Locos leave Nairn empty handed

Locos captain Neil Mclean came closest to grabbing an equaliser on Saturday
Locos captain Neil Mclean came closest to grabbing an equaliser on Saturday

Inverurie Locos were left to wonder how they left Station Park without any reward from their opening Highland League outing of 2015/16, after losing out 1-0 to Nairn County on Saturday.

The first half was all about the away side who spent long spells camped in the Nairn County half.

They looked to have taken a deserved lead on the stroke of half time but controversially it was disallowed for offside. There was still time for Charlesworth to appear to be tripped inside the box but the expectant penalty didn’t arrive.

Locos continued to be the better side after the break but Nairn went ahead with their first attempt on target. A tidy and typical finish from the deadly Conor GETHINS.

County then enjoyed their only spell of dominance and forced Scott Mathieson into three wonderful saves. A decent penalty appeal for handball was turned down for Locos and to typify their luck Neil McLean then rattled the inside of the post.

Nairn have played far better in recent meetings without reward but that’s the way the football matches can go and Locos’ string of impressive individual performances on the day counted for nothing.

A surprise inclusion in the Locos team was former Ross County and Motherwell left midfielder Iain Vigurs whose brother Patrick played for the club three seasons ago.

Supporters will be keeping tracks to see if a permanent deal can be struck for what would be an experienced engine room addition to the squad

Striker Martin Bavidge missed out on the game due to holiday commitments. Nairn County: Antell, Webb, Macdonald (Urquhart 60), A Naismith, Glenn Main, Gregg Main, Duncanson (R Naismith 80), McKenzie, Cameron, Wallace, Gethins (Skinner 60)

Subs: C Maclean, Mackintosh, S Maclean

Inverurie Locos: Mathieson, Mitchell, Maitland (Young 85), Begg, Forsyth, Broadhurst, Charlesworth, Vigurs (McCabe 85), Ross (Laing 34), McLean Leyden

Subs:Souter, Robertson, McCaffrey

Referee C Spence

This Saturday it’s an eagerly awaited first home derby meeting of the season with near neighbours Formartine United, with former Locos Andy Reid, Neil Gauld and Jamie Michie making their first appearances against the Red and Blacks since their summer moves.

It promises to be a noisy occasion in front of a bumper crowd. Kick-off is at 3pm.