After a month of inactivity Inverurie Locos picked up the first full points of 2015 against a dogged Clachnacuddin side, winning 2-0, to climb above Formartine Utd into fourth place in the table.
Psychologically it was a pretty good day for Locos, with Brora drawing at Cove, Turriff’s game abandoned because of snow, Wick and Formartine clicking their heels because of warerlogged pitches.
The game went ahead despite the ever present icy wind and heavy snowfall in the lead up to the start but a goal in each half calmed nerves for the Red and Blacks who had lost the equivalent fixture in the past two seasons. In addition they were desperate to avenge a single goal defeat at Grant Street earlier in the season
A first attack of the game brought the opening goal. Ex Cove winger Jordan Leyden accelerated behind the Merkinch team’s defence and from the bye-line he produced a low cross which was partially blocked. However striker Martin BAVIDGE was advancing to fire into the corner from close range.
Clach midfielder Sean Fitzpatrick was stretchered off with an ankle injury in the early stages of the game and it could have been two in the 12th minute when Ryan Broadhurst failed to get power on a header from a Leyden free kick and soon after the prominent centre back headed Leyden’s in-swinger narrowly over the bar
Clach’s first serious attack in 28 minutes saw danger-man Paul Brindle angle a low shot and despite Scott Mathieson failing to hold the shot there were no players following up
The Lilywhites almost equalised right on half time, but Mathieson brought out a great diving save to foil Martin Callum
However it was 2-0 in 52 minutes. Campbell decided to block a swerving John Maitland shot with his legs. It brought pressure on his defence and although ex Clach player Martin Laing could not put away the rebound, captain Neil McLEAN was following up to drive into the corner, again from close range.
McLean was to shoot narrowly wide following a corner but the home side had to play out the last quarter of the game with ten men after midfielder Marc Young kicked out in retaliation after a foul against him.
But playing against the wind and against a resolute defence, there was no way back for the Lilywhites, Locos making regular substitutions late on to break up the play and looking very composed and resolute.
Inverurie Locos: Mathieson, Mitchell, Maitland, Young, Adams, Broadhurst, Michie (Forsyth 87), McLean (Begg 74), Leyden, Bavidge, Laing (Keir 90+2)
Subs: Anderson, Reid
Clach: Campbell, R Macdonald, Finnis, Watson, Dorran, Fitzpatrick (Maclean 18), Lawrie (Davidson 74), Callum, Brindle, N Macdonald (Robertson 63), McLennan