‘FOURCAST’ BRIGHT ON THE LOW FRONT

Breedon SHFL

Saturday November 9th 2019

Inverurie Loco Works 4 Clachnacuddin 1.

Gaffer Andy Low notched his first win at home as the lads played some lovely football at a perishingly cold Harlaw Park on Saturday afternoon. Match stats (LOCOS first). Shots ON 18-3, Shots OFF 7-3, Fouls 13-4, Corners 10-2, Offside 4-2. Yellows 1-0. Locos: A Reid T Reid Mitchell Watt (Gill) Souter Broadhurst Dingwall McLean (Cooper) Smith (Gordon) Hunter Stott. Unused subs: Gauld Burnett Buckham.

Clach: Williamson MacIntosh Finnis Webb MacAskill (Anderson) Callum Beeston Logan Gillies Bruce Miller. Unused subs: Lewis MacBride Sutherland. Referee: Dan McFarlane. Freezing temperatures, lower than forecast, had the Garioch wakening up to a hard frost on Saturday. The Harlaw Park goalmouths were pretty solid so match referee Dan McFarlane came to the park for an inspection, and with commendable practicality & proactivity, allowed Locos staff some time to thaw the frozen zones. Space heaters & the use of perspex panels to capture & optimise the heat, yielded success & turned frozen white to soft green. A returning match referee gave the match his blessing. Clach headed down the A96 having pushed Brora Rangers all the way in their last outing. Locos had a week of contrasts, the carnage & freak defeat on Saturday being cleansed & thoroughly overshadowed by a total performance at Pitmedden on Wednesday. Illness, injury & suspension were again factors in Andy Low’s selection, but the electric eleven from North Lodge was only changed by a returning Souter replacing an injured Watson. Mark Souter, making Locos appearance number two hundred was wearing the armband. A sold out Locos Hospitality included Gothenburg Great Doug Rougvie in their number. Locos were on top right from the off and only had to wait six minutes for their opener. Greg MITCHELL charging to the near post & flashing a header home. McLean had a header saved before Stott unleashed a beauty that had keeper Williamson at full stretch to tip over. Miller headed wide & a spectacular Callum diving header was off target too, to offer a wee moment of respite for a Clach side facing red & black tides of attack after attack. Stott shot straight at the goalie, Smith was wide after the goalie swiped at fresh air & a Dingwall free-kick was dropped, the rebound being saved as Mitchell chased a brace. Souter wide, Hunter shot saved, Dingwall shot too high & another Souter header went over. Jake Williamson then produced an amazing reflex block. Stott did nothing wrong, making decent contact, with the goalie’s save being truly top drawer. Andy Hunter had a header saved & a Smith shot was hacked off the line next. Williamson had avoided a cricket score before half time & with Locos attempt on target number twelve, he made another top stop on the stroke of half time. Little wonder the goalie was applauded from the field by the Chuff Chuffs. HT 1-0. Funny old game, etc etc. After netting one goal from twelve attempts on target, the Railwaymen proceeded to net two from two in two minutes! A rejuvenated Jonny SMITH stroked home his third goal of the week, wonderful to see this big popular man in the groove & playing football with a smile on his face. Virtually straight from the kick off Ryan STOTT positively crashed home a left foot smasher, taking the ball early to give the faultless keeper no chance. Clach weren’t for quitting & gaffer McLeod won’t have any grievances about workrate & appetite. Callum (twice) & Beeston shot for goal. Neil McLean had a shot charged down with Calum DINGWALL weighing in with goal four on the day next (& goal four for the player for the campaign). Dinger followed up on his own saved shot to pass the rebound into the net. Fifty six minutes & 4-0. Gill & Cooper replaced McLean & Watt. Stott jumped high & hung in the air before a dipping header fell just wide. Craig Gill was passing the ball around like a seasoned veteran & showing the football intelligence that makes him so highly thought of at Harlaw. A CALLUM shot was cruelly deflected past Andy Reid, harsh on the big goalie & his rearguard who probably deserved at least two clean sheets for their week’s work. Ross Logan showed plenty in this match to enthuse the hardy bunch of travelling Clach fans, & went on a series of mazy old-fashioned runs. With temperatures dipping the final whistle blew with three more league points banked. Inverurie face Aberdeen in the Morrison Motors Aberdeenshire Shield QF on Tuesday night at Harlaw (8pm) before returning to Formartine on Saturday (3pm) in the Highland League Cup. November 23rd sees the club host Broxburn Athletic in the Third Round of the William Hill Scottish Cup (3pm). 

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