Saturday December 28th 2019
Inverurie Loco Works 7 Lossiemiouth 1
Match stats (LOCOS first). Shots ON 12-1, Shots OFF 11-3, Fouls 15-4, Corners 13-1, Offside 3-1, Yellows 0-3, Reds 1-0.
Locos: A Reid Mitchell Stott Burnett Watson Souter Dingwall (Michie) McLean Gauld (Gill) Hunter Angus (Cooper). Unused subs: Watt Gordon Cook.
Lossie: Black Bellingham Archibald Gordon McArthur Mccauley (Leslie) Ure Sewell Weir (Elliot) Duncan Allen (Forbes). Unused subs: Clark Wilson
Referee: Dan McFarlane
Inverurie Loco Works concluded the decade with a thumping win at Harlaw Park, & have netted twenty two confidence boosting goals across seventeen very pleasing December days. Temperatures in the low double digits ensured there would be no need for any pitch inspections with conditions as calm as they could ever be at this time of the year. Messrs Jonny Smith, Tam Reid & Ryan Broadhurst were unavailable so in came club captain Neil McLean to the engine room, with Ryan Stott slotting in at left back. Greg Mitchell was making senior Locos appearance number two hundred & was in the right back berth. A healthy seasonal crowd were inside the ground as Locos started the match attacking the Railway End, Lossie setting up in an understandably defensive shape, wearing their mid blue away attire. Gaffer Low, equipping himself with distinction in these early weeks of his Locos tenure, always demands speed of deed & thought, & this includes starting matches in a high gear. His Railwaymen showed full compliance again, with Angus pulling a shot wide, Hunter seeing Black pull off a tidy stop & Dingwall attempting a Paul Scholes-like volley from distance. Ryan Stott, arriving from deep, blootered a smashing strike that keeper Black saved so well at full stretch. All of this was in the first four minutes. Neil McLean is a footballer that makes Peter Pan resemble Father Time. Five minutes on the Locos scoreboard, glowing proudly in the mid afternoon winter darkness, MCLEAN collects the ball, drops the shoulder & strikes the ball low into the net. A wonderful goal from this superb Locos servant. Four minutes later & top work from Angus fed GAULD with a neat cut back which was duly despatched home. McLean shot over the bar as Locos dominated, McCauley then shot wide in Lossie’s first foray over halfway. Gauld then went so close to another goal with Allen heading well off target for the Coasters. Chris Angus was again in assist mode to set up GAULD for yet another of his trademark goals. A spectacular Angus volley flashed wide. HT 3-0. Jamie Michie replaced Calum Dingwall for the second half. Andy HUNTER has been an eager beaver for the team & got himself on the scoresheet with a sublime header from a whipped McLean cross on fifty minutes. Nine minutes later & it was 5-0. ANGUS stroking the ball home from twenty two yards. Eric WATSON approaching a centred ball at pace is a heart-warming sight for Locos fans & the big man positively melted a header home for 6-0. Five goals from centre half for Eck. Jordan Cooper replaced Chris Angus. Twenty four minutes left & a red card for Greg Mitchell. A poor touch had the Locos man stretching to regain possession. Any challenge in this mode is saddled with risk, given the current interpretation of the laws of the game, and whilst Greg’s efforts were honest, referee McFarlane deemed it excessive force. Neil Gauld bustled his way through Lossie & shot just wide of the right stick. The Garioch Gerd Muller wasn’t to be denied & bagged his Locos hat-trick number twenty four with a classy volley from a Hunter cross. Nine goals in four outings for GAULD, as he clicked his Locos goalometer onto 2 7 2. A Hunter header was well held by Stewart Black who manfully kept the score below double figures for Lossie. An Andy Reid clean sheet wasn’t to be, the lively substitute FORBES sclaffing his effort, which deflected off a Locos defender & behind Reid. A Nacho free kick was tipped over the bar, Hunter had a shot deflected behind & a flying Soapy Souter headed off target. Forbes contrived to head over the top from basically being below the crossbar. FT 7-1. Locos had again played a lot of crisp, neat football, mustering fifty attempts on goal across the last three hours of play & are certainly sending the punters home happy with their energetic brand of “Lowserball”. Inverurie start their 2020 vision with a trip to Station Park in Nairn on Saturday January 4th, ko 3pm.