INVERURIE Locos set themselves up for a big week of home action by bringing to an abrupt end Fraserburgh’s eight game winning league run with a 2-0 victory, but truthfully this was a Match of the Day in front of SHFL TV totally ruined by high winds.
Locos won the toss and elected to play against the elements in the first half.
Neil McLean was unlucky not to open the scoring in six minutes picking the ball up at the edge of the box from a Martin Bavidge rebound.
Graham Johnston saw a dipping free kick go narrowly over for the Broch in 17 minutes then a lay off came to Willie West 25 yards out but he too failed to trouble Andy Reid.
Reid was in good form saving low efforts from Scott Barbour and Johnston.
Home boss Kris Hunter was up in arms claiming a penalty when he perceived that Greg Mitchell had deliberately bundled Scott Barbour over in the box, but the closest they came to scoring was a minute from half time, midfielder John Willox sliding in to fire in a shot from close range, Reid saving at the expense of a corner.
Locos’ first effort of the second half, now with the huge wind advantage, came in 56 minutes, Martin Bavidge’s free kick lacking strength but they were now well on top.
And in 71 minutes they went ahead controversially in home eyes but in other eyes a straightforward decision. Bavidge accelerated to the right bye line, Marc Dickson , in trying to clear his lines, fell on to the ball and conceded a penalty.
Referee Graham Beaton immediately pointed to the spot and booked the defender. Dean DONALDSON sent Paul Leask the wrong way to put the Red and Blacks in front.
Johnston should have equalised but snatched at his shot when a loose ball off Barbour came to him in good position in the box but he ballooned well over.
DONALDSON made it 2-0 with ten minutes to go, sidefooting home from close range after sub Jordan Leyden accelerated perfectly away from Dickson to the left bye line and sent in the killer cross.
At the other end there were mild claims for a penalty when Johnston went down under a challenge from Kieran Adams while Reid made a great save from Barbour but Locos did something few teams do at the Bellslea, keep a clean sheet.
In turn they themselves kept up their record of scoring in every Highland League game they’ve played this season.
Fraserburgh: Leask, Cooper, McBride, Dickson, Cowie, Chalmers, Main (Davidson 79), West, Willox (Bruce 46), Johnston, Barbour
Subs: Fowlie, Noble, Paterson,
Inverurie Locos: Reid, Mitchell, Maitland, Begg, Adams, Broadhurst, Ross (Still 90), McLean (Souter 83), Gauld (Leyden 74), Bavidge, Dean Donaldson.
Subs: Young Mathieson
Ref G Beaton
This Saturday, February 15, at Harlaw Park, Inverurie Locos take on Brora Rangers. Kick off is at 3pm.