Two goal Mechanics dump Locos at home

Locos Kieran Adams sees an effort slip past the post against Forres on Saturday.
Locos Kieran Adams sees an effort slip past the post against Forres on Saturday.

Both Inverurie Locos and Forres suffered a midweek defeat with Inverurie Locos losing out to table topping Formartine by the odd goal in five, Forres Mechanics being well beaten by Clachnacuddin.

Therefore it was probably not surprising to see both sides focussing upon the defensive aspect of their game in the first half with just a couple of free kicks forcing the keepers to get their gloves dirty before the half time cup of tea.

Therefore it was probably not surprising to see both sides focussing upon the defensive aspect of their game in the first half with just a couple of free kicks forcing the keepers to get their gloves dirty before the half time cup of tea.

The game required a moment of magic and that is exactly what it got with young visiting winger Craig MCGOVERN dancing his way through a packed Locos defence before slotting the ball past Andy Reid to the delight of the small band of travelling supporters.

Their spirits were to rise even higher when, five minutes from time, an error from Andy Reid left teenager Lee FRAER to run in and easily slot the ball into the empty net for his first goal in over 14 months, ending a year long recovery from a training accident that shattered his kneecap.

With the entire squad and coaching staff running to the corner flag to congratulate the striker it was clear that the goal, as simple as it was, carried almost more meaning than the final result despite the win lifting the title holders into the top six.

It leaves Locos with a real uphill struggle to finish in the top six, and they can count on only one real effort of note, Steven Park thumping in a 25 yard effort a few minutes from half time, resulting in a smothering save from Stuart Knight. An extremely disappointing day for Ladies Day at the club

Locos Co-Manager Scott Buchan said, “Shambolic. From the sublime of the Formartine performance to the ridiculous. We were very good on Wednesday night, effort commitment and performance wise, against Forres we huffed and puffed in the first half without creating anything. I felt we’d kick on kicking up the hill but it got progressively worse. A quite embarrassing performance”

Inverurie Locos: Reid, Park (Souter 80), Graham, Bain, Adams, Broadhurst, Ross, Begg, Gordon (Bagshaw 70), McKay (Gauld 70), McLean Subs: Young, Bell

Forres Mechanics: Knight,G Fraser, S Fraser, Jones, McMullen, Macpherson, Archibald (L Fraser 75), Moore (Allan 72), Mackintosh (Howard, 89), Scott, McGovern Subs: Sharp, Stuart

Referee: G Fraser

This Saturday Locos entertain a Brora Rangers side coming off the back of a heavy 5-0 defeat at Deveronvale. Kick off is at 3pm.

• On Monday night playing at freezing cold Harlaw Park Inverurie Locos led Cove Rangers 3-0 in the Aberdeenshire League but eventually lost 3-4.

The only goal of the first half came in 29 minutes following the persistence of Mark Souter. When the corner came in from the right the ball broke to young centre forward Lee COOPER who drilled it home from just inside the box.

The score was doubled in 50 minutes, Neil GAULD getting in behind the Cove defence, rounding young keeper Timmy Capstick and rolling into the empty net.

Goal of the game followed through Souter’s great delivery from the right, Neil GAULD performing the bicycle kick action as he hooked the ball in off the underside of the bar.

It looked all over but sloppiness in defence let Stuart TAYLOR grab a quickfire double, amazingly another loose pass set sub Max Berton away on the left and finish with a sublime chip over Daniel Bell. Finally it was Stuart TAYLOR racing through one on one with Bell and beating the former Brora keeper who has been on loan at Fort Willliam

Team: Bell, Woodgreaves, Graham, Bagshaw, Souter, Watson, Roddie, Forsyth, Cooper, Gauld, M Reid Subs S Reid, Turriff, Coull