACKINTOSH SIM Loco Works: A REID T REID G MITCHELL WATT WATSON BROADHURST DINGWALL MCLEAN SMITH HUNTER STOTT. UNUSED SUBS: A MITCHELL COWIE GILL BURNETT COOPER GORDON COOK Referee: Misiak Match Stats, Locos First, Shots ON 4-2, Shots OFF 6-7, Fouls 10-6, Corners 3-2, Offside 2-3. Yellows 2-2, Reds 0-0. Formartine gaffer Paul Lawson foretold of a Locos reaction to the carnage & mayhem of the Wick match & was spot on as Inverurie Locos produced one of their most complete & assured performances at North Lodge, to deservedly scoop maximum points. Locos were without half a potential first team due to suspensions, injury & illness, but gaffer Low’s selection still looked a strong bunch. Formartine United really should be mighty close to a league flag with the squad assembled & indeed a second XI from their group would be comfortable mid table at least. A word for the groundstaff at Pitmedden, this pitch was in stunning nick, hugely improved from previous surface woes & possibly the best now in the league. Heavy rain made it super slick, an asset to the Locos who set about moving the ball at pace right from the off. The rain, if anything, got even heavier in the early stages & Stott nearly capitalised on a McKeown under-cooked back pass. Inverurie were on top, winning critical challenges & revelling in the underdog status thcause Mainat many observers had given them. Quarter of an hour in & a whipped McLean corner saw Jonny SMITH stoop to head in, a goal all too easy from a home point of view, but Locos had an important early advantage. Watt had a looping header saved & Hunter shot wide as Locos fine opening spell continued. Twenty three minutes & dithering saw Smith cause Main problems & after rounding the goalie, the Locos attacker was felled. Penalty kick & Main allowed to stay afield, his foul being adjudged to be an attempt to win the ball. ‘Get your laces through it’ commented one Locos fan in the stand & SMITH obliged, crashing the spot kick with ferocious gusto into the onion bag, the drookit but resilient Chuff Chuffs dancing in the rain behind the goal. The scoreline was commensurate with the balance of play. McGowan & Smith were enjoying an old school dual with Smith’s yellow card unnecessary as the lads tussled without complaint. Rodger’s header over on thirty six minutes was United’s first attempt on goal, a big old slap on the back for every Loco for their massive shift & clever play. A Lisle free kick saw HT & 2-0 to Inverurie. An enjoyable break for a cuppa but Locos have been undone so often at NLP late on that a sensible realism was needed too. McGowan & Lisle shot for goal before Lawrence & Anderson shot wide too, as United finally got some attempts upon goal notred by the statistician. Tam Reid swung in a fine cross with a hat-trick seeking Smith heading wide. Ryan Stott was covering a vast amount of ground as always & was a thorn in the side of anyone who wanted a few extra seconds with the ball. Neil McLean appeared to be blocked off right on the edge of the box but nothing was given, the same player then smashed in a fine low drive repelled by Main, but the netted rebound was offside. A LISLE glanced header was possibly a flick on for a colleague but the homesters cared not a jot & were back in it. McLean shot wide from twenty yards with a McGowan dive not seen by the ref. Lisle headed wide with sub Greig then diving in the box. This time the referee saw it & offered up a yellow card. Stott couldn’t find Smith a squared pass to seal the deal before Hunter & McLean missed chances too. No matter, the final whistle blew to herald a brilliant Locos win, a splendid antidote to the unpropitious loss four days earlier. FT 2-1 to Railwaymen. Six points across visits to Bellslea & North Lodge is incredibly impressive – massive credit due to Messrs Low & Park, and to the togetherness of the players. Clach visit on Saturday in the League before Aberdeen come to Harlaw on Wednesday (as the ‘home’ team) in the Aberdeenshire Shield.