LEAP DAY LETHARGY

BREEDON HIGHLAND FOOTBALL LEAGUE Saturday February 29th 2020. Victoria Park, Buckie. Buckie Thistle 0 Inverurie Loco Works 0 Jags: Bell McCabe MacKinnon Morrison J Murray Cowie (Ross) Fraser MacAskill Urquhart ( S Adams) Goodall (C Murray) MacLeod. Unused subs: Wood K Adams McLauchlan Herbert. Loco Works: A Reid T Reid Mitchell Michie Souter Broadhurst Michie McLean Hunter (Stott) Gordon (Gill) Angus. Unused subs Watson Cooper Smith Watt Cook. Referee: Greg Soutar Match Stats, Locos First, Shots ON 2-5, Shots OFF 4-7, Fouls 8-1, Corners 3-8, Offside 4-2. Yellows 1-0, Reds 0-0. The SHFL very seldom serves up poor viewing but alas law of averages dictates that insipid matches will arrive from time to time & one such example was at Victoria Park in Buckie. Inverurie’s visit to the Jags became the only show in town as a succession of matches fell foul to waterlogged parks. As the Locos team coach pulled into Buckie at twenty past one there was barely a breath of wind but it whipped up by kick off to properly spoil the spectacle with a playable but bumpy & heavy surface not suiting the better players either. Locos had Neil Gauld injured but Andy Watt & Jonny Smith were able to take substitute berths after spells out. After a scrappy opening, Buckie threatened with a Goodall cross flicked wide by Urquhart. Fraser shot from a tight angle with Reid easily able to deny the Hoops player. Sam Burnett picked up a harsh yellow for a nondescript foul before MacAskill, easily the best home player throughout, forced Reid into a top diving save. MacLeod then had Reid denying him, with MacAskill & MacKinnon having further attempts off target. The strong wind had Locos penned in without being hugely troubled & Andy Reid had to be careful as a corner curled in below the bar but the big man did well again. Locos broke up field & Kyle Gordon was too quick for the Thistle backline, keeper Bell raced from goal, outside of the penalty box, & did well to block the shot with his chest, although it was a high risk strategy as anything nearer his arms would have seen a red card brandished. The whistle blew to end a disappointing forty five minutes. The second half started with yet more overhit passes & poor touches but Neil McLean, fresh from a new contract agreement, tried to bring much needed quality to the table with an audacious lob from all of fifty yards. MacLeod & Murray had headers off target with Angus shooting inches wide back at his old stomping ground. Ross headed straight at Reid from close in with McLean flashing a shot close next for the visitors. Chris Angus had a super chance to bank three points for Locos but he couldn’t get purchase on his lob & Bell was able to catch the ball. Sub Craig Gill also had a lobbed attempt fail to find the target, Scott Adams firing wide next as the stalemate continued. A grounded MacLeod attempt was well held by Reid, Jamie Michie shot over the bar before a contentious corner gave Buckie one last chance in overtime. It came to nothing & this one finished 0-0. The popular Friday football is back on March 6th as Fraserburgh visit Harlaw (ko 8pm), is what will be a wholly more attractive spectacle for the patrons.  


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