Pre-season kickstarted against the Blue Toon

Inverurie Locos kicked off their pre-season match routine with a narrow single goal defeat to Peterhead, the game played on an impeccable surface and in perfect overhead conditions.

The new look Locos side had former keeper Stewart Gray helping out by playing in goals, while new signings Keith Thomson and Ally Graham were in the full back positions with Marc Young and Scott Begg starting in midfield and Nicky Gordon, now officially a Red and Black, up front.

Peterhead included Roy McBain, Rory McAllister and Jamie Redman in their starting line up while the likes of Neil Duffy, who recently arrived from St Johnstone, were on the bench. It was the visitors who were to make an early breakthrough with Bryan Deasley’s drilled cross-come-shot too hot for Stewart Gray to handle and Jamie Redman was in the right place at the right time to divert the ball over the line with a close range header.

Aaron Conway then went close in the 12th minute with a 20 yard free kick which curled into the side netting, having sufficiently worried Stewart Gray. With Peterhead creating the majority of the chances Conway was to bring out a fine save from the Locos stopper who pushed a thunderbolt effort over the bar.

However in that first half it was clear the Locos side were happy to play a patient possession game from the back before releasing the long passes Rory McAllister had been reasonably quiet during the majority of the half but he demonstrated exactly what he can do when he spun on a sixpence and cracked a 22 yard effort off the bar with Gray beaten all ends up.

The second half was more of the same with Peterhead on top but failing to take advantage of their openings. Locos rarely threatened against a well drilled Blue Toon back line with Clark Bain’s long range effort against his old team being one of the few of note for the Highland League side.

Both Martin Bavidge and Mark Hutchins went close for the visitors but there was to be no further scoring. In the second half trialists Ross Crosby and Richard Strachan of amateur side Kintore came on at full back and wide right respectively and can be reasonably happy with their outings having completed pre-season training with the club.

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