Locos draw away to wick

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Locos sit in thirteenth place in the Highland League table following a draw at Wick in a match that Locos probably deserved to win.

The Harmsworth surface was easily at it’s best ever condition as the game started in the roasting Caithness sunshine.

A succession of soft free-kicks was to set the tone for this clash with no fewer than thirty-three free-kicks awarded across the ninety minutes.

The stop start nature of the match, allied to somewhat wasteful final passes and crosses from both sides won’t see this one filed in the classic envelope, but nonetheless there was no lack of effort from any of the players in front of a good gate.

Easily conceded possession saw Wick break and a deflected through ball fell for MacAdie who finished well low down to Mathieson’s right. 14 mins - 1-0 to Wick.

Souter was yellowed on nineteen minutes.

Locos wouldn’t have to wait long to gain deserved parity and the leveller came from Jeffrey on twenty four minutes, converting from close in. 1-1.

Hunter then had drives saved before Joe McCabe found himself totally luckless as a shot hit the right upright before going across the face of goal.

Locos finished the half on top but just couldn’t find a wee bit of ruthlessness to go in front.

Despite the two yellow cards the half appeared to finish bang on the forty five minute mark, taking patrons in the stand by surprise.

Inverurie were now playing down the hill and continued to pass up chances with Leyden, Hunter and Souter all having a pop at goal.

A McLean free-kick was fielded before McCabe was denied by an excellent McCarthy block.

The same keeper looked very lucky three minutes later as a centred ball was fumbled into his own net with a free kick saving any blushes.

By this point Mackay and Jeffrey had also been cautioned and with the referee’s whistle repeatedly being heard there was a sense that the chance of all the players seeing full time was quite remote.

As the match entered stoppage time Souter was deemed to be deserving of another yellow & was dismissed.

A draw at Wick is never a disaster but the lads were understandably frustrated at the game’s close.

Locos will return to the far north again this weekend for another tough away trip against Brora Rangers, kick off 3:00pm.